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How to Spend 2 Days in Macau

How to Spend 2 Days in Macau

With two days in Macau, you have time to soak up the historic city center, marvel at modern attractions, wander Macau’s Portuguese villages, and see its Vegas-style shows. Here’s how to make the most of your 48 hours in Macau.

Day 1: City Essentials

Morning: Kick off your 2-day trip with a guided tour of Macau’s historic city center. Climb the steps of St. Paul, tour the A-Ma Temple (likely the city’s oldest Buddhist temple), and walk the last remaining section of the Old City Walls, dating back to the 16th century. Opt for the hop-on hop-off bus to tour at your own pace.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit one of Macau’s museums. Dive deep into local history at Macau Museum at Monte Fort, learn about Macau’s seafaring past at the Maritime Museum, get hands-on at the family-friendly Macau Science Center, or soak up the sun at Luis de Camoes Grotto and Garden.

Night: Finish off your day with the popular show, The House of Dancing Water. Created by former Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone, this multi-million dollar production features aerial and aquatic stunts above a 3.7-million-gallon (14,000-cubic-meter) pool.

Day 2: Colonial Macau

Morning: While Macau might have the reputation as the Las Vegas of China, it started as a Portuguese colony. This cultural heritage is alive and well on the Cotai strip, particularly in the villages of Coloane and Taipa. Walk the cobbled streets, have lunch in a Portuguese restaurant, or go for a swim at one of two public beaches.

Afternoon: After exploring Macau’s colonial past, step into the present at Macau Tower, the tallest building in Macau. Soak up the 360-degree views from the observation deck or choose a more adventurous option, like an outdoor Skywalk or bungee jump—the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 764 feet (233 meters).

Night: Wrap up your trip with another popular Vegas-style show, Monkey King – China Show. This performance at the Sands Cotai is based on the Chinese legend Journey to the West about the travels of a famous monk and the Monkey King. It’s subtitled in English.

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The House of Dancing Water Show in Macau

The House of Dancing Water Show in Macau

Prepare to be dazzled by "The House of Dancing Water", the water show extravaganza performed in a state-of-the-art theater at City of Dreams Macau. The sweeping love story begins when a storm sweeps a fisherman into a mythical land of pirates, princesses and other characters. The action-packed spectacle full of breathtaking acrobatics, motorcycle stunts, high dives and more. Colorful water jets and multimedia theatrics provide a visually stunning set. You have a choice of two showtimes each evening, making it easy to fit into your sightseeing schedule.
  • 1 hour 10 minutes