Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Macau

Macau is indeed one of the most beautiful and famous cities in the world. It is a small Chinese territory that is approximately twenty eight square kilometers in size. It is composed of a main island, a small peninsula and an airport island. Macau has become Asia’s international gambling city, and it is considered as the biggest gambling center of the world, with gambling revenues bigger than the Las Vegas Strip. It is listed among the top 20 tourist destinations in the world. This little territory is the fastest growing territory in the world, growing faster than any other country or territory. Apart from gambling this beautiful city’s attractions are old buildings, the Macau Great Prix race, concerts and shows, some museums, and beaches. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Macau along with your family are listed below:

1. Senado Square

The Senado Square is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Macau. It is considered very prominent region of Macau as it has witness the history of Macau, as an entry into western countries to China in the past. You will find some of the finest displays of the architects of European-style buildings at almost every corner of this place. One of the major attractions of this place is the St. Dominic and the Holy House of Mercy. Senado Square is surely worth a visit.

2. Ruins of St. Paul’s

The Ruins of St. Paul’s is a famous place to visit in Macau, and hot spot tourist area. Discovered during the year 1602, the ruins of St Paul’s church were burned in the year 1835. The only thing that is left is the front of the structure. Ruins of St. Paul’s are among the famous landmarks of Macau. Here are often held events and performances. The stone façade been designed to five layers. The first layer or the top is a triangle Doorcase decoration; the second layer carved a Jesus stone figure; the 3rd layer showed the “Virgin Holy Days” scene; the 4th layer consecrated four saints; “MATER DEI” carved on the lintel of the main door of the 5th layer.

3. Macau tower

The Macau Tower is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Macau; it is well recognized as an icon of the city. It is also referred to as Macau Sky Tower. It stands as high as 338 meters from ground level to the highest point. The tower is famous for its observation deck where we can witness all parts of Macao. There are plenty full of attractions inside the tower such as restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X. You can also walk around the outside edge of the tower.

4. Guan Yin statue

One of the spectacular tourist attractions of Macau is the Guan Yin Statue that is made up ​​of bronze with the height of 20 feet above the building which is in the shape of a lotus bud. It is similar to the Virgin Mary statue and was designed by artist from Portuguese, Christina Rocha Leiria. This statue is a bit away from the main island of Macau because it is built on a small artificial island and there is a long passage as a connector. The Guan Yin Statue is worth visiting and largely appreciated by tourist.

5. The Venetian Macau

The Venetian Macau is a popular tourist attraction and entertainment place in Macau. You will find it situated on the Cotai Strip in Macau. It is not only famous tourist destination but also the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. It was opened to public in 2007, has 3000 suites, 110,000 m²of convention space, 150,000 m²of retail, 51,000 m²of casino spaces that with 3400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and a 15,000 seat CotaiArena for entertainment and sports events.

6. A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple is also known as the Mazu Temple is situated towards the southwest tip of the Macau. The A-Ma temple is one of the extremely popular tourist spot and the oldest Taoist temple in Macau. The history of this temple is as old as 500-year, which can be dated back to 1488 of the Ming Dynasty, even before the city of Macau came into being. Previously it was believed by the people that Mazu was the “Goddess of the Sea” and the “Protector of Fishermen”, so they constructed built this solemn temple to show their devout.

7. Golden Lotus Square

Golden Lotus Square also known as the Lotus Square is a famous tourist attractions of Macau. It is an open area to be found in the former Portuguese colony, which is a joint region of 3 major streets of the city. This square of Macau is one of the 4 great squares. A 6-meter tall large sculpture of “Lotus Flower in Full Bloom” unveils its beauty on the center area, which aimed to celebrate the return of sovereignty of Macau during the year 1999. This area hence the name Golden Lotus Square, and becomes a newly tourist attraction.

8. Macau Museum of Art

The Macau Museum of Art is located within the Macau Cultural Centre is one of the favorite tourist attractions of the city. The museum well preserves a valuable legacy of the special administrative region with a fabulous collection of works from Chinese and Western schools.

