As Macao gears up for the 2021 Macau Grand Prix season, plenty of fun on and off the track awaits visitors
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As Macao inches into November, the air around the destination is charging up with excitement. It is the Macau Grand Prix season from November 18 to 21, but fans of the fast and the furious are presented with more than just the motorsport to get their adrenaline fix.
Begin a journey into the Macau Grand Prix’s past and present through the voices of drivers and riders that have raced through the iconic Guia street circuit over the past six decades, and through insightful peeks into the unique atmosphere, character and emotion of a Macau Grand Prix Weekend – all captured in the film, The Legend of the Macau Grand Prix.
The Legend of the Macau Grand Prix by local filmmaker Sérgio Basto Perez, who has been in charge of film making at MGTO for years, is one of the six nominations for the Best Event Film category at the International Motor Film Awards 2021. The International Motor Film Awards is the world’s most prestigious awards event for the automotive film and television industry.
Visitors to Macao can catch the film at the Macao Grand Prix Museum and enjoy the races in full audio and visual glory, thanks to the latest 4K projection and 7.1 surround sound technologies at the new Screening Room. It is shown twice daily every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 12.00 and 16.00; and four times daily on weekends at 11.00, 12.00, 16.00 and 17.00.
While there, take time to explore the museum, which reopened on June 1 this year following extensive renovations since 2017. Today, the Macao Grand Prix Museum boasts a larger space – across four floors – as well as new interactive displays and virtual reality racing stations that give visitors a taste of motor racing.
Operating hours and conditions may change due to Covid-19 safe measures. Visitors should contact the the Macao Grand Prix Museum (+853 8593 0515) ahead of their visit.
Here are some fun facts about the Macau Grand Prix to whet your appetite: the 6.2km Guia circuit is regarded as one of the most demanding motor racing tracks in the world, all thanks to its many twisty corners and fast straights; the track served very briefly as a treasure hunt street route before being used for amateur races; and the event is well loved for its Formula 3 and 4 championships as well as the Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Exhilaration power up
Beyond the high-pitched whine of racing engines, Macao has many other experiences that will delight thrill-seekers.
The new GoAirborne Macau at Lisboeta Macau integrated resort is said to be the first skydiving centre in Macao. Featuring an international competition standard 15m tall wind tunnel, the centre offers every guest – from first timers to professional flyers – an opportunity to enjoy the sport in a safe and controlled environment.
Instructors are on hand to guide first-timers, who can pick from various packages, from a single-dive Teaser Package to the six-dive Trial Training Package. Children four years old and up are welcome.
Lisboeta Macau integrated resort is also home to yet another fresh attraction – Zipcity Macau. Positioned as Asia-Pacific’s first urban zipline attraction, the facility combines exhilarating thrills of ziplining with extra-sensory audio-visual experiences. The experience is great for family day-outs and student groups.
Day and night rides are available, each presenting a different 360-degree view over the city of Cotai. A spectacular audio-visual show awaits night fliers.
Pace your time at both GoAirborne Macau and Zipcity Macau with a stay at one of the hotels within the Lisboeta Macau integrated resort, which features collective memories of Macao and her iconic landmarks. Hotels to open at Lisboeta Macau include Lisboeta, LINE FRIENDS presents CASA DE AMIGO and Maison L’Occitane – all bearing unique themes. Even more fun can be found here, such as the Night Market @ Lisboeta and Guia Electric Karting.
Operating hours and conditions may change due to Covid-19 safe measures. Visitors should contact the GoAirborne Macau (+853 2888 0882) and Zipcity Macau (firstname.lastname@example.org) ahead of their visit.
Need more action? Quench competitive thirst with a round of paintball war games, coordinated by destination specialist Follow Me Macau.
Participants are provided with military equipment, a pair of protective gloves and a flak jacket for close-quarter battle, as well as a safety briefing and introduction to gun usage. Three games will be played in groups until a winning team emerges. Advance reservations are required.
Light up the night
Macao continues to extend her invitation to visitors to play all day and all night when the Macao Light Festival returns from December 4, 2021 to January 2, 2022.
First launched in 2015, the annual event puts Macao in the spotlight – quite literally – with projection mapping and light installations. More than offering a visual treat to destination visitors, Macao Light Festival presents the perfect opportunity to appreciate and learn about the local community, culture and history through interactive activities.
In 2020, the popular festival transformed Macao into a romantic city, with visitors invited to explore four thematic light installation routes – Circus, Time Tunnel, Candy Kingdom and Music Box of Lights – and appreciate stunning light installations and participate in interactive games along the way. The route covered various landmark locations, such as Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, Anim’Arte NAM VAN and Taipa Village.
Macao Light Festival 2021 promises to be ever more exciting, so stay tuned for details!