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Things to do in Macau

  • 28 Feb 2014


Inscribed by UNESCO as the Historic Centre of Macau, this vibrant city illustrates a unique blend of Portuguese culture and traditional Chinese traits. While visitors may get a feel of Las Vegas at first glance thanks to the entertainment centres and casinos, beyond all that glitz are gorgeous cathedrals, ancient temples and great fusion food.

Best of Macau

1. Senado Square

The town centre of Macau is where everything happens! Soak in the atmosphere of old Europe as you stroll amidst the neo-classical buildings lined up along paved mosaic boulevards and browse the many boutiques and shops along Largo do Senado.

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2. The Venetian Macau

The biggest casino in the world and an icon of Macau, the Venetian Macau has everything in one huge complex—shopping malls, entertainment centres, spas, hotels, restaurants and so much more! Like its namesake, it boasts Venice-style interior with rivers running through. When you want to take a break, just hop on the gondola and take a ride through its network of canals.

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3. A-Ma Temple

This oldest and most famous Taoist temple in Macau was built in 1488, a massive complex which consists of six main arenas for you to explore—the Gate Pavilion, the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence, the Hall of Guanyin, and Zengjiao Chalin. The temple is also enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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4. The Ruins of St. Paul

Macau’s most famous landmark was built in the 16th century originally as a college and cathedral. The aesthetic architectural beauty contains unique carvings such as Jesuit images of Oriental themes featuring, among others, a woman stepping over a seven-headed hydra! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular tourist attraction.

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5. Macau Tower

This national monument which stands tall at 338m is a great place to get the most spectacular bird’s eye view of this charming city. It also hosts a set of thrilling activities for adrenaline junkies. Earn your man (or woman) card by taking on the Mast Climb, Bungee Jump, Sky-Jump, or Skywalk X.

6. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

A huge theme park complex that screams fun for the whole family! Attractions galore include a 40m tall man-made volcano, replicas of European architecture, a Roman Amphitheatre, an Arabian-style children’s play area, video games centre, water performance arena, shopping mall, restaurants and many more!

7. Grand Prix Museum

Make a point to stop by this unique museum, packed with race cars, motorcycles and everything fast and furious, including the Formula 3 car that Ayrton Senna raced to victory in the 1983 Macau GP. Check out the simulator where you can experience the sensation of driving at above 200km per hour set against the background of the 1995 Macau GP.

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8. Macau Giant Panda Pavilion

Come say hello to the two absolutely adorable giant pandas that reside here, named Kai Kai and Xin Xin after the Chinese word Kaixin which means ‘happy’. See these endangered animals play with each other, eat bamboo, and nap peacefully without a care in the world.

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9. The House of Dancing Water

Treat yourself to a night of spectacle in this show on water held nightly at the City of Dreams Macau. Between the enchanting acrobatics, singing, dancing and acting, tells an epic story of a fisherman who was stranded in a magical kingdom and fell in love with a beautiful princess.

10. Lord Stow’s Egg Tarts

A must-have while in Macau! This marvellous treat is made up of toothsome crispy outer pastry crust and filled with creamy egg custard, an absolutely divine taste that will stay in your mouth for a long time.

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11. Step Out – Experience Macau’s Communities (Walking tours)

The best things in life are best enjoyed at your own pace, so why not experience the scenic sights and attractions of Macau on foot? Get your travelling feet ready for four walking tours that you can choose from – A Tour of Historical Trails, A Tour of Nature and Creativity, A Tour of East Meets West, and A Tour of Arts and Culture. These tours cover interesting sites around Macau such as Guia Fortress and Lighthouse, Macau Tea Culture House, A-Ma Temple, Macau Maritime Museum, and the Macau Cultural Centre. Check out the video below for a quick taste of the walking tour, or visit Macau Government Tourise Office website for more info and maps on each tour.

Nearby Attractions

Hong Kong

If you listen to the heartbeat of China’s steady rhythm, you’ll find that Hong Kong is the city that quickens the pulse. Modern, brimming with people and architecture, and powered by super-efficient public transportation, the city that lives to eat is compactly packed into one exciting metropolis that promises a worthy experience to every traveller.

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