Macao: 10 things to see in Las Vegas of the East

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Tourist Guide Macau, a journey of discovery of the Chinese city, what to visit, Old Town and attractions.

Travel to Macau

In Macau, also known as the Las Vegas of the East to the widespread gambling, living architecture, food, lifestyles and temperaments Mediterranean and Asian. Since 2005 this city of China was recognized World Heritage Site by Unesco for its rich historical center where you will find churches, gardens, old cemeteries, colonial buildings and cobbled streets.

In addition to this, on top of the hill are forts, cathedral ruins, Buddhist temples, coffee romantic Portuguese and Cantonese restaurants, elements that make the visit fascinating and surprising at the same time.

Things to do in Macau

A-Ma Temple
This labyrinthine complex, composed of stone pavilions, gardens, statues and Buddhist and Taoist temples is dedicated to A-Ma, a goddess of the sea from which it takes its name from Macao. And ‘situated opposite the Bay of A-Ma in a pleasant and spiritual though often interrupted by the deafening explosions of firecrackers to scare away evil spirits, accompanied by the scent of incense airborne.

Guia Hill Fortress and Lighthouse
Built in 1637, the Guia Lighthouse is still working to guide ships in the waters off the Bay of Macao. It’s a high vantage point, also used to alert citizenship arrival of typhoons. During a recent refurbishment of the frescoes were discovered inside the chapel, nearby is a fascinating series of war shelters dug into the hill and a small museum that tells the stories of those who have served their country here. A walking path around the hill overlooking the city and its bays, also a cable car runs along the side of the hill.

Historic Centre of Macao
The old town includes squares, historic buildings, colonial buildings, cobbled streets and markets. The ruined facade of the church of San Paolo is located adjacent to the impressive Museum of Macao and the cannons of Monte Forte.
Lou Lim Ioc Garden
This cool, lush garden contains huge trees, ponds, bamboo groves gold, caves and a bridge with nine laps to prevent evil spirits to use it, since they could only move in a straight line. The locals use the park to practice tai chi or play musical instruments traditional Chinese. The renovated Victorian Lou Lim Ioc Garden Pavilion, which is located at the center of the pond is connected to the mainland by bridges, is used for temporary exhibitions.

Macau Tower
With 338m height, this TV tower dominates piece of reclaimed land and is one of the tallest structures in the world. The views from the observation deck on the 61st floor are spectacular. Sports fans can adventure going around it or Salere on its top. It ‘an entertainment center that includes cafes and shops.

Museo de Macau
The complex history of Macau is well told in this excellent museum. The ground floor focuses on maritime legacies of China and Portugal with graphs for the discovery of the territory and its emergence as a trading port for strategic raw materials and food. Do not miss the interesting collection of historical photos.

Senate Square
This beautiful square in Portuguese style offers different facades stunning pastel tones ranging from mandarin and lemon, combined with the gray stones of the Palace of Post and Telegraph, one of the most beautiful buildings of post offices in Asia. The main architectural jewel is the magnificent palace of the Senate, decorated on the outside with a fancy tile tiles, while the interior contains a splendid library. Other buildings to see are the Holy House of Mercy and the beautiful Church of San Domenico.

Taipa House Museum
This museum includes five villas lime green colonial style that overlook the water. They were built in 1921 as summer residences and three of them contain exhibits related to the regions of Portugal, the culture of Macao, the history and development of Taipa and Coloane. The two houses located to the east of the point where it meets Avenida da Praia Rua do Supico, are used for receptions and special exhibitions.

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