Macau is steeped in demographical and historical generosity. It has a little something for every genre of travel enthusiast. Whether you are a history buff, an adventure freak or a hopeless romantic there is plenty to experience in Macau: the many world heritage monuments that dot the city, and the myriad of unique venues for local music, arts, festivals, entertainment and fashion, all adding to the heartening cultural dimensions and traditional appeal of the city. Macau also offers a wealth of ways to enjoy the lazy, warm days by virtue of exciting outdoor adventures, sports events, lavish spas, colourful street festivals and fine dining experiences.
Good to Know: Macau has two official languages- Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Portuguese, while English is widely spoken too
In Macau, transportation is never a problem with a host of buses, trains and car hire available readily to get in and around the place. The city connects to various important centres by virtue of road, sea and air transport.
Must Visit Places
The Macau Tower at 338 meters in height is a wondrous piece of construction offering magnificent panoramic views all over Macau and of the Pearl River from its observation deck and revolving restaurant at 223 meter level. The most exciting part of this place is watching a huge line of enthusiastic participants sky walking and bungee jumping. This is a great venue for going clickety click with your cameras besides bringing out the adventurer in you.
The A-ma Temple is a famous Chinese centre of worship, dedicated to the seafarers’ goddess of the early 16th century. Interestingly, Macau has derived its name from A-Ma-Gau or place of A-Ma. The A-ma temple already existed before Macau came into being and makes for a pretty religious sight with Chinese dragon dance being held on a regular basis at the temple premises. A refreshingly colourful and bright sight can make your day as a tourist.
The central attraction is the Senado Square which is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of coloured stones, created by Portuguese experts. This venue houses a number of fashionable shops, Chinese antique places and architectural structures. With mimic artists, music and food delights to entertain you the square is a charming stretch.
The Macau Science Museum was designed by world renowned Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and is instantly recognizable with its silvery, cone-shaped exterior. There are fourteen galleries arranged in a spiral and accentuated by an arch shape. The museum hosts 3D shows which can instantly remind you of your childhood visits to science museums.
The enchanting and popular show of The House of Dancing Waters at Hotel Hard Rock is a not-to-be-missed item in your itinerary. It is a breathtaking water-based music and laser show that draws its creative inspiration from the roots of Chinese culture, particularly the ‘seven emotions’ derived from the classical Confucian beliefs, and is touted to be the most extravagant live production ever staged in Asia.
The Taipa Village has dainty and delightful houses with Macanese architectural characteristics of Portuguese matrix, and is considered one of the cultural relics and heritages of the island. Walk down the busy food street full of people, pretty pictures, wall paintings, open air cafes and state of the art buildings.