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Four hundred years of integration between Chinese and Western history and culture have made Macao a splendid place today including the old Historic Center of Macao, stately churches, quiet streets, flashy gambling casinos, and mouthwatering food. Here, we have recommended the top 10 things for you to do in Macau.
Reputed as being “the Las Vegas of the East”, Macau is famous for its gambling and it has plenty of huge casinos. Even if you're not interested in gambling, the splendid appearance of these casinos is well worth seeing and taking pictures of, especially when the lights go on at night. For those who want to take a chance with their luck, just go ahead…and remember not to get too addicted to it.
Most casinos are located in the hotels and resorts. You can have fun there, such as shopping, boating, and watching wonderful entertainment shows, even if you are not interested in gambling. Here are some of the most famous casinos in Macau:
The Historic Center of Macau is the oldest, largest, best-preserved, and most concentrated architectural complex of Eastern and Western styles to exist in China. All of the architectural structures in the center are close to each other, being within walking distance.
It includes the ruins of the oldest church and monastery in China, the oldest Christian cemetery, the oldest Western-style battery complex, the first Western-style theater, the first modern lighthouse, and the first Western-style university.
Although Macao is a small island, there are more than 20 museums of various themes, such as art and culture, religious beliefs, and traditional customs. They show the wonderful and diverse culture of Macau. People can understand the city from different angles.
Macau’s cuisine is a mixture of Chinese and Portuguese and, over the centuries, the Macau people developed their own style of food by using local and imported ingredients. There are many kinds of baked Macanese foods, such as cakes, bread, and tarts.
Hac Sa Beach is located on the south side of Coloane. It got its name due to its distinctive smooth black sand. In recent years, however, the beach has been eroding so the Macau government has filled it with some yellow sand to prevent it from disappearing. You can spend some quiet time there.
Looking at the quiet bay, stepping on the soft black sand, and being bathed in the sea breeze is very pleasant. If you go there at night, you will have the chance to see the beautiful stars shining in the sky. There are many activities to do, such as camping, swimming, and enjoying a barbecue.
Travessa da Paixão is about 50 meters long and has a history of more than 80 years. The buildings on both sides are in a European style, painted in red and yellow with a romantic atmosphere. According to Macau folklore, if you go through the lane, you will soon fall in love. When walking down the lane, you can see many couples taking their wedding photos.
Macau Tower is the tenth tallest sightseeing tower in the world with a height of 338 meters. There is a very challenging activity: bungee jumping. Jump from a height of more than 200 meters and plunge towards the ground at a speed of 200 kph to get your adrenaline pumping. If you're not ready for the challenge of bungee jumping, you can test your nerves on Skywalk.
If you are not interested in such exciting adventures, there are other activities waiting for you: sightseeing, a movie theater, a revolving restaurant, shops, and game machines.
The Golden Reel is the world's first figure-8 Ferris wheel. It is 130 meters high, taking about 15 minutes to complete a ride. When night falls, the Ferris wheel emits a golden light, looking like two hot planets hitting the outside of a building. You can enjoy the most beautiful night view of Macau in a science fiction-themed viewing carriage.
These interesting and unusual animals live in a plush house alongside other animals in a small zoo in Seac Pai Van Park. Watch pandas munching bamboo, walking, rolling around, and lazing on rocks in their enclosure. It is a good place for children to visit.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is a theme park. Wandering in the park, you will feel like you are marching in the streets of ancient Rome, and the next second you will feel like you are walking through a palace in the Tang Dynasty. There are also many themed restaurants and bars there.
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