Macau made easy
Finding Macau’s most popular tourist sites, such as the A-Ma Temple, iconic Ruins of St. Paul’s and elegant Senado Square, has been made easier for visitors, as a result of new apps and tools for mobile devices introduced for digitally-savvy travellers.
Now iPhone and iPad users can explore areas such as the UNESCO World Heritage listed ‘Historic Centre of Macau’ from top to toe with the support of the new ‘Macau Geoguide’ free app, offering map browsing, keyword search, GPS mapping, distance and area measurement, as well as a bookmark system. Users can simply search their destination while connected to the internet and retrieve information at a later stage of their trip.
Meanwhile, a mobile version of the ‘Macau Online Map’ (webmap.gis.gov.mo) has also launched, enabling visitors to navigate Macau by simply tapping in the name of a hotel, restaurant, street or place of interest.
And with Macau one of the most ‘connected’ cities in the world, visitors can take advantage of free wireless Internet connectivity via the territory-wide WiFi Go service.
Helping non-Chinese speaking visitors to communicate with local taxi drivers is a new taxi translator. Compatible with Android and Apple smartphones, the ‘Macau Taxi Translator’ is a free tool visitors can download to translate street names and attractions into written Chinese and phonetic Cantonese on the go. Once downloaded, the tool requires no internet connection.
Finally, with the Cultural Affairs Bureau’s ‘WH Macau’ App, the city’s World Heritage sites are just a sweep of the fingers away. This handy app – which can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Android Market – harnesses the magic of the Global Positioning System to pinpoint sites throughout the Historic Centre of Macau. Its 360-degree virtual reality images and video clips can be accessed by mobile phones anywhere in the world.
For further information on Macau visit: www.macautourism.gov.mo