Greyhound Racing takes place on Mondays, Thursdays, weekends and
some public holidays, at the Canidrome on Avenida
General Castelo Branco. The Canidrome is the only greyhound
racing stadium in Asia and its excellent facilities include 2 grandstands,
several private boxes and a VIP lounge. 300 dogs take part in races
on each racing day.
The Macau Jockey Club arranges flat horse races
at its track on the island of Taipa. A Free shuttle bus will take
visitors from the Hotel Lisboa to the pier and the racecourse on
racing days, the grandstand is air conditioned.
The Far East’s gala motorcycle and Formula III car racing
event, the Macau Grand Prix, is held during the
3rd week in November. Located close to the Grand Prix circuit is
the Macau Grand Prix Museum.
For the majority of travellers, gambling is Macau’s big attraction.
A large proportion of Macau’s Gross Domestic Product comes
from gambling and people regularly travel to Macau in the hope of
hitting the jackpot. There are 9 official casinos, all operated
under Government franchise and all open for 24 hours a day.
Both familiar western games and well liked eastern games are on
offer, and an assortment of slot machines are available - these
are called ‘hungry tigers’ by the locals.
Compared to western casinos, the atmosphere is simple, with the
emphasis on severe betting. There is a minimum bet, currently 50
patacas on games. Further information is accessible from the Macau
Government Tourist Board, who also sell a detailed leaflet called
A-O-A Macau Gambling Guide.
An 18 hole golf course is presented at the Macau Golf and
Country Club, Colôane.
Go-karting is presented on Taipa Island.
Swimming pools are found at main hotels and public
pools are available in Macau, Taipa and Colôane Island. The
best beach in the territory is at Hac Sa on Colôane
and despite the black colour of its sand, it has good facilities,
including toilets, showers and great restaurants.
Both a bowling centre and an ice rink
are offered at the Future Bright Amusement Centre.
Squash courts are available at the Westin Resort
and the Oriental Macau and Royal hotels. Courts and equipment for
tennis and badminton are also available for hire.