Macau is a popular tourist destination for a reason. Despite the astounding array of hotels, casinos, shopping malls, and entertainment complexes that endowed it its moniker, it’s still a city that clings to its traditional Chinese and Portuguese roots.
To experience the best of what Macau offers, here are 10 things that you can do in the “Vegas of Asia”!
The House of Dancing Water is a water-based stage production written and directed by reputed theater director Franco Dragone. The show includes an exciting motorcycle performance, a graceful water ballet dance, and a high diving performance at the center of the stage.
If you’re interested in getting a first-hand experience of Macau’s eccentricity, then this production would be great to add into your itinerary.
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The Batman Dark Flight at Studio City is a virtual 4D flight over Gotham City. This ride offers a new dimension of explosive entertainment, letting visitors engage in heart-stopping encounters on the streets of Gotham City.
You can also chase notorious criminals like The Joker, Two-Face, and Bane. This is one ride that you and the kids wouldn’t want to end!
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Touted as Macau’s top indoor playground, Warner Bros. Fun Zone is a fun-filled attraction with endless adventures to choose from. The entire playground has four floors amounting to 40,000 square feet, giving visitors a ton of attractions to explore.
It’s advisable to wear long sleeves, pants, and socks inside the facility. Also, to avoid distracting performances, visitors should turn off all electronic gadgets and communication devices.
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Golden Reel Ferris Wheel is considered the world’s highest figure-8 Ferris wheel. Riders can admire breathtaking views of the city 130 meters up in the air.
The Ferris wheel includes 17 spacious Steampunk-themed cabins, and the maximum capacity of each cabin is 10 persons. (So get ready to go sky-high and share the jaw-dropping experience with other tourists!)
Senado Square, also known as Largo do Senado, is a paved town square that’s just a stone’s throw away from the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Within the area, tourists can find numerous other UNESCO World Heritage attractions; all these comprise the Historic Centre of Macau.
On the square itself, you can find the Holy House of Mercy and just behind it are the Macau Cathedral and Cathedral Square.
The Ruins of St. Paul’s is considered to be Macau’s most famous historical landmark. The ruins of this 17th-century cathedral feature a jaw-dropping facade etched by Japanese Christians with ornate religious imagery. Situated at the top of a hill, this structure was once the largest Christian church in Asia.
Guia Hill houses a cluster of UNESCO World Heritage attractions, including the Guia Lighthouse, Chapel, and Fortress, all situated on top of Guia Hill overlooking the Macau Peninsula.
Some of the activities offered within the area are trail walks and tours of historical tunnels and bunkers. The park itself features a variety of facilities, from a children’s playground area to a sports field.
Located near the southwest corner of the Macau Peninsula, A-Ma Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built in 1490 and named after a young girl named Matzo (A-Ma).
Visitors can tour around to marvel at the temple’s traditional Chinese architectural design, with its beautiful archway entrance flanked by stone lions, decorative halls, prayer rooms, open pavilions, and moon gates.
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Located halfway between the A-Ma Temple and Largo do Sao Agostinho is the Casa Do Mandarim. It is colossal, yet wandering through its corridors and courtyard can be quite an experience: visitors get the opportunity to relive the life of the majesty of Imperial China.
Exploring the house itself takes less than an hour. Nonetheless, you can always take a bit more time to check out the museum materials thoroughly.
The Seac Pai Van Park is a park located in Coloane. It is considered to be the largest natural green space in Macau which houses the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, a lake home to numerous waterfowl, and a walk-through aviary.
Visiting the park is a great opportunity to learn about environmental protection awareness. It’s also a good place for a nice leisurely walk as you take in the lush green surroundings.
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