Nothing makes me happier than to travel in a region that has a good mixture of history, art, culture, and entertainment. Macau, while known as the preeminent place to gamble in the People’s Republic of China (if not the world), has so much more to offer. The following are some of the tops sites to see in Macau.
Senado Square is one of the four largest squares in Macau. It covers an area of 3,700 square meters. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. The buildings and architecture surrounding the square have a long history and are well preserved.
In the early 1990s, city officials hired Portuguese experts to pave the square with a wave-patterned mosaic. Not only was it repaved with a wave-pattern, but the mosaic was paved with colored stones.
Senado Square isn’t just a historic area that crowds flock to for cultural reasons, the square is still active with shopping and traditional Chinese restaurants surrounding the square.
If you’re less into history and more into modern, I’d recommend checking out Macacu Tower. Standing 338 meters above the city, Macau Tower is the 10th tallest freestanding building in the world.
Plan on spending some time at Macau Tower because there is a revolving tower restaurant near the top, and there are extraordinary views to be seen from the outdoor observation desk. It is said that on a clear day, you can see the Pearl River and the islands of Hong Kong.
If you’re really fearless, Macau Tower boasts that they have the world’s highest bungee jump.
The oldest standing temple in Macau is the A-Ma Temple. It was erected under the Ming Dynasty, in 1488, to commemorate the sacred sea goddess of the fishermen. The temple also has much to do with the naming of the city, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun—you’ll want to check it out for yourself.
When visiting A-Ma Temple it isn’t just the structure you’ll want to see. The temple is full of ancient Chinese culture, full of poems and inscriptions carved into the walls. As one of the three Buddha halls in Macau, it also serves as a prime location to learn about Buddhism in traditional East-Asian history.
When in Rome, or in this case Macau
One cannot travel all the way to Macau and not partake in what the city is most known for: gambling. That is, of course, assuming you’ve practiced a bit—I recommend online casino Betsson.
Venetian Macau is the world’s largest casino. The Venetian Macau has three-thousand rooms (all suites with Italian, marble bathrooms), over three-hundred and fifty international shops, and authentic Venetian gondola—you know, to get from point A to point B in style.
Once you’ve tried your hand at blackjack or poker, you need to swing by the Canidrome on Avenida General Castelo Branco, to place your bets on greyhound racing. If you’ve never partaken in a dog race, it is guaranteed to get you on your feet, having a wonderful time.
Whatever your style, there is fun to be had by all. From rich Chinese culture, to bungee jumping from Macau Tower, you’re guaranteed to find fun around every corner.