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Macau

Macau or Macao, is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Located across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong, until 1999 Macau was an overseas territory of Portugal. As the first and last European colony in Asia, Macau has more visible colonial history than Hong Kong. Walking through the old city you could convince yourself you were in Europe - if the streets were devoid of people and Chinese-language signage, that is. The Portuguese