If you are looking for somewhere exciting to spend your next holiday, Asia, could be the place to go. We have already covered great things to do in Tokyo and other parts of Asia, and in this article, we will travel to South China to the hidden gem of Macau. With a population of around 680,000, it is one of China’s most densely populated regions. The casino industry is a big part of the attraction, and Macau is labeled the Vegas of the East because its lavish casinos and poker rooms. But there is so much more to explore in Macau; ornate age-old temples, colonial architecture, cobbled streets, and beautiful plazas show the its rich cultural history. Here we will discuss four of the most popular places to visit during your stay.
The Venetian Casino Resort
One of the best themed hotels in Macau, The Venetian embraces fine Italian architecture; the beautiful Italian-style painted ceiling and columns with gold accents adorn all areas, while hallways and ornately decorated grand staircases lead to the
world’s second-largest casino. Outside you can take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal recreated as in Venice; the bridges span both banks, where alongside in the retail complex is an extravagant shopping delight with big names like Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Victoria’s Secret, and Zara, to name a few. Visit the outdoor pools, one of which is heated during the winter months, and enjoy the luxury of a cabana, poolside food and drink service, and a pool shop.
Ruins of St Pauls
One of the top attractions in Macau is the Ruins of Saint Paul; dating from the 17th century, this Portuguese church was dedicated to the life of Saint Paul and is one of the city’s best-known landmarks. Built from wood, a fire destroyed the church in 1835 and only the remaining front carved Spanish-style stone façade decorated by Japanese monks illustrating the early years of the catholic church in Asia. The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt was built in 1995 when the ruins were restored and now houses many historical and cultural objects showing the way of life shared by communities that inhabited the city.
The Macau Tower
If adventure and danger are what you seek, then a visit to the sky playground at the Macau tower and Convention Centre is one to tick off your bucket list! Bungee jump from the highest point in Macau to feel an adrenaline rush or walk around the outer rim of the adventure deck just 1.8 meters wide with no handrail. If that doesn’t reach the mark, then perhaps a sky jump over the city or a climb to the top of the antennae mast to see the fantastic views of the city will. Afterwards, grab some food at the tower’s restaurants that serve authentic cuisine, from a Chinese feast to delicious café style food. This landmark attraction also hosts conferences, exhibitions, business events, shows, and concerts in the entertainment centre and an upscale shopping centre.
Casa Do Mandarim
This culturally significant house tells you a lot about the history of Macau by tracing the lifestyle of the city’s earliest inhabitants using furniture and decorations from a bygone era. Be transported back in time to when the Mandarins House was built in1869, incorporating a mixture of Cantonese and western architecture; it was once inhabited by three hundred tenants, which resulted in poor living conditions. The complex now includes an arched entrance leading to a patio, houses for servants and a large residential area. The government took over the complex in 2001, and in 2005 it was incorporated into the Historic Centre of Macau and designated part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I hope you enjoy your trip and this all all helps on your next trip to Macau.
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