Fondly called the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’, Macau is a special Chinese administrative region about sixty minutes away from Hong Kong by ferry. In the early 1800s, Macau was called the ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient’ as it was the only legalised gambling destination in China. This destination makes most of its revenues through these casinos. With the former Portuguese colonisation influences weaved into the Chinese heritage, Macau makes for quite an impressive destination to visit. Its buildings, tradition and food reverberate the cultural vibe, which makes Macau popular for more than just its high-end shopping malls and gambling joints.
Bungee jump at the Macau Tower
Standing at a height of 338metres, the Macau Tower is a well-known location that attracts tourists from far and wide. With a mesmerising view of the city from the observation desk, a fancy meal at the revolving restaurant and a quick movie at the cinema, the towering structure is quite the all-in-all top spot in Macau. For the adventurer in you, try bungee jumping from 233metres amidst strong gusts of winds as you plummet to the bottom. The Macau Tower provides a romantic feel, an adrenalin rush and a mind-blowing view altogether.
Walk through St. Paul at dusk
Visiting the Ruins of St. Paul is a must on your visit to Macau, but better yet, it is an amazing experience to check it out post sunset. The grand stone stairs and the front portico of the church have an altogether different elegance in the glow of the city lights when the sun isn’t shining on it. Visit the Macau Museum and Monte Fort before walking through the church at dusk since the former locations shut by 6 pm.
Take in the amazing view of the Senado Square
After talking a walk through the St. Paul Ruins, make a pit stop at the Senado Square. Climb into the Leal Senado building and check out the view of the square, the courtyard garden and the ceremonial meeting room, which also leads to the library. Senado Square is beautifully paved with a mosaic from traditional Portugal. It plays home to a charming water fountain located in the centre. During the Portuguese colonisation, the Square used to the official Macau civic square. Currently, it is a UNESCO heritage site. Revel in the atmosphere that is heavy with the Portuguese architecture, wafting smells of freshly made food and the lively Senado Square.
Frolic around Old Taipa
Before the era of the casinos and hotels in Macau, the look of Taipa Island was quite different. With its narrow alleys and lanes dotted with colourful colonial homes, the Old Taipa Village is still one of the only remaining two traditional villages on the peninsula. The village plays home to the Rua Do Cunha, the Taipa House Museum, the Carmel Garden and the Church of Our Lady of Carmel. It is also just a stone’s throw away from the Venetian Macau.
Travel back in time at Fisherman’s Wharf
If you’ve always wanted to visit the Colosseum but never had the budget, then you can visit its replica at the Fisherman’s Wharf. Standing across the Sands Macao and very close to the Macau Maritime Terminal, this theme park showcases its vast three sections. Visitors love exploring the Legend Wharf, East Meets West section and the Dynasty Wharf during their Macau trip. It is considered to be the perfect spot for your Instagram feed, apart from housing a myriad of restaurants and shopping centres.
Enjoy the intoxication of fine wine at Macau Wine Museum
Another interesting location to stop at while in Macau is the wine museum that showcases a variety of wine and brewing methods. As you walk around, you can sip on your favourite brews. It is one of the best locations to learn more about and buy a bottle or two of the finest Portuguese wines. Some of the popular wines are the Vinho Tinto, the aromatic Douru or the imported Alentejo.
Gamble at the Venetian Macau Hotel
It is impossible to not hit at least one casino or hotel while in Macau. The Venetian Macau is considered to be the biggest and most popular gambling joint in the world. A number of gondola rides are included as part of the resort, which promises to transport you to Venice. The gorgeous indoor artificial sky is dotted with cottony white clouds against the natural blue. At the Venetian Macau, well-dressed gondoliers sing beautiful, melodic serenades, which not only charm you but also reverberate magically around the location.
Check out the House of Dancing Water
At the fad end of your journey stop by the City of Dreams resort and take a peak at the virtual aquarium in the casino complex, which brings fantasy mermaids to life. The House of Dancing Water is an enchanting experience as well.
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