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Macau City Info

Macau (Modern Portuguese), or Macao (archaic Portuguese spelling) is an integral part of People’s Republic of China. It lies at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta and neighbouring on Guangdong Province. It has grown in land area from 11.6 km2 to 30.5 km2 due to land reclamation. 

Globally recognised as the “Vegas of China”, Macau is definitely a mecca of gambling and glamour. But the city offers more than that. It is composed of a mix of different cultures – Cantonese, Macanese, and Portuguese.

Macau Red Light District

Macau’s former RLD is in Rua da Felicidade, a location nearby the St. Paul’s ruins. The street can be recognised by 2-story buildings in red. Ground floors used to serve as adult shops and brothel patrons. It was then the adult entertainment district until the Macau government outlawed prostitution in the late 1940s.

Today, there is no official red light district but try to get in touch with some locals and they might suggest a few underground red zones around the city. Most prostitutes now do their business through agencies or independently. They can be spotted in low-rent buildings, massage parlours, casinos, and nightclubs.

History of the RLD

Records of cases of prostitution in Macau started in the 19th and 20th century. There were reports that Chinese syndicates arranged marriages for their convenience with Portuguese prostitutes to obtain citizenship. Reports of Japanese sex workers coming to Macau for work were also revealed. Since then, underground brothels have been closed down and several culprits associated with the syndicate have been arrested. 

Stay Safe in the RLD

Unlike many other cities, Macau is a fairly safe city to travel to. Although, there are still cases of pickpockets, harassment, scamming, gangs. But, you shouldn’t get into trouble when you consider touring around maintaining safety and precaution.

Macau Adult Entertainment

Prostitution and gambling somehow go hand-in-hand in Macau. The sex business intimately associated with the gambling sector is an ongoing phenomenon in this part of the world. Wealthy gentlemen who risk losing their money in casinos are usually those who have enough to offer money to an escort in exchange for her company. There are quite a lot of high class courtesans available. They frequent in casinos, malls, and disco bars. There are also those in the lower spectrum. Remember that rates vary according to the type of services.

Various available adult locations include nightclubs, bars, brothels, erotic massage parlours, and strip clubs.

Street Prostitution

  • Rua De Pequim – top street to spot sex workers. The girls have different nationalities: Chinese, Filipinas, Thai, Colombian, Vietnamese, and Indonesians.

Macau Nightlife

Macau’s nightlife is thought to be still in its infancy. Regardless, there are a few you can check out for some night of fun:

  • D2 (AIA Tower)
  • Moonwalker Bar (Vista Magnifica Court)
  • MP3 (Vista Magnifica Court)
  • Nicole Fashion Club (Fisherman's Wharf)
  • Sky 21 (AIA Tower)
  • Whisky Bar (Star World Hotel)
     

CASINOS

  • Lisboa Casino
    Avenida de Lisboa, No. 2-4, Hotel Lisboa 
  • Galaxy Waldo Casino
    Avenida de Amizade, Waldo Hotel 
  • Sands Macau
    Avenida de Amizade 
  • Macau Palace Casino
    Avenida de Amizade 
  • Mandarin Oriental Casino
    Avenida de Amizade, No. 956-1110, Mandarin Oriental Macau 
  • Pharaoh's Palace Casino
    Avenida de Amizade, No. 555, 3 andar, The Landmark 
  • Diamond Casino
    Rua de Pequim, No. 82-86, Hotel Holiday Inn Macau 
  • Jai Alai Casino
    Est. da Pelota Basca 
  • Kam Pek Casino
    Rua de Foshan, Centro Comercial San Kin Yip, 1 andar 
  • Casino Macau Jockey Club Casino
    Estrada Governador Albano de Oliveira, No. 142, Grandview Hotel, Taipa 
  • Mandarin Oriental Casino
    Avenida de Amizade, No. 956-1110, Mandarin Oriental Macau 
  • Marina Casino
    Aterro COTAI, Marina de Taipa Sul, Pousada Marina Infante, Taipa

Macau LGBT

You might be told that you’d have better chances of the LGBT nightlife in Hong Kong as the gay scene in Macau is barely visible. But you can check out:

  • Boom Bar – The only gay bar in Macau, located on Taipa island. Features a great interior and plays upbeat music for the hip gay/mixed crowd.

General Attitude Towards Gays

Gay culture is not that visible in Macau but a number of activists are trying to change the situation in the city. Although, gay and lesbian travellers should not be too worried because they are unlikely to be bothered by locals. Just one key thing to remember is to minimise any displays of affection as these may cause unnecessary attention from locals.

A group called the Macau LGBT Rights Concern Group was created in 2012 to fight for gay rights such as the inclusion in the domestic violence bill, same-sex marriage. A year later, the Rainbow of Macau was started which is the city’s first officially registered gay right group. 

Gay and Transsexual Prostitution in Macau 

It can be quite tricky finding someone for transsexual dating. But, you have greater chances when you search online.

 
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