9. Macau Fisherman’s Whar

The Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city. It is a 111,500m² park and the first-ever cultural, themed and creative park that is worth a visit. The park is situated centrally in the outer harbour and it is not only a theme park, but offers some of the interesting attractions to the visitors such as dining, shopping, entertainment, accommodation, convention and exhibition facilities all under one roof.

10. Kun Iam Statue

The Kun Lam Statue of Macau is among the most famous tourist attractions of the city. This amazing statue is dedicated to Goddess of Mercy. The height of statue is 20 meters and is completely made up of special bronze. The dome shape base like a lotus flower is an ecumenical centre where information is available on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

11. Wine Museum

Macau Wine & Grand Prix Museum are located side by side, is one of the amazing places to visit in Macau. The Wine Museum you will find in Macau is considered to be only one of its kinds in the entire Asia. The major objective of this Museum is to bring the visitor into contact with the social, economical and cultural importance of the wine in the Portuguese tradition, daily life and celebration rituals. You are even allowed to taste different types of wine.

12. Grand Prix Museum

The Macau’s Grand Prix Museum was constructed during the year 1933 and includes displays that are related to Grand Prix worldwide including photos, videos, illustrated articles, cups, records of champions and some commemorative items. The museum was built in memory of the 40th anniversary of Grand Prix Racing in Macau and is positioned in the Tourism Activities Center on Rua Luis Gonzaga Gomes.

13. St Lawrence Church

The St Lawrence Church is perhaps the richest and most beautiful church in the entire city of Macau. The church is not only famous for its decorations but also because of the objects exhibits inside the church. The Church was originally constructed by wood during the 16th century, renovated to the existing one from the 19th century.

14. Greyhound Racing

Macau Greyhound Racing is conducted at the Canidrome on Avenida General Castelo Branco, is one of the most famous attractions that is found in Macau tourism. You will enjoy these races only on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and weekends that starts from 7:45 p.m. and there are 16 games on every racing evenings.

15. Guia Fortress

Guia Fortress of Macau is one of the famous landmarks of the city. It was initially designed to guard the city from attacks from the sea, but because of its position overlooking whole of the city, its value has been as an observation post. The height of the lighthouse is 91 meters tall, and has a light visible for some 20 miles in clear weather conditions. Until the year 1976 the Fortress was a restricted military area but later opened as a major tourist attraction.

16. Dom Pedro V Theatre

Dom Pedro V Theatre is located at Largo de Santo Agostinho, is among the most favorite tourist attractions of Macau. The theatre is one of the first western-style theatres in China. It is indeed considered as a significant landmark in the area and remains a venue for important public events and celebrations today. The theatre is neo-classical in design, incorporating a portico front on a rectilinear plan.

17. Macau Museum

Macau Museum is one of the interesting places to visit and was inaugurated during the year 1998. The major motive of this museum is to preserve the cultural traditions, usages and habits, which particularly belong to Macau, in a place where east, and west has so noticeably understood how to meet and to live side by side along the centuries.

18. Camoes Garden

Camoes Garden and Grotto is one of the extremely popular tourist spots of the city. In fact it is the largest park and at the same time one of the oldest parks. It was bought over by a Portuguese merchant, who later constructed his resident also here. The merchant adored raising doves and his hundreds of doves always hovered near the garden, forming a marvelous scene famous near and far.

19. Macau Historic Centre

This historic centre of Macau offers an ideal merge of European and Asian culture. The city of Macau was a Portuguese settlement and as a result one can find both Chinese and Christian influences. In city of Macau one can witness a large number of buildings and gardens and all are connected through the old mosaic pathways, narrow streets and squares. It is an ideal destination for the one who are interested in discovering innumerable architectural and cultural attractions.

20. Cheoc Van Beach

The city of Macau offers some of the finest beaches and among them is this fascinating beach called the Cheoc Van Beach that is located along a sheltered cove on the west side of Coloane Island. At one end of the beach there is a sandy swimming beach and on the other end one will find changing facilities and a snack bar. This beach is among the most popular beach destinations of the city. There is also a free-form swimming pool. You can indulge yourself in some of the best activities of the beach and can also simply sunbathe and relax on this beautiful beach.

