Macau is a must for your ‘to visit’ list. It’s seriously popular – in fact, tourism there has boomed in recent years. A small peninsula in mainland China, across from the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, the city is known as ‘the Las Vegas of Asia’ despite this there is still plenty to do beyond the bright lights of Macau. Here are some of the top things you can do there…
1. See the Ruins of St. Paul’s & Monte Fort
Officially listed in 2005 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ruins of St. Paul’s (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik) stands adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church. A stay in Macau would be incomplete without seeing these unusual, yet stunning, ruins. Monte Fort was used to defend the church from pirates and is also worth a visit while you’re there. Better still, it’s all free.
2. Walk around Senado Square
Situated in front of the Leal Senado Building, this is one of the four most important squares in Macau. Paved in a wave-patterned mosaic of coloured stones, the square is home to shopping centres, traditional Chinese restaurants, boutiques and bars. You can also enjoy incredible firework displays if you visit during the Chinese Spring Festival or at Christmas time.3. Visit the famous casinos
There are 33 casinos in Macau, and the biggest is The Venetian Macao which also happens to be the biggest in the world. They look absolutely stunning at night with their flamboyant light displays. It’s really easy to get around too – the casino resorts all offer a free shuttle service between them. Many of the casinos reside in Cotai and the Macau Peninsula.
4. Play a spot of golf
Macau is home to the most beautiful golf course in Asia. Located on the south side of Coloane Island near the Western Resort Complex, The Golf & Country Club really is a must visit. The golfing facilities are complemented by fine views over the Pearl River and Hac Sá beach. You’ll also find a steam room, swimming pool, sauna, tennis court and more at this gorgeous leisure resort. Visit the website to enquire about day prices.
5. Take a half day to visit Taipa VillagePerfectly picturesque, Taipa Village is one of only two traditional ‘villages’ that still exist in Macau. Here you’ll enjoy narrow lanes and alleys, colonial houses painted in yellow, blue and green, the Avenida de Praia (a tree-lined esplanade with wrought-iron benches), Portugese style cafes and more. It’s just a short walk away from any of the Cotai resorts.
Macau is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why.
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