Coordinates: 22°08′27″N 113°33′47″E / 22.14082°N 113.56310°E / 22.14082; 113.56310
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22°08′27″N 113°33′47″E / 22.14082°N 113.56310°E / 22.14082; 113.56310

Zona do Aterro de Cotai in Macau
Zona do Aterro de Cotai in Macau
Country China
Special Administrative Region Macau
RegionMunicipality of Ilhas
 • Total5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
 • Total~300
Time zoneUTC+8 (Macau Standard)
Area code0
Cotai Landfill Zone
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese路氹填海區
Simplified Chinese路凼填海区
Jyutpinglou6 tam5 tin4 hoi2 keoi1
Alternative Chinese name
Jyutpinglou6 tam5 sing4
Portuguese name
PortugueseZona do Aterro de Cotai

Cotai (Chinese: 路氹城; Cantonese Yale: Louhtáhm Sìhng; Portuguese: Cotai) is a 5.2-square-kilometer (2.0 sq mi) piece of reclaimed land on the top of the Seac Pai Bay between Taipa and Coloane islands in Macau[1] that has connected two independent islands since 2005. The name, which is a portmanteau of Coloane and Taipa, can also refer to the island formed by the reclaimation. In the second sense, the Special Administrative Region of Macau now consists of the Macau Peninsula, plus Cotai Island, about a mile to the south.[2]

Cotai was created to provide Macau with a new gambling and tourism area, since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce. Many hotels and casinos can now be found on the island.[3] In 2006, a new hospital was founded in the Cotai area, the MUST Hospital, which is associated with the Macau University of Science and Technology Foundation.


In 1968, a causeway (Estrada do Istmo) connecting Taipa and Coloane was inaugurated.[4] Throughout the 1990s, a series of landfill works expanded this isthmus, and after the 1999 transfer of sovereignty over Macau from Portugal to China, further landfills began to expand this small isthmus further.

Hotels and casinos[edit]

The "Cotai Strip" is a name designating the entire hotel-casino area, where the term "Cotai Strip" has been trademarked by Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which coined the phrase (USPTO Registration Nos. 4396486 and 4396486 for gambling and hotel services), and only applies to its properties.[citation needed]

Galaxy Entertainment Group's Grand Waldo Hotel was the first casino to commence operations in Cotai, opening its doors in May 2006.[citation needed] The construction of many other casinos and hotel projects is currently underway. The largest and most notable property on Cotai so far is Las Vegas Sands' The Venetian Macao, which opened its doors on August 28, 2007.[5] Melco PBL Holdings opened the City of Dreams directly across the street from the Venetian on June 1, 2009.[citation needed]

As of October 2023, a number of new hotel-casinos have already opened in Cotai, with more in the pipeline for the ensuing years. Two of the most highly anticipated additions to the region are the Grand Lisboa Palace and the Lisboeta Macau, both scheduled to fully launch soon.[6][7]

List of hotels and casinos[edit]

Tourist attractions[edit]


  • Cotai Jet – high speed catamaran owned by The Venetian Macao, operating ferry services between Taipa Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong
  • Macau Light Rapid Transit - a mass transit system in Macau that began partial operations in 2019. Planned expansions will serve the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Cotai, serving major border checkpoints such as the Border Gate, the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, the Lotus Bridge Border, and the Macau International Airport. The Ocean-to-Taipa-Ferry-Terminal line began operations in late 2019.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tan, Anthony (25 November 2006). "Must-see Macau". The Star. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Macao hoists Signal No. 9 to embrace Typhoon Mangkhut". Archived from the original on September 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  3. ^ Starkweather, Maxim. "History of Cotai - The Creation of Cotai - Macau Casinos". Macau Casinos. Archived from the original on 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  4. ^ Quadros, Saldanha (15 March 2018), "Macao, Cotai, and The New Architecture", Macao Magazine, retrieved 2020-04-16
  5. ^ Venetian Macao press release, 28 August 2007
  6. ^ "SJM flags casino ambitions for newly opened Lisboeta Macau". IAG. 19 July 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  7. ^ "GGRAsia – Grand Lisboa Palace opens at noon, all new tables mass play". GGRAsia. Archived from the original on 2021-07-30. Retrieved 2021-08-22.

External links[edit]

  • Cotai travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Media related to Cotai at Wikimedia Commons