Macau offers many fun tourist attractions to visit. Macau is a complete destination. Located not far from Hong Kong, making this region as one of the favorite destinations. Magnificent and historic buildings you can explore during daytime. Macau is famous for excellent restaurants, unique cuisine and mellow bars. Macau is one place where you have the liberty to shop till you drop. Range from clothes, silk, jewelry, toys, gadgets, antiques, porcelain, mobile phones, watches, cashmere sweaters, etc.
Not only that, there are many casinos in Macau. There Lisboa Casino, Wynn Casino and Sands Casino. The most famous casinos today is Venetian Macau. It is the largest casino, like Venice in Italy, complete with artificial canals and gondolas, there are even artificial sky. The gambling area is very spacious equipped with thousands of hotel rooms.
Here are major tourist attractions in Macau you can visit:
1. Senado Square
This is the epicenter of shopping in Macau. Uniquely, the buildings that line at Senado Square is a blend of Chinese and Portuguese culture. Many Shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants around the square. Fashion clothes, famous snacks and the scenic environment make it a famous attraction in Macau. Firework displays, lion and dragon dances are usually held on special days such as the Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas. Senado Square is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. Covering an area of 3,700 square meters (4,425 square yards), this is one of the four largest public squares in Macau.
2. Macau Tower
Macau Tower is an important landmark of Macau. The tower is 338 m (1,109 ft) in height from ground level to the highest point. An observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities.
3. Ruins of St Paul
Cathedral of St. Paul, a 17th century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s most famous landmarks. In 2005, they were officially enlisted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau. Built with granites, Cathedral of St. Paul has a baroque facade rich in ornamentation but with classic oriental characteristics. From the bottom up, the structure has five tiers. The first tier is comprised of ten Ionic columns with three entrances. The entrance in the middle has ‘MATER DEI’ carved into it.
4. Venetian Macau
In Venetian Macau there are two main areas—the tourist area and the casino area. In the tourist area, there are the Venetian styled buildings, canals and plaza. If you don’t want to go shopping, touring around the Grand Canal Shoppes area would be the best choice. As in Venice, you are able to relax on a gondola as the pier is near the plaza with the trip taking 15 minutes accompanied by songs from the gondoliers. The San Luca, Marco Polo and Grand Canals are all named after the famous Venetian canals. Beside the canals there is the San Marco Square, which was also named after the Italian plaza. The Venetian Macau is also famous for its casino. It has one of the largest casinos in the world at 13 acres.
5. A-Ma Temple
The A-Ma Temple, located in the southeast of the Macau Peninsula, is the oldest temple in Macau. It was constructed in the year of 1488 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The A-Ma Temple offers silence and spectacular views. The temple contains six main parts, all of which make up a series of classical Chinese architectural treasures, and this is all guarded by stone lions. Entering the temple and going across a gateway, you will reach the Hongren Hall by a winding path.
6. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Macao Fisherman’s Wharf is Macau’s first theme park as well as a shopping center modeled on Euramerican fisherman’s wharfs. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf divided into three main sections: Dynasty Wharf, East Meets West and Legend Wharf. Dynasty Wharf is composed of many Chinese towers, which are built in the imitation of the Tang-style. Macau East Meets West mixes together oriental traditions and features of western design, including a 40-metre (about 131 feet) tall man-made volcano, waterfalls, architectures of Greece, an ancient battleship, an Arabian children’s play area, a Roman Amphitheatre, a characteristic shopping mall and exhibition facilities. Legend Wharf is equipped with all kinds of recreational facilities, such as a High-tech Games Center, Water Performance Arena and a Video Games Center.
7. Kun Iam Temple
Kun Iam Temple is the most impressive and magnificent of the three most famous temples of Macau (A-Ma Temple and Lin Fung Temple (Lotus Temple)) Kun Iam Temple has three main shrines suited one behind another. It consists of one Hall of Sakyamuni, one Buddha of Longevity Hall and one Kun Iam Hall with several small shrines around these three main halls. Kun Iam Hall is the most important hall of the temple. Kun Iam, arrayed in embroidered silk and in crown, is flanked by the Eighteen Buddhas. One of them is said to be carved in the image of Marco Polo who studied Buddhism in the temple.
8. Grand Prix Museum
Macau Grand Prix Museum displays exhibits that are related to Grand Prix worldwide including photos, videos, illustrated articles, cups, records of champions and some commemorative items. Some breathtaking scenes of GP in Macau as well as in other countries are on display. If you like, two racing car simulators enable you to experience racing on the challenging tracks at an extreme high speed.
9. Sun Yat-Sen Park
The Sun Yat-Sen Park is located in the northwest of the Macau Peninsula. This park is one of forty-three Sun Yat-Sen Parks in the world. Doctor Sun Yat-sen is known in China as “the Father of the Revolution”. Sun Yat-Sen Park is divided into two main sections which have distinct styles. The northeast section is laid out as classical Chinese garden with artificial lakes, an arched bridge, pavilions and towers. In contrast, the southwestern section is European in style with athletic facilities and greenhouses gardens. There is also a children’s playground in the centre of the park.
10. Guia Fortress
The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Macau. Guia Fortress, along with the chapel and lighthouse are symbols of Macau’s maritime, military and missionary past. The fortress was constructed between 1622 and 1638. Inside the fortress stands Guia Chapel, The chapel’s elaborate frescoes depict representations of both western and Chinese themes, displaying motifs of religious and mythological inspiration that are a perfect example of Macau’s multicultural dimension. Guia Lighthouse, built in 1865, which also stands within the perimeter, is the first modern lighthouse on the Chinese coast.
Macau also has many events that attract tourists. One of the most famous is the International Fireworks Display, a contest that pits teams of firework engineers against each other over a series of nights in September and October. Seen from the water’s edge, featuring resultant spectacular and made one of the biggest events in the world. Held every November, Macau Food Festival is another annual event, with more than 100 stalls offering tasty morsels from Asia, Europe and beyond.