21. Hac-Sa-Beach

The Macau’s Hac-Sa-Beach is another popular beach in Macau that is mostly known for its unique black-tinged sand and invites one to take a stroll on its sandy shores. The Hac-Sa-Beach is considered to the largest among the natural beaches in Macau and this is the only beach that offers everything such as swimming pool, mini-golf course, jet skis, badminton and tennis courts and facility for barbecue.

22. St. Domingo’s Church

St. Domingo’s Church is one of Macau’s most sought after tourist attractions. It is situated right in the center of Senado Square of Macau. This magnificent piece of art was built by the Spanish Dominican friars who worshipped St. Domingo and Lady Fatima during the 17th century. St. Domingo’s Church was renovated in the year 1828 and expanded to the large scale that it represents today. This attraction was placed on the World Heritage List in July 2005.

23. Monte Fort

It is believed that among the all the prominent forts in Macau, the Monte Fort is the oldest, located towards the eastern part of the Ruins of St. This amazing fort was constructed during the year 1616, it originally belonged to St. Paul’s Church and was used to defend the church from the pirates. It later became solely a military fort.

24. Sun Yat-Sen Park

Visit the Yat-Sen Park to enjoy some of the pleasant and interesting activities that they offer. The park is situated towards the northwest side of Macau. It is among the forty-three Sun Yat-Sen Parks in the world. The park is 390 meters (about 426 yards) in length and 130 meters (about 142 yards) in width and covers an area of about 70,000 square meters (17.3 acres). It is the largest park on the Macau Peninsula and one of the famous tourist attractions,

25. Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple is considered to the most stunning and spectacular among the three most famous temples of Macau. The history of this temple is as old as 500 years and belongs to the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), it has many similarities with ancient Chinese temples. It is also known as the site of the first Sino-American treaty which was signed in 1844. You will find 3 major shrines suited one behind another.

26. Coloane Village

Coloane is the farthest point from modern Macau in terms of its location as well as its culture. Once here you can witness how Macau was once, with its old fishing boats, deserted cobbled streets and wizened locals. You will have to pay to enter here, but you’re free to explore the range of religious buildings, from the matchbox-sized Chapel of St Francis Xavier to Tin Hau Temple and its Christmas-tree-like golden amulets.

27. Lin Fung Temple

Lin Fung Temple is also referred to as the Lotus temple, is one of the major tourist attractions of Macau. This beautiful temple was constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and originally named Tianfei Temple. Today the temple’s architectural design is the result of many reconstructions undertaken from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The entire complex is comprised of a cluster of palaces. Tianhou Palace, which is in the center of the complex, is dedicated to Kwan-yin.

28. Lou Lim Iok Garden

Lou Lim Iok Garden is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Macau. The garden is situated in central Macau Peninsula, and acquires a total area of around 1.78 hectares. It is the only Suzhou style garden in Macau. The garden boasts elegant and peaceful scenes just south of the Yangtze River. This area is known as Jiangnan in Chinese. The garden enlisted in the top eight scenes of Macau in 1992.

29. Macau Maritime Museum

The Macau Maritime Museum occupies a total area of about 800 square meters; is indeed one of the interesting places to visit in Macau. The museum was constructed on the site where the first group of Portuguese explorers landed on Macau in 1553. Enlarged in 1990, the museum follows the typical museum layouts of a European style. The exhibits explore major themes in the history of the maritime industry in Macau, China and Portugal.

30. Lian Fong Temple

The Macau’s Lian Fong Temple is also known as Tianfei Temple is one of the famous tourist attractions of the city. The temple was constructed during the 20th year of the Ming Emperor Shenzong. It was used as a business office by the Chinese in Macau, and as a residence of officials. The temple was reconstructed and enlarged various times to its present size. Since the grand re-construction work of the Qing Dynasty the temple has been known as Lian Fong Temple.

