8 Best Things to Do in Macau

What to do in Macau? No matter how long you would like to stay in Macau, here are top 8 things for you to do in Macau. As a former colony, Macau is a city with both western and Chinese elements. From Macau attractions you will learn more about Macau. You could go to those historical sites and ancient villages to find a old Macau. While wandering around Historical Center of Macau, one of UNESCO World Heritages, and strolling in the Taipa Village, you could explore an authentic Macau. Furthermore, you could taste special local foods at Rua do Cunha, experience the breath-taking Macau Tower adventure, watch hair-rising show of House of Dancing Water, learn about Chinese tea culture, sit and sip Portuguese Wines, and have a relax at Hac Sa Beach. Start your Macau tour from our guide of the top must-do in Macau!

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Top 1: Wander Around Historical Center of Macau

Opening Hour: All day long, every day (Except some museums here)

Best Time to Experience: All year round

How Long to Spend: About 3-4 hours

Ticket Price: Free (Except some museums here)

Where & How to Go There: Old Town District, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区古城区). It needs about 15 minutes (8 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus MT4 (Macau Airport Station to A-ma Temple Station) and Bus No.26 (Av. Son On Station) are available.

Historical Center of Macau is a collection of over twenty locations that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau, a former Portuguese colony. In 2005 the Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China. It represents the architectural legacies of the city's cultural heritage.

You could travel from the A-ma Temple (Free, 7:00~18:00), dedicating to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. The name Macau is thought to be derived from the name of the temple. Then you can go to Macau Maritime Museum (Wednesday~Next Monday: 10:00~18:00, Sunday: $0.62, Other Days: $1.25) exhibiting the history of the maritime industry in Macau, China and Portugal. Then walk towards the north of A-ma Temple, you could see the Lilau Square where gathered traditional houses of Portuguese in Macau. Then you could walk to Mandarin's House, the residence of the late Qing theoretician and reformist Zheng Guanying. He completed his masterpiece of Shengshi Weiyan (Words of Warning in Times of Prosperity) in the house. Walking around the roads, you could see the Senado Square, the center of Macau. You should also have a look at the Ruins of St Paul' s Cathedral, which is one of the greatest monuments to Christianity in Asia. There are many other historical sites as Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte), St. Dominic's Church, etc.

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Top 2: Eat Special Local Foods at Rua do Cunha

Opening Hour: All day long, every day

Best Time to Experience: All year round

How Long to Spend: About 1-2 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Where & How to Go There: Rua do Cunha, Taipa, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区氹仔官也街). It needs about 10 minutes (3 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus AP1X/AP1/No. 36 (Macau Airport Station to Xin Hong Garden Station) are available.

Rua do Cunha is a narrow pedestrian street named after the Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha. It is known for shops selling almond cakes, phoenix eggrolls, coconut flakes, cherikoff and peanut candy, which travellers buy as “souvenirs”, such as Choi Heong Yuen (Chinese: 咀香園) and Koi Kei (Chinese: 鉅記). It is also known for the various Portuguese restaurants, including Dumbo Portuguese Restaurant, A Petisqueira, etc. For first time visitors to Macau looking for some local street food, Rua do Cunha in Taipa Village is a great place to start. You could eat delicious local foods along this street with several friends to explore the food culture of Macau. Don' t forget to buy some “souvenirs” when you go back.

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Top 3: Experience Tower Adventure at Macau Tower

Opening Hour:
September~Next June: 10 am~7:30 pm (Mon~Thurs); 10 am~9 pm (Fri~Sun)
July~August: 10 am~10 pm

Best Time to Experience: All year round

How Long to Spend: About 1-2 hours

Ticket Price: ¥141-¥3839

Where & How to Go There: No. 1, D District, New Reclamation, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区澳门南湾新填海区d区域1号地段). It needs about 15 minutes (8 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus No. 26 (Xin An Road Station to Macau Tower Station) is available.

Macau Tower, the landmark of Macau, is totally 330 meters high. There are also several adventures for you to experience. They are Bungy Jump, Sky Jump, Sky Walk and Tower Climb.

