Things to Do in Macau

What to see and do in Hong Kong? A LOT!

Hong Kong, one of the world’s most dynamic cities, offers unique experiences to visitors such as Victoria Peak, bustling shopping areas, dynamic street markets, peaceful fishing villages, star ferry, tramways, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park etc.

While, a side trip to Macau is worth your time and money. A former Portuguese colony dating back to year 1670, Macau is now famous for its range of casinos, gourmet and fine dining and historical architecture.

Besides, many more featured activities with lots of fun are waiting for you…Just come to find what your own Hong Kong is!

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Ruins of the Church of St Paul

No.1: Ruins of the Church of St Paul

Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins

Built in 1602, Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognizable, dramatic and popular icons of Macau City. With its statues, portals and engravings that effectively make up a “sermon in stone” and a Biblia pauperum, the church was one of the greatest monuments to Christianity in Asia. In 2005, the Ruins of St. Paul’s were officially enlisted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau.

Macau Tower

No.2: Macau Tower

Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ancient Ruins

Macau Tower is landmark of Macau. The tower measures 338m in height from the ground level to the highest point. It is the tenth tallest sightseeing tower in the world. Taking one of the three high-speed glass-fronted lifts to the 233 meters high observation deck, visitors will be amazed by the wonderful view of the Macau in all directions. Besides, the 360°Café is Macau's highest revolving restaurant, offering a sumptuous buffet that caters to all tastes. Besides, it offers restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim.

Macau Museum

No.3: Macau Museum

Type: Museums

Macau Museum, opened in 1998, presents the history of the city and territory of the former Portuguese colony of Macau. The setting itself is impressive, as it is built into the fortress. Displays are arranged in chronological order and logically laid out. There are many fine displays that you can walk through, reproduction of Macanese buildings, lots of information, and you can easily spend a few hours here.

A-Ma Temple

No.4: A-Ma Temple

Type: Temples

If you are interested in history and local religious customs, you should pay a visit to A-Ma Temple. A-Ma Temple, with a history of over 500 years, is the oldest temple among the three ancient temples in Macau (The other two are Kun Iam Temple and Lin Fong Temple). This temple is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen.

The name Macau is thought to be derived from the name of the temple. It is said that when the Portuguese sailors landed at the coast just outside the temple and asked the name of the place, the native replied “Jyutping”. The Portuguese then named the peninsula “Macao”. In 2005, the temple became one of the designated sites of the Historic Center of Macau enlisted on UNESCO World Heritage List.

Historic Centre of Macau

No.5: Historic Centre of Macau

Type: Historic Sites

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005, the Historic Centre of Macau comprises a Zone of culturally significant buildings scattered in the southwestern corner of the Macau peninsula.

Popular stops in the Historic Centre include the 15th century A-Ma Temple, where devotees of this Goddess of seafaring come to burn incense and pray for safe passage. You may also want to climb atop the old walls of Monte Fort where cannons which once defended against invading Dutch sailors now point towards glitzy casinos. Down on the street level the classic, pastel façades of Portuguese buildings give areas such as Senado Square and the Church of St. Dominic a fairytale appearance. Other stops like the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral show that history isn’t always kind, in that even the grandest of buildings are still susceptible to fire and disaster.

Kun Iam Temple

No.6: Kun Iam Temple

Type: Religious Sites

Considered to be one of Macau’s finest Buddhist temples, Kun Iam Temple is larger and less crowded than A-Ma Temple. The original temple can date back to the 1400s and is one of only two temples in the city to pre-date the arrival of the Portuguese in Macau.

Dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kun Iam features three main worship halls: Daxiong Grand Hall, Longevity Buddha, and Bodhisattva Hall. The temple is also known for its gardens, terraces and four gnarled banyan trees with interlacing branches known as the Lovers Tree.

Macau Casino Lisboa

No.7: Macau Casino Lisboa

Type: Casino

As you know, Macau is the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”. While, Grand Lisboa Hotel, located in the heart of Macau, has truly earned its reputation as one of Asia’s finest casino hotel. The famed casino hotel Lisboa has years of local history and gaming adventure under its belt.

The casino offers 800 mass gaming tables and 1000 slot machines. The casino is the first in Macau to offer Texas hold’em poker ring games. It was also the first to offer craps, though several other casinos in Macau now offer the game.

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