31. Macau’s Nightlife

The city of Macau is very famous for being the only city within China where gambling is legal. It is divided into two casino districts – one known as Cotai Strip and the other one is in the Islands of Taipei. The most famous and the largest casino of Macau is the Sands Macau where they have table games, video poker and slot machines. You will also find some of the best bars and is filled with night clubs and live entertainment.

32. The Mandarin’s House

The Mandarin’s House is one of the interesting tourist spots to visit in Macau. The house was constructed during the year 1869 was the ancestral home of Zheng Guanying. It was Zheng Wenrui was actually started the construction of the house that was later expanded by the Zheng brothers. It covers an area of 4000m2 on which are buildings and open spaces designed in various architectural styles. The entire complex has more than 60 rooms in total. A private residence of such scale is rare in Macau.

33. Macau Giant Panda Pavilion

Miles from the glitter and gold of Macau’s resorts, nestled against a hill in Coloane, you’ll find the real treasures of Macau. The feature attraction at Seac Pai Van Park, the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion is home to two rare giant pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin. They count amongst the 320 giant pandas living in breeding centers and zoos around the world and are part of an endangered species that has only 1600 left living in the wild.

34. Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain

At Nam van Lake you can witness some of the impressive shows of cascading water and light, you will find it right opposite to the Headquarters of the Government of Macau SAR. It was built by a Portuguese- Spanish company, was moved from the Reservoir to this new site since March 1999. It is equipped with 86 spouts and lit by 288 colored spotlights. The tallest water jet reaches 80 meters in height. It is considered an ideal destination for enjoying with the entire family.

35. Golden Lotus Square

The Golden Lotus Square is one of the spectacular tourist attractions of Macau. You will find it next to the Forum, the large sculpture of “Lotus Flower in Full Bloom” presented by the State Council of China during the year 1999, marks the return of sovereignty of Macau. It is made up of gilded bronze and has a total weight of 6.5 tons with the height of 6 meters and the diameter of the flower is 3.6 meters at maximum. The flower in full bloom, symbolizes the everlasting prosperity of Macau.

36. City of Dreams – Dragon’s Treasure

City of Dreams is famous for its host of stunning shows that also contains The House of Dancing Water, pool parties, amazing live entertainment. The city of Dreams is home to some of the best live entertainment of Macau, City Of Dreams also boasts Dragon’s Treasure – an engaging 360 degree multimedia experience which takes place in The Bubble – a dome-shaped theatre. The show is conducted for eighteen minutes and was awarded with the 2009 THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement when it first came out and continues to wow visitors with its stunning display of panoramic visuals.

37. Wynn Macau – Water Fountain Show

Wynn Macau is one of the famous tourist spots to visit in Macau. You will find lofty plumes of water and fire shimmer and dance through the air to traditional and famous music and also some of the best Broadway show tunes. This magnificent lake houses almost 200 water nozzles, 800,000 gallons of water in order to present this delightful illumination of water, light, color and fire. These beautiful performances are said to express a complexity of moods, rhythms and emotions provides fascinating entertainment.

38. The Taipa Houses-Museum

The Taipa Houses-Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Macau. The museum contains five typical green houses that is decorated with Macanese architectural characteristics of Portuguese matrix, is regarded as one of the cultural remnants and heritages of the Island. This museum was considered during the year 1921, which had been the residences for high superior civil servants and Macanese families. The government decided to fully remodel them during the late 90’s identifying its significant architectural value, transforming them into museums.

39. Ponte 16 – MJ Gallery

MJ Gallery at Ponte 16 exhibits a compilation of around forty pieces significant substance in MJ’s career that contains the famous worn by MJ during his first Moonwalk performance, crystal socks, fedora hat as well as a series of autograph photos and figures. You can fully explore this Gallery by talking a walk in the time tunnel as it captures the key milestones of MJ’s legendary career. Ponte 16 Gift Gallery which is established in the Gallery allows MJ fans to purchase a variety of beautiful MJ souvenirs!