Be part of a Guinness World Record in the Sky of Macau! The Macau Tower Bungy Jump is 233m / 764ft high, making this jump a Guinness World Record for the Highest Commercial Bungy Jump in the world. In order to make this jump from the Macau Tower a reality, a specially designed bungy cord, guide cables, and recovery system are equipped.

For those of you who would like to jump from the Macau Tower and are looking for a less challenging way to do it than Bungy, try Sky Jump! Designed and invented in New Zealand, Skyjump is a controlled decent experience and you jump from the same platform as Bungy at 233m/764ft. Skyjump is different from Bungy jumping as you don' t free fall or rebound and you jump in a standing position and stay that way all the way to the ground.

Imagine you' re standing on top of a Tall Tower with 233 meters/764 feet high. Now take a stroll around the outer perimeter that encircles the tower. It is Sky Walk!

Tower Climb can guarantee the maximum height exposure and best 360 degree views. Come to stand at the very top of the iconic Macau Tower by climbing 100 meters up the mast' s vertical ladders.

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Top 4: Watch Splendid House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams

Opening Hour: Thursday~Next Monday: 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm

Best Time to Experience: All year round

How Long to Spend: About 48 minutes

Ticket Price: ¥528-¥1322

Where & How to Go There: No. 1, D District, New Reclamation, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区澳门南湾新填海区d区域1号地段). It needs about 5 minutes (2 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus MT4 (Macau Airport Station to Wynn Palace) and No. 26 (Macau Airport Station to City of Dreams Station) are available.

The House of Dancing Water is a water-based stage production written and directed by Franco Dragone, the former director of Cirque du Soleil. The show, which was the second water show by Franco Dragone' s company, premiered in September 2010. Macau' s most expensively made show, is a breathtaking melange of stunts, acrobatics and theatre. The magic revolves around a cobalt pool the size of several Olympic-sized swimming pools. Over, around, into and under this pool a cast of 80, dressed in glorious costumes, perform hair-raising stunts.

During either an early evening or late evening show, you'll be entertained by an action-packed spectacle that thrills all ages with its daring acrobatics, high dives, motorcycle stunts, colorful water jets and multimedia theatrics. A love story unfolds after a fisherman is swept into a watery land of princesses, pirates and other colorful characters.

Most people who come to Macau just want to watch this splendid show. It is a must for you besides visiting Macau' s luxury casinos.

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Top 5: Learn About Chinese Tea Culture in Macau Tea Culture House

Opening Hour: 9:00 am~7:00 pm (Closed on Mondays)

Best Time to Experience: All year round

How Long to Spend: About 1 hour

Ticket Price: Free

Where & How to Go There: Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区荷兰园正街卢廉若公园). It needs about 20 minutes (10 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus No. 26 (Xin An Road Station to Liansheng Hospital Station) is available.

Macau Tea Culture House has a variety of long and short-term exhibitions to introduce the tea cultures of Macao, China and the West, and seeks to promote the study of tea cultures worldwide. During Saturday, Sunday and holidays, you could drink free tea here 3pm to 4pm. This museum introduces tea-drinking culture with exhibits of teapots and 'tea paintings'. The latter were produced by foreign and local painters (sometimes in a collaborative relationship) for sale to westerners in China' s trade ports.

The Macao Tea Culture House - an edifice featuring southern European elements and a Chinese tiled roof - complements the Portuguese-style buildings in the area magnificently as well as the surrounding Suzhou-inspired landscape of Lou Lim Ieoc Garden. The garden holds party in every Mid-Autumn Festival (15 th, Aug of lunar calender in China).

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Top 6: Explore Authentic Macau in Taipa Village

Opening Hour: All day long, every day

Best Time to Experience: All year round

How Long to Spend: About 1-2 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Where & How to Go There: Taipa, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区氹仔). It needs about 10 minutes (3 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus AP1X/AP1/No. 36 (Macau Airport Station to Xin Hong Garden Station) are available.

