Macau is known as China’s gambling hub and has even surpassed Las Vegas in terms of revenue. But it is also the first and last European colony in China, making Macau a unique testament to the marriage of East and West cultures.
Located across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, it also used to be one of the important trading ports. Its colonial architecture and cultural heritage make it more than just the Las Vegas of the East.
If you are looking forward to travelling to Macau and need some good tips for it, I am here to save the day for you!
Visit the Historic Centre of Macau
The Historic Centre of Macau, inscribed as a World Heritage Site , is where you can find 25 monuments of historical and architectural importance. These attest to the unique interweaving of Portuguese and Chinese culture.
The Ruins of St. Paul has become one of the most visited sites in Macau. The remaining façade is also one of the most photographed in the city, evidenced by the crowds you will see on the stairs going up the ruins.
Ruins of St. Paul, Image via google
Stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf
At the outer harbour of Macau, the Fisherman’s Wharf is, you can say a ghost town in the morning.But that can prove to be an advantage as you wouldn’t have to compete with other people just to click pictures. The best time to visit this place is afternoon. Feast your eyes on European-themed buildings around the harbour front as MFW is walking distance from Macau ferry terminal and the entertainment complex is free.
Taste the delicacies of Macau for free
Coming from Senado Square, there is a street going to the Ruins of St. Paul where jerky sellers and Macanese delicacies abound. Many shops offer you these a taste of these dishes for free which in a way tempt you to buy more. Thyere are also many resturants and souvenir shops along the street.
Must try are Portuguese egg tarts, Tai Lei Loi Kei’s pork chop buns, Koi Kei’s almond cookies and egg rolls.
Free Museum Hopping
As you must be already aware of the fact that Macau, is rich with a cultural and historical past. The small city of Macau also has a plethora of museums to choose from. For those tight on budget, there are a handful of museums with free admission.
This includes the Grand Prix Museum, which was opened to commemorate the anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix.There is also Macau Tea Culture House, which will delight tea culture enthusiasts. The Wine Museum is also free and is certainly a must-see for wine enthusiasts.
The Wine Museum, Image via Google
Inside St. Dominic’s Church which is next to Senado Square, is the Treasure of Sacred Art Museum, which houses around 300 artifacts dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Inside the Ruins of St. Paul, is the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt. This is where one can find the only work of the ancient St. Paul’s College that survived the fire in 1835 – the 17th-century oil painting of Archangel Michael.
Other museums that are free admission are Museum of the Macau Security Forces, Handover Gifts Museum of Macau, Natural and Agrarian Museum, Fire Services Museum, and Dr. Sun Iat Sen Memorial House in Macau. Some museums are free on certain days. Macau Museum is free on the 15th of each month. Macau Museum of Art, Museum of Taipa and Coloane History, and Taipa Houses Museum are free on Sundays.
The oldest temple, A-Ma, in the Historic Centre of Macau, isn’t the only one around. There are few other temples around Macau that you can visit. The fascinating thing about the temples in Macau is that a combination of Buddhist, Taoist, and Animist gods are worshiped in them. Their location was also determined based on Feng Shui.
One of the biggest and wealthiest among Macau temples,Kun Iam Tong, is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. It is also one of the Three Ancient Temples of Macau. Lin Fung, one of the largest temples in scale is also one of the Three Ancient Temples of Macau.
If you’re seeking to click pictures, you need to make sure you’ve asked for the permission to do so. There must be respect shown in these Holy grounds.
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