There’s no need to fly all the way to Nevada to enjoy the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas when you can easily go to Macau.
Known as the gambling capital in the world (already surpassing Las Vegas), Macau (or Macao) has been raking in visitors (and the big bucks) for more than a decade now. So much so that it has become one of the richest regions and the fastest growing metropolitan areas worldwide.
What was once a Portuguese colony for more than 300 years is now a thriving city that offers an interesting combination of east and west–from its people to its structures, cuisine, and culture.
Rooted in its rich history, expect to fall in love with the tourist spots of this bright, modern, and colorful city. Check them out below:
Standing 1,108 feet above ground, Macau Tower offers a 360° view of the city through the three-storey windows of its Observation Lounge. From this point, you’ll see the entire Macau Peninsula, Taipa, Coloane, as well as a good view of China.
For extreme thrill seekers, you can take it up several notches by heading to the Adventure Deck, the highest accessible public space on the tower. You can sky walk, sky jump, bungy jump, and even tower climb here!
For the best city view, visit the tower during or after sunset to watch the casinos and hotels light up the sky!
Be on top of the Eiffel Tower without having to go to Paris! The Parisian Macau Eiffel Tower is a half-scale replica of the famous landmark located in front of the grandiose Parisian Macau Hotel.
It’s a wonderful spot to visit and capture, more so when you’re up the observation decks on the 7th and 37th floors. From these areas, you can see the whole city and catch a spectacular light show that runs throughout evenings.
After you’ve experienced Paris at The Parisian Macau Eiffel Tower, it’s time to enjoy a bit of Venice by going on a gondola ride at The Venetian Macau.
Just like in the movies, you’ll be serenaded by your gondolier during the ride, which will take you through San Luca, Marco Polo, or the Grand Canals.
If you’re staying in Hong Kong, make sure to do a side trip to Macau with a full-day tour that will take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other stunning structures.
You’ll get to explore the Ruins of St. Paul’s, the traditional Chinese temple Na Tcha, sections of the Old City Walls, Mount Fortress, Museum of Macau, and more. This tour will definitely allow you to maximize a full day in this exciting city.
Five minutes away from the Macau Ferry Terminal and Heliport is Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, the largest leisure and themed entertainment complex in all of Macau.
With an area of 133,000 square meters, it houses several European-themed architectures like the Babylon Casino, Legend Palace Hotel, Harbour View Hotel, and the Rocks Hotel.
A marina, as well as other dining, shopping, and entertainment facilities are also located in the complex.
It’s a great place for playing, touring, strolling, shopping, and picture taking!
Camoes Garden is one of Macau’s oldest and largest parks, covering an area of approximately 20,000 square meters.
It was originally the house of a Portuguese merchant who raised pigeons, which is why the pavilions and buildings within the residence looked like nests.
The residence was turned over to the government after he passed, commemorating the famous Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, hence the park’s current name.
In this park, you’ll find small mountains, beautiful trees and flowers, and the bronze statue ‘Embrace’ which symbolizes the friendship between China and Portugal.
Hac Sa Beach, which means ‘the famous black sand’ in Cantonese, is the largest natural beach in Macau. In the past, the sand looked completely black because of the dark-toned minerals in the water.
Today, although the shore is still dark in some parts, you’ll see mostly yellow sand because it has been refilled by the government to prevent further erosion.
While here, you can also check out the Hac Sa Reservoir Country Park located a few steps away.
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Macau Science Center was designed by world renowned architect I.M. Pei and is considered one of the most impressive science centers in China.
It has an exhibition center where you can see permanent galleries on science for children, technology, environment, and lifestyle.
You also get to explore the first planetarium in the world that’s equipped with 3D and an ultra-high definition projection system capable of playing interactive live shows and dome movies.
A place that’s considered old world Macau. This well-restored village gives tourists a chance to revisit how Macau was like in the 20th century.
Exploring this peaceful and quaint area will allow you to know the rich heritage and culture of Macau, and provide you with the perfect alternative to the usual entertainment hubs and casinos that the city has to offer.
This Taipa Village is a picturesque, you can also explore many different dining options, museums, attractions, and activities, as you do some souvenir shopping along the way.
You can’t go to Macau and not visit the cute giant pandas and some red pandas at the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion!
With two indoor activity quarters, an indoor exhibit area, and an outdoor yard, this is the best place for the whole family to see how pandas go about their day.
You can also learn about China’s panda preservation efforts, buy adorable panda souvenirs at the gift shop, and enjoy some fun games at the game zone.
Each place has something exciting to offer travelers.
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