Cool ways to escape Macau’s heat this summer
Young and old alike can choose from a wide range of activities
It’s time to broaden one's horizons this summer and to make the most of what Macau has to offer - beyond the usual array of diverse cuisines and historic temples.
Escape the heat in Asia’s largest indoor frozen wonderland, Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World, where you can get accustomed to temperatures of minus 8 degrees Celsius.
The fifth edition of the Ice World has been organised by Sands Resorts Macao with assistance from Heilongjiang Provincial Ice Fun World Culture Communication, and Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
Craftsmen put the finishing touches to the project on March 16, by which time they had worked for about 200 hours and used 6,000 ice blocks weighing an estimated 1,260 tonnes.
DreamWorks Animation characters – Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon, The Croods and Trolls – were sculpted by gifted craftsmen from Harbin in northern China. Bright lights and stunning sound effects bring the sculptures alive in dramatic fashion.
Themed games and snacks, merchandise and character meet-and-greets ensure that visitors will have a great time in this wonderland.
The Ice World is open at Cotai Expo Hall F, The Venetian Macao, until July 9, from 11am to 8pm.
Water-based activities give everyone a break from the heat.
Slide the City Macau has breathtaking views of Fisherman's Wharf, while sliders negotiate the 100-metre giant slippery water slides, complete with a six metres high platform.
Slide the City is open from July 26 to 30, and there is a 10 per cent discount for tickets bought before July 6.
Music and partygoers will be out in force for the second and third waves of the Summer Love Pool Party 2017, organised by Pacha Macau at Studio City, and which presents the best house music by Grammy Award winner Roger Sanchez.
DJs will help partygoers experience Ibiza-style nightlife on July 15, while Sanchez takes over the decks on August 19. DJs Nate Owen and Hugo Cantarra will join the festivities for the after party on those nights.
Art and cultural activities are high on the agenda.
The largest dolphin-themed hotel in China is in Hengqin, a nearby tourist attraction which has undergone profound change in recent years.
‘Following The Changes in Hengqin’ 2011, 2014, and 2017: Photography Creative Exhibition, at Ox Warehouse until July 16, will show how such glitz and glamour has become established in the past seven years.
The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to see those strides through the works of seven local photographers: Sun Yan, Phooey Lee, Chris Ho, Tang Kuok-hou, Leong Man-pan, Alan Ieong and Jack Wong.
Ox Warehouse, which is also known as the “Old Ladies” House Art Space’, is a fascinating place to explore different art forms as it also offers sculptures, installations and sketchings.
Dream with Love Campaign, a community programme starting in July, supports underprivileged and disabled people by encouraging social acceptance and positive profiles.
One of the events is The 11 Million Reasons Exhibition, presented by the British Council and showing works by British photographer Sean Goldthorpe. The images feature deaf and disabled people who dance, and the showcase aims to spread the core messages of “One Unity” and “Embrace Diversity”.
A series of disabled art and cultural activities will be held at Taipa House Museum and Carmo Hall from July 26 to August 31. The latest information is on the website: www.taipavillagemacau.com/event/taipa-village-dream-love-campaign