What is Macau’s cultural scene like?

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With all the ongoing excitement over Macau being the new Vegas, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there was little else to see or do but gamble. However, the city is surprisingly rich with culture, and boasts a year-round roster of entertainment that doesn't involve entering a casino. Events include the International Music Festival in October; the annual Macau International Fireworks Display Contest in September; and the famous Formula 3 Grand Prix held every November — a glamorous motorsport carnival that is often compared to Monaco's yearly Formula 1 race. Still not convinced? Check out one of the many performances by major music acts — such as Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Sting, Celine Dion and Beyoncé — or Cirque du Soleil and its amazing acrobatics show Zaia, all of which have been held under the towering roof of the Venetian.

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    What is the best Macau nightlife?

    Photo Courtesy of The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel Macau's nightlife is noisy and diverse — and, believe it or not, it goes beyond blackjack. You'll find your fair share of bars, clubs, and even an Irish pub. Late-night revelers also have it good here — a few bars and clubs stay open till 4 or 5 a.m., for those who like to blur the line between nightcaps and eye-openers.

    A good-looking crowd of twenty- to forty-somethings hits the Bellini Lounge in The Venetian Macao Resort and Hotel on weekends and on the popular Wednesday ladies' night. D2 located at Avenida Comercial de Macau in the AIA Tower is a different animal, in that it calls for some 007-style sleuthing. You'll need to take the elevator on the right to the second floor, at which point the thumping beats will lead you the rest of the way. Once inside, expect a busy dance floor, replete with male and female go-go dancers onstage. The décor exudes a modern, intimate and colorful vibe. The music, on the other hand, is downright loud, so make sure you bring your dancing shoes and caffeine pills — you’ll need both, if you’re to last all night.

    If you're looking for geographical convenience and don't mind pricier drinks and the occasional dodgy spot to drink them in, then hop in a cab and head for the Docks — a seaside thoroughfare lined with about 20 restaurants, cafés and bars. Whisky Bar is a mere two blocks away, and is considered a place for the civilized. The bar is elegantly decorated, and the crowd is composed of partygoers and young expats looking for an early-evening cocktail before doing a 180 and heading to the Docks or Lion's Bar. The latter is situated in MGM Grand Macau, and is the place to be seen on the weekends. Many of the live bands that play here travel from as far away as the U.S., and the casual-chic clientele tends to be slicker and more selective.
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    What are the best local dishes in Macau?

    The most famous of the Macanese dishes is probably minchi. It’s a simple recipe made by minced meat (beef or pork), potato, onion, vegetables, soy sauce and usually served with a fried egg. This very tasty Macanese recipe can be found in many local restaurants.
    There are other popular recipes, like Galinha à Africana (whole chicken baked with chilies, garlic and in coconut milk) and Tacho, a meat stew with a slightly sweet base.
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    What are the best tours of Macau?

    A tour through the historical center of Macau takes just a few hours and it’s very rewarding. This area was recognized as part of Unesco’s world heritage in 2005, including monuments of Western origin like the Ruins of St. Paul (along with many other churches) and Chinese sites, as the Mandarin House and the A-Ma temple.
    For something completely different, head for a Cotai tour, where many large casino-resorts are “sprouting”. The largest casino in the world is located on this strip of reclaimed land.
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  • On June 9, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    What are the best tours of Macau?

    A tour through the historical center of Macau takes just a few hours and it’s very rewarding. This area was recognized as part of Unesco’s world heritage in 2005, including monuments of Western origin like the Ruins of St. Paul (along with many other churches) and Chinese sites, as the Mandarin House and finally A-Ma temple.
    For something completely different, head for a Cotai tour, where many large casino-resorts are “sprouting”. The largest casino in the world is located on this strip of reclaimed land.
  • On June 9, 2013
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    What are the best stores for designer clothes in Macau?

    Macau’s São Lázaro district is becoming a hub for the city’s arts scene. There we can find the "Fashion Gallery," showcasing local designers' creations. Some of the  clothes blend in classic Chinese elements with a modern twist. The shop is located inside a renovated government-owned building that sometimes holds local designers exhibitions.
    Another place to visit is the “C-Shop” (facing the Old Court building) that sells local fashion designers work, complemented with innovative style clothing.
  • On June 5, 2013
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    Where can I go watch sports in Macau?

