July's best deals for a memorable stay in Macau
Chinese mythology includes the tale of a child who was born a grown boy and had never been a baby. He was also born to be a good fighter, and would fight anyone to defend the weak, including his father. He was later made a deity called Na Tcha, often depicted flying on a wheel of fire. To honour Na Tcha, worshippers - many of them working in the transport industry because of the god boy’s ability to swiftly move about - gather for his birthday celebration on the 18th day of the fifth lunar month. This year, an incense-offering ceremony will kick off the Feast of Na Tcha festival at 9.30am on July 3, in front of the Na Tcha Temple next to the Ruins of St Paul’s. A parade around town will follow, with a statue of Na Tcha escorted by a lion dance troupe. Another procession, the Prince of Na Tcha Parade, will also take place that day starting from a smaller Na Tcha temple on Calcada das Verdades, with the holy statue travelling on a palanquin that is more than 100 years old.
Pulling no punches
Watch boxers from around the world battle for the title at the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight world championship on July 18. The mainland’s "Ik" Yang Lian Hui, the undefeated No 2 junior welterweight contender in the world, will face undefeated No 1 ranked Cesar "El Distinto" Cuenca of Argentina. Also on the ticket is the Victory at The Venetian world championship, in which IBF lightweight world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey Jr from the US will defend his title against No 1 contender Denis "Genghis Khan" Shafikov of Russia. The undercard will feature fighters from countries including the Philippines and France as well as from Macau. Ticket prices start from 180 patacas; 5.30pm July 18, Cotai Arena.
All that jazz
As part of an ongoing series, the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau is teaming up with the Macau Jazz Promotion Association to bring in two jazz artists from Malaysia to perform a concert on July 25. Fingerstyle guitarist Az Samad and singer Kirsten Long will offer soul tunes at the quaint Amphitheatre of the Taipa Houses-Museum. Samad will also offer a guitar workshop the following day. His style is shaped by four degrees he has received from University of Westminster in Britain as well as Berklee College of Music and San Jose State University in the US. He has been performing around the world for 19 years. Free admission; 5:30pm-7pm July 25, www.iacm.gov.mo
For the past five years, the Associação de Auxílio Mútuo de Pescadores de Macau (Association of Mutual Aid to Fishermen of Macau), with support from the government, has offered boat tours during the low season in order to educate the public about the history of fishing in Macau. There are three tours every Saturday and Sunday, departing at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm and lasting 90 minutes. Participants will inspect the fishing boat while enjoying the vistas of Porto Interior, Ponde de Sai Van and Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho. Tickets are available for 30 patacas each at the association’s office, 24 Rua do Almirante Sérgio (near Rua da Praia do Manduco), until July 13.
Galaxy Macau is offering a Stay and Dine Package, priced from 1,688 patacas and up, that includes a night’s stay in a Galaxy Room as well as a set dinner for two at Terrazza Italian Restaurant and breakfast for two at Festiva. The room also comes with complimentary pre-stocked refreshments. And before you check out, take a dip at the Skytop Wave Pool on the Grand Resort Deck. Free shuttle bus service is available from both ferry terminals. Visit www.galaxymacau.com/en/macau-offer/hotel-packages.
HYFCO Travel Agency is offering a specially designed birthday package for two priced from 1,015 to 1,965 patacas per person depending on the date of departure. It includes a night in a Grand Deluxe King room at the Grand Hyatt Macau, a 500 patacas dining credit at the hotel’s restaurant mezza9, a bouquet, a birthday cake decorated with the appropriate horoscope sign, a 70 per cent discount at Isala Spa and free shuttle bus pick-up. Ferry tickets can also be booked for 120 patacas on Turbojet or 147 patacas on Cotai Water Jet. Visit www.hta.com.hk/index_en.php.