As a Portuguese colony for more than 400 years, Macau has developed a unique culture that blends European and Chinese values, cuisine and architecture. Nowhere is this unique fusion more obvious than Taipa Village, a cultural district on the island of Taipa, which in spite of rampant development by casino resorts on the next-door Cotai Strip, has managed to cling onto its pastel-coloured houses, quiet backstreets and traditional restaurants. So if you're looking for a slice of old Macau, don’t miss Taipa Village. Here you can go to Taipa Village Art Space. This narrow, two-storey gallery anchors the arty side of Taipa Village. The space showcases the work of a range of artists (both local and from further afield) and hosts a number of hands-on workshops and classes. You could also taste Portuguese foods in António or eat some special local foods at Rua do Cunha. In addition, Avenida da Praia, Pak Tai Temple, Quarter Square and so on are waiting for you to explore.

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Top 7: Taste Portuguese Wines at Macau Soul

Opening Hour:
Friday~Sunday: 3 pm till midnight
Wednesday~Thursday: 3 pm~10 pm

Price: A glass of wine from ¥43

Where & How to Go There: 31A Rua de São Paulo, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区圣保罗路31A). It needs about 20 minutes (10 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus MT4 (Macau Airport Station to Rua Das Lorchas Station) is available.

If you' re a wine enthusiast and live in Macau – or happen to be passing through Macau, then Macau Soul will be a good choice for you. The wine lounge managed by an old British couple, David and Jack, is down the hill from the ruins of St. Paul' s Church. Opened in 2008, the couple' s intimate retirement project has become a favorite refuge for locals and an alternative destination for tourists looking to escape the casino frenzy in the gambling capital of Asia. Once entering the bar, you will see framed paintings, photos, and Asian ceramics. Sit and sip, you will find a totally different world. You will listen to an eclectic selection of music, sometimes live, from swing to jazz, while sipping one of the more than 400 Portuguese labels, including fine balanced reds from the Alentejo region. In addition to wines, MacauSoul also offers a number of house-made snacks including David' s sourdough bread and Jacky' s Madeira trifle. The couple has travelled many places in the world, and you will fascinated by their knowledge while chatting with them. Remember that you could only use cash in this lounge.

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Top 8: Enjoy Temporary Peace at Hac Sa Beach

Opening Hour:  All day long, every day

Best Time to Experience: All year round

How Long to Spend: About 1-2 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Where & How to Go There: Hac Sa Beach, Coloane, Macau, Macao Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区路环岛黑沙海滩). It needs about 10 minutes (3 km) from Macau International Airport by car; Bus AP1X/AP1/No. 36 (Macau Airport Station to Xin Hong Station) are available.

Venture to Coloane Island to discover Macau beyond its casinos, a place where you can enjoy lush greenery, beaches, hiking trails, seaside restaurants and unique East-meets-West heritage. For a taste of Macau' s true character and soul, look no further than Coloane. Here you will find the biggest beach of Macau - Hac Sac Beach. The name "Hac Sa", is a translation from Cantonese, literally means the famous black sand. However, to prevent the beach from disappearing due to erosion, Macau government has refilled the beach with yellow sand artificially. The dark colour comes from the minerals in the water which is lighter than other volcanic beaches like those in Hawaii. The water is quite clean and suitable for swimming. Popular with locals and tourists, it does get busy over the weekends, but there is plenty of space and activities for everyone to enjoy, such as jet-ski and sail boat hire, plus other water activities. You could stroll along the beach or buy local foods and barbecue from the many stalls along the beach. In the old and historical village Coloane and this beach, you will get temporary peace. After lunch, take a nice walk on the beach or, even better, go by the white houses hidden on the right side of the stretch of sand. A trail called Long Chao Kok is easy to spot and leads into a couple of houses close to Cheoc Van beach. Passing the prehistoric stones on your left, you will discover a peaceful pagoda named "聽海軒" above the sea where you can rest and meditate. If you are lucky, you might even see pink dolphins!

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How to Plan Your Macau Tour

For most regular travelers to Macau, they spend 1-2 days to enjoy the best highlights of the culture, history, food and development of this city, including Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, A-ma Temple, Senado Square, Rua do Cunha, Macau Tower, Casinos, etc. You could come to there to experience the top things to do we recommended above. Besides, for many visitors, they also combine a trip to Macau together with Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Jiangmen, Foshan and else to explore more attractions of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area of China.

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