The Canidrome, located in the northern part of the city, is the only Greyhound Racing facility in Asia. Today, it is considered one of the largest and best equipped in the world.
What makes the Canidrome unique is a 500-yard oval track, two grand stands, several private boxes, special private track-level enclosures, a VIP lounge and a coffee shop. It also includes ten kennels, a training kennel, which includes x-ray, operating and treatment rooms.
Races are held four times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays with over 300 dogs racing each day. Races are broadcast over radio and TV from broadcast studios also located within the complex.
Another unique feature of the Canidrome is that it is the first to automatically grade greyhounds by computer. Greyhounds are raised or lowered in class according to their performance as monitored by a computer system.
Another computer system performs the various bet computations to drive the totalizator board on the track as well as hundreds of betting machines located in the Canidrome and in varied off-track betting centres around Macau. Thus, the Canidrome can offer punters a varied mix of betting possibilities starting from win and place, right through quinellas, trifectas, double quinellas, double trifectas, and up to all-up win and all-up place. This gives the potential of large gains from small investments.
Off-course centres are located at Hotel Lisboa, Kam Pek Casino, Jai Alai Casino, and the Wing Heng Building on Avenida Almeida Ribeiro.
Entry to the Canidrome is 2 patacas and to the Members' stand is 5 patacas.
Macau is a free port and imported goods are generally taxed at low rates, the prices are cheaper than many other cities in the region. Most popular buys remain jewellery (particularly gold), Chinese antiques, porcelain, pottery, electric gadgetry, watches, knitted wear, etc. They are available at duty free prices and no sales tax is charged, but bargaining is standard on such items.
When shopping for antiques, jewellery and gold, it is better to patronize recommended shops rather than street stalls. Don't expect to buy real treasures from such souvenir stalls as those located at St Paul's, the Border Gate and Penha Hill.
Get a warranty card for jewellery, gold, cameras, watches and electrical goods and a receipt for all purchases, and be sure that you understand what is written on them.
For knitted-wear and locally-made clothes at economical prices there are many street stalls near Senate Square and in Rua da Palha.
Another popular buy is Chinese herbs and medicine, dried seafood like shark's fins and abalone, and Chinese and Macanese pastries.
The main shopping areas are Avenida Almeida Ribeiro - famous boutiques like Lanvin, Cartier, Mondi, Bally are located, Avenida do Infante D. Henridque, Rua do Campo and the Outer Harbour, where you find brandname fashions, duty-free cosmetics, high quality children's wear, bargain - priced electronics and much more at the New Yaohan and Landmark department stores. For antiques, reproductions of antiques, exquisite handcrafts and other collectibles there are shops on streets around St. Paul's and below Monte Fort, as well as in Coloane village.
With the objective of upgrading the service quality and standards as well as facilitating continuous development of the retail and tourism services industry of Macau, the Macau Association of Retailers and Tourism Services has established the Quality Service Logo Scheme. With this Scheme, it is hoped that both the quality standard of retail shops and tourist confidence for shopping in Macau can be assured.
The establishment of the Quality Service Logo Scheme is to recognize the service quality of merchants in the retail and tourism service industry. Outlets that can successfully meet the criteria, are attributed with the Logo.
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