Why Macao is in pole position as 2018’s holiday hot spot
With this year marking the 65th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix, it’s time to rev up your next overseas trip…
Race day ready
Roaring into town every November, the Macau Grand Prix sees the city’s streets transform into one of the world’s most challenging and exhilarating motorsports circuits. Celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, the race began as a treasure hunt before becoming the major international event of today. As well as being the only street racing circuit that hosts both car and motor cycle races, it is one of the most demanding courses drivers will experience with a host of fast straights and tight corners. The highlight of the weekend is the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix which has seen motorsports royalty Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher all take home the FIA Formula 3 World Cup early in their careers. Catch the action trackside and soak up the electric atmosphere of the anniversary festivities for an extra special Macao experience.
So much to see!
The four days of Grand Prix excitement add an extra buzz to Macao’s vibrant East-meets-West culture. As a former Portuguese trading post in southern China, there’s a rich colonial history to be discovered. Take things down a gear and immerse yourself in the area’s unique past. Centuries-old European-style buildings, like the ruins of St. Paul’s, once the largest church in Asia, stand alongside still-used Chinese temples, such as the A-Ma Temple, which dates from the 16th century. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Historic Centre is not to be missed as old-world traditions blend seamlessly with modern, cosmopolitan architecture. From tai-chi to shopping malls, Macao has something for everyone. The thrill of the motorsports just adds to the allure!
More than just refuelling
It’s not just the motor racing that’s world-class in Macao. The cuisine is too! Whatever your tastes, there’s something new for your palette to discover and enjoy. Traditional Macanese recipes are thought to be the world’s first fusion food, combining European, African and Chinese flavours from the region’s colonial past. Sample sweet Portuguese custard tarts or spicy African chicken for an authentic Macanese experience. From simple, tasty street food to experimental haute cuisine, your taste buds are in for a treat.
Top pit stops
After experiencing the high-speed excitement of the track, you’ll be needing some time out! Macao’s hotels offer world-class accommodation with plenty of added extras. The brand-new MGM Cotai brings a new level of luxe to your accommodation choices. With 1390 impeccably styled rooms and suites, a plush day spa, fully-equipped fitness centre and large swimming pool, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. Slow the pace by taking in a show at the onsite theatre or browsing the hotel’s collection of contemporary art before enjoying a gourmet meal at one of the restaurants, all curated by top-name celebrity chefs.
For more information about Macao head to www.visitmacao.com.au or why not contact Helen Wongs Tours www.helenwongstours.com to find more out about the packages on offer for this not to be missed holiday experience. Packages start from $2900 per person, so book now!