EXPERIENCE THE UNFORGETTABLE
With its urban parks, its historic sites and its famed casinos, Macau is a traveler’s delight, a well-rounded experience if you may. At Macau, you can go on a walking tour through the Ruins of St Paul’s Church and on to a bungee jumping session at Macau Tower, all within the space of an afternoon. Or you can choose to visit the pandas at Macao Giant Panda Pavilion. The city is filled with every sort of activity possible, which of course thrills a large number of visitors it greets every year.
One of the oldest temples in Macau, A-Ma Temple was built in dedication to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. Tourists flock to the temple as it is a UNESCO-recognised historic site rich in Chinese culture; the architecture of the sacred space is also considered highly commendable. Visitors navigate through six different parts of the temple, starting from the Hongren hall.
Old Taipa Village
Most of the Portuguese influence that Macau has retained is seen in the whimsical Old Taipa village. From museums, temples, and churches, the village is a perfect stop after the casinos in the main city. You can visit the Taipa Village Art Space if you want a taste of Macau’s art talent or stroll through Our Lady of Carmel Church and its lush garden. If you’re looking for some great pictures, this is the place for it. The Taipa Houses look like they are straight out of a fairytale.
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
Macau is often called the Las Vegas of the East. The city hosts more than 40 casinos. The most popular one is the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, which is also the seventh-largest hotel in the world. Even if you aren’t staying here, you have to stop by to view its Venice-like canal and the casino floor, which is large enough to spend all night on. Besides the 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables, the hotel also has a sports arena that is famous for basketball, boxing, and even concert viewing.
Lou Lim Leoc Garden
If you’re confused between the numerous gardens in Macau, Lou Lim Leoc Garden is your best bet. Authentic to Chinese aesthetics, the garden looks impressive, with its high walls and miniature landscapes. The pond blooms with lotus and golden carp flowers and a long winding bridge run over it. The garden also has a large pavilion where art and craft exhibitions are held.
The Ox Warehouse is a well-rounded art space, with exhibitions of various installations and artforms. Many artists come together at the space since it gives them a platform to practice their style. They also offer workshops in art and music, and the place allows visitors to go through their mini library, which includes an art information corner and a CD collection. If you’re spending a day here, you can also step into the cafe in between browsing the art hub.
Casa Do Mandarin
Go back in time and step into Macau’s oldest, best-preserved home. The Mandarin’s House was earlier owned by a well-known scholar, Zheng Guanying and his family, but was later handed over to the city and turned into a museum. The home reflects the history of Macau and ancient architecture. Visitors feel like they stepped into a time machine when they stroll through the place. If you’re a history buff and love seeing heritage sites, this is a must-see.
Restaurant serves. The most popular bakery in Macau is Lord Stow’s Bakery, which has four shops around the city. The bakery is world-famous for its egg tarts and sees a large number of customers who walk in daily. Macau is also well-visited because it is a customs-free port and one can find a range of alcoholic beverages, even the famous Portuguese Port, for a reduced price. While the Chinese aren’t the sort who pair their meals with a wine or beer, the Portuguese tradition of having a drink with your dinner has picked up in Macau
In Macau, you can get a taste of both Chinese and western food. Chinese cuisine is vast and has different variations. The most common one is the Guangdong cuisine, which is the most popular. This cuisine is unique and famous because it involves the consumption of food as extreme as snakes and flies. The most famous dish, Dragon and Tiger Fight, is a dish of braised snake and leopard. With influence from the west, the cuisine has taken in some methods of their colonizers where cooks are seasoning and cooking their dishes with salt and wine, and they are even frying their food in styles never picked up before.
The Portuguese left their mark on Macau with their range of flavors. Through the years, this flavor has been adapted and fused with the style of the Chinese. With this, a fusion cuisine came up: Macanese cuisine. The blend of the two cuisines makes for some different dishes like Minchi, stirfried curry crab, and African chicken. A distinct Macanese dessert is Serradura, which is layered with sweet biscuits, cream, condensed milk, and vanilla.
The Taipai Village is a hub of the oldest restaurants with the most authentic dishes to Macau’s cuisine. On the one hand, you can savor signature Macanese cuisine at Fat Siu Lau, from baked pork chops to roasted pigeon. On the other hand, you don’t want to miss out on the Portuguese cuisine that Solmar. Restaurant serves. The most popular bakery in Macau is Lord Stow’s Bakery, which has four shops around the city. The bakery is world-famous for its egg tarts and sees a large number of customers who walk in daily. Macau is also well-visited because it is a customs-free port and one can find a range of alcoholic beverages, even the famous Portuguese Port, for a reduced price. While the Chinese aren’t the sort who pair their meals with a wine or beer, the Portuguese tradition of having a drink with your dinner has picked up in Macau.