For now you can still enjoy that first glimpse of Macau’s kooky skyline and dramatic flyover bridges as you gently rock into port.
You can also enter Macau from China, through the Cotai frontier post or the “Barrier Gate” on the northern border of Macau. Fly in by helicopter (a 15-minute flight from Hong Kong; one-way ticket from HK,700, tel:  2108-9898; like the big boys do. You can also catch flights to a range of destinations from Macau International Airport.
Soon came the fiery Dragon’s Treasure in the world's largest special effects projection dome, followed by a Michael Jackson museum, the 3.7m gallon aquatic spectacle House of Dancing Water and an onslaught of pro boxers and Biebsters.
Many have shunned Hong Kong in favour of Macau’s swanky venues, where dancing sirens, Dreamworks characters and digital mermaids join in the fun.
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In 2013, gambling revenue in Macau hit a staggering US$45 billion – up 18.6 percent from 2012 and seven times more than the Las Vegas Strip.
It is about 150 patacas (or Hong Kong dollars) one way.
The price varies on the time of sailing and also the day (weekend ferries and night sailings may be more expensive).Macau (also Macao), which returned to China in 1999 after more than four centuries of Portuguese rule, is located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern China.The 29.5sq km enclave includes the Macau Peninsula, the islands of Taipa and Coloane and the 5.8sq km area of reclaimed land known as Cotai, now linking Taipa and Coloane.An average one-way midweek fare is around HK0 rising to HK0 for weekend evening services.The new Taipa Island ferry terminal arrives late 2016 and come 2018 (somewhat delayed from 2016), Macau will be joined by bridge to Hong Kong and the Chinese border city of Zhuhai.Then came the casinos and Muscle MICE (a silly acronym for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions).