The Macao Special Administrative Region is located on the southeast coast of mainland China and lies in the west bank of the Pearl River Delta. Macau is situated 60 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong and 145 kilometres from Guangzhou of Mainland China.
From Hong Kong to Macau, there are three methods of transportation: by sea, by air and by land. This passage will introduce the three ways for you. TCT suggest that you travel to Macau by boat, which is the most convenient and economical way.
Take a speedboat to Macau is the best way for recommend, which is also the way most people choose to travel. Turbo jet (speedboat) is the main mode of transport from Hong Kong to Macau. There are four docks that will take you directly from Hong Kong to Macao, namely, Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan(香港上环港澳码头), Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal(香港国际机场海天码头), SkyPier Terminal in Hong Kong airport(香港国际机场海天码头) or Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon(中港城码头).
Between the two terminals, more passengers are willing to take the boat at Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal located in Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan. The reason is that Shun Tak Centre is sited above Sheung Wan MTR station; here is the terminus of many public buses and minibuses. Transportation here is very convenient. And there are also public buses leaving for the airport. Turbo Jets depart from Hong Kong in every 15 minutes, but the boats depart in only every 5 minutes during peak hours to increase the passenger flow. The whole journey in the boat takes about 55 minutes.
If you have the endorsement of Hong Kong but do no have Macau endorsements, you can still go to Macau as long as you fill a form on the boat. And you can return to Hong Kong as long as the endorsement period does not expire, i.e. within seven days. It is not limited to 24 hours for you to stay in Macao if your Hong Kong endorsement is still effective. But and if you want to return to Hong Kong and your Hong Kong endorsement is out of date, you need to have a Hong Kong endorsement that has not been used. Otherwise, you can only exit to Zhuhai.
You can also get to Macau by helicopter, which is a little expensive. Every morning, there are regular helicopter services to and from the Macau Ferry Terminal and the Shun Tak Centre on Hong Kong Island. Helicopter services must be booked in advance to Asia Pacific Airlines. The helicopter departs every 30 minutes. The fare is HK$ 4300 for one-way and it only takes about 15 minutes. If you don't want to waste time lining up to buy tickets, or if you want to save time on passport checks, then taking the Air Express is a perfect solution.
Visitors usually do not choose this type of transportation. They must first return to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, bypass Humen, pass through Nansha, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, and then enter the Macau by Gongbei. After the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the journey time in Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macau will be shortened to 30 minutes.
The best time to visit Macau is the autumn season started from October to December This period boasts most fine days without rain and typhoon.
There are many famous Macao attractions, such as the rich characteristics of southern Europe architectures; Ruins of St. Paul's - one of the most famous monuments; Farol da Guia - the oldest lighthouse in south coast; Monte Forte - still save nearly a hundred ancient batteries; Three ancient temples- A-Ma Temple, Lianfeng Temple and Kun Iam Tong.