The iconic Macau Tower stretches a dizzying 338 metres above the city below. The tower is a focal point that attracts tourists to its panoramic viewing deck and offers extreme sports enthusiasts the chance to Bungy jump from the spire.
If you look up toward the top of the tower from the ground below you will often see a person standing on a small platform jutting out from the tower.
The view from the top
The view from the observation deck stretches 360 degrees across the city and toward mainland China. There is a glass floor beneath your feet with a view of the ground below.
Standing on the glass floor is not for everyone. Several of the people in my tour group went out of their way to avoid treading on the glass. The tour guide issued us with a challenge to jump on the glass and collected cameras to record the event.
The serious people were outside, gearing up to leap off the edge.
Bungy jumping and Sky walking
There is a dedicated viewing window to watch the jumpers inside the tower. The crowd collectively hold their breath in anticipation. The support staff count down the moments to the jump. A body on a rope sails gracefully past the window. The camera shutters click. Noses press to the glass to see the person fall all the way down. The rope flexes. The crowd gasps. The weightless body of the jumper bounces back up. The jubilant adventurer swung back toward the tower to be released from their cord.
The rim of the observation deck provides the opportunity to skywalk around the tower. There were no skywalkers when I visited. While I am not keen on jumping this is one occasion when I would have liked to test my sense of adventure with a walk in the sky. It is on my bucket list of things to do next time I visit Macau.
Getting to the Macau Tower
I joined a tour group which began at the ferry terminal and covered the highlights of old and new Macau. The tower is a half hour bus ride from the ferry terminal if you opt to catch public transport.