A combination of a fascinating history and stellar casinos have made the Chinese territory of Macau one of the world’s premier tourist destinations for those seeking both culture and entertainment in equal measure. With tourism in Macau booming and looking set to continue doing so, we take a look at some of the top things to do there.
You can’t really discuss Macau without mentioning casinos. The territory is the world’s largest gambling centre, far surpassing second place Las Vegas. The scale of Macau’s casino scene is unlikely to hit home until you hit the Cotai Strip where the majority of the territories casinos are located. The pick of the casinos is the City of Dreams where you’ll find tables to suit all markets, from minimum spends of HK$0.05 right up to HK$5,000. Not only will visitors find a whole host of table games and slots in the City of Dreams, they’ll also discover out of this world shows such as The House of Dancing Water.
Away from the bright lights of Macau’s casino district you can find the serene A-Ma Temple. First built in 1488 during the Ming Dynasty, the temple is the oldest in the Macau. The temple is made up of six parts, each of which contains what can only be described as simply stunning examples of classical Chinese architecture. Not only does the temple provide visitors with man-made beauty, its location affords mesmerising views out across Macau and the peninsula. The A-Ma temple is free for all ages is open from 7am – 6pm.
While A-Ma temple is a shining example of classical Chinese architecture, Macau Tower, located over on the other side of the lake represents the more modern side of Macau. Completed in 2001, Macau Tower stands at an impressive1,108 ft., making it comfortably the tallest building Macau. The top floor of the tower is located 731 ft. up the tower and is home to an observation deck the offers incredible 360-degree panoramic views out over Macau. Tickets to the observation deck cost roughly £11. You can do a lot more than just admire the view though, if you dare. Why not follow in the footsteps of Jack ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ Osbourne and bungee jump off the top of the tower.
Ruins of the Church of St Paul
The Ruins of the Church of St Paul is one of Macau’s best and most visited tourist attractions. Built in the 17th Century as a Jesuit church, a fire in 1835 destroyed the bulk of building, leaving only the front and staircase standing. Nevertheless though, the Church of St Paul has gone on to become one of the most recognisable structures in the whole of Macau. The ruins are located in Senado Square and are free for all visitors.
With a host of landmarks and activities it’s clear to see why Macau is becoming a tourist hotspot for culture vultures and fun seekers alike.
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