40. Galaxy Macau – Fortune Diamond

The Galaxy Macau will be one of you memorable experiences. The Fortune Diamond is to be found in the main lobby – it’s an enormous three-meter gem that rises before your very eyes from behind a waterfall. The Diamond was created by expert entertainment designer Jeremy Railton and represents wealth, luck and love.

41. Wynn Macau – Tree of Prosperity

The Wynn Macau is one of the iconic golden Tree of Prosperity of Macau, with over 2,000 branches and 98,000 leaves composed of 24-karat gold leaf and brass leaf is a representation of auspiciousness. The designed is loved by one and all and the Tree of Prosperity performance is considered as a choreographic masterpiece of shimmering, sculptural patterns, music, video and light. This centerpiece which fills the atrium, depicting Chinese and western astrological symbols, rises from below at the culmination of the performance and transforms into the lively colors of the four seasons.

42. Macau Science Center

The Macau Science Center is one of the interesting tourist attractions of the city. The science center was designed by world famous Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei – is instantly recognizable by its silvery and cone-shaped exterior, leaving some of the spectacular views. The Macau Science Center is loved by children’s.

43. The Pedicab

The pedicab also known as the tricycle rickshaw is considered to be a leisurely and romantic form of transport around the waterfronts of Macau. While touring on a Pedicab tourist gets an opportunity to witness and photograph some of the best sights of the city. It is indeed fun. You can hire a pedicab outside the Macau Ferry Terminal and opposite the main door of the Lisboa Hotel. They usually charge MOP$150.00 per hour.

44. Heritage Exhibition of a Traditional Pawnshop Business

“Tak Seng On” also referred as the Virtue and Success Pawnshop was actually came into being during the year 1917 , and belonged initially to Mr. Kou Ho Ning initially who was a famous wealthy merchant of Macau. It is believed that the architectural design and layout, interior decor and many of its equipments of this establishment would have been very similar to pawnshops in Mainland China during that time.

45. Chapel of Our Lady of Penha

The Chapel of Our Lady of Penha is one of the fairly popular tourist attractions of Macau. The first chapel was established during the year 1622 by the crew and passengers of a ship which had narrowly escaped capture by the Dutch. It is one of the historical places of Macau. The chapel served as a point of pilgrimage for sailors boarding on a perilous journey

46. Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

The Chapel of St. Francis Xavier was constructed during the year 1928 and follows the baroque style of major churches that are present in Macau. The Chapel has a cream and white facade with oval windows and a bell tower. It stands behind the monument commemorating the local victory over pirates during the year 1910.

47. St. Anthony’s Church

The St. Anthony’s Church is among the famous churches of Macau. Firstly the church was constructed of bamboo and wood before 1560. The St. Anthony’s Church is regarded as one of the oldest churches in Macau, also marking the site where the Jesuits set up their earliest headquarters in the city. Later several times it was rebuilt in stone, while the present appearance and scale of the church dates back to 1930.

48. Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre

You will find the Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre situated on the Outer Harbour, this statue, dedicated to Goddess of Kun Iam (Goddess of Mercy) is as high as 20 meters tall and made of special bronze. The shape of the dome represents a lotus flower, is an ecumenical centre where you will find lots of information on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. You will also find some of the best Souvenirs and Cultural Institute publications here for sale.

49. Guia Air-Raid Shelters

On top of the Guia Hill where you can find some of the famous structures like the Guia lighthouse, Guia Fort and Our Lady of Guia Chapel, you can also find here some underground tunnels, which are commonly known as air raid shelters, enlarging itself in all directions. The longest tunnel is 456 meters and the shortest one is of 47 meters.

50. Macau cuisine

The food of Macau is extremely poplar and indeed a fabulous fusion of Portuguese and Chinese. If you head to Senado Square and walk towards the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral you’ll be greeted by an array of vendors who are more than happy to give their food away. From just-baked cookies to crispy slices of super-sweet fried pork, it’s a great way to fill up and sample Macau’s snacks.

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