    The Macau Grand Prix races are a must-see for autosport fans. Every year in mid-November, the city revolves around the Guia circuit, where many drivers (including names like Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna) have proven their talent before ascending to F1 champions. In 2013 the event will last two weekends (instead of one), because of the 60th edition celebrations. The highlight of the program is the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, but other major races are featured, including the Motorcycle Grand Prix and the spectacular FIA World Touring Car Championship. Tickets cost around USD50 for race days.
    Besides the Grand Prix, there are other sport events worth seeing. The "FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Macau" has grown considerably over the past years. This tournament sees the China women’s national volleyball team playing against teams like Brazil, Argentina or the USA. It’s usually played in June.
    The “Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold” is another event to watch out for. The championship features some of the world’s top players. Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, currently world’s ranking leader, won this tournament in 2009.
  • On June 5, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    Where can I go watch sports in Macau?

    The Macau Grand Prix races are a must-see for autosport fans. Every year in mid-November, the city revolves around the Guia circuit, where many drivers (including names like Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna) have proven their talent before ascending to F1 champions. In 2013 the event will last two weekends (instead of one), because of the 60th edition celebrations. The highlight of the program is the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, but other major races are featured, including the Motorcycle Grand Prix and the spectacular FIA World Touring Car Championship. Tickets cost around USD50 for race days.
    Besides the Grand Prix, there are other sport events worth seeing. The "FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Macau" has grown considerably over the past years. This tournament sees the China women’s national volleyball team playing against teams like Brazil, Argentina or the USA. It’s usually played in June.
    The “Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold” is another event worth seeing. The championship features some of the world’s top players. Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, currently world’s ranking leader, won this tournament in 2009.
  • On June 5, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    Where can I go watch sports in Macau?

    The Macau Grand Prix races are a must-see for autosport fans. Every year in mid-November, the city revolves around the Guia circuit, where many drivers (including names like Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna) have proven their talent before ascending to F1 champions. In 2013 the event will last two weekends (instead of one), because of the 60th edition celebrations. The highlight of the program is the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, but the  other major races are featured, including the Motorcycle Grand Prix and the spectacular FIA World Touring Car Championship. Tickets cost around USD50 for race days.
    Besides the Grand Prix, there are other sport events worth seeing. The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Macau has grown considerably over the past years. This tournament sees the China women’s national volleyball team playing against teams like Brazil, Argentina or the USA. It’s usually played in June.
    The “Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold” is another event worth seeing. The championship features some of the world’s top players. Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, currently world’s ranking leader, won this tournament in 2009.
  • On June 5, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    Where can I go watch sports in Macau?

    The Macau Grand Prix races are a must-see for autosport fans. Every year in mid-November, the city revolves around the Guia circuit, where many drivers (including names like Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna) have proven their talent before ascending to F1 champions. In 2013 the event will last two weekends (instead of one), because of the 60th edition celebrations. The highlight of the program is the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, but the program features other major races, including the Motorcycle Grand Prix and the spectacular FIA World Touring Car Championship. Tickets cost around USD50 for race days.
    Besides the Grand Prix, there are other sport events worth seeing. The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Macau has grown considerably over the past years. This tournament sees the China women’s national volleyball team playing against teams like Brazil, Argentina or the USA. It’s usually played in June.
    The “Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold” is another event worth seeing. The championship features some of the world’s top players. Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, currently world’s ranking leader, won this tournament in 2009.
  • On June 5, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    What is the hottest nightclub in Macau?

    Previously located in the Macau Peninsula, Club Cubic moved to a much larger venue inside Cotai’s City of Dreams resort. This 30,000 square feet nightclub constantly organizes parties with international DJ’s and concerts featuring artists like the Brit Award-winning songwriter Taio Cruz and the R'n'B star and hit maker Akon. The club has become very popular amongst the locals. It also attracts many revelers from Hong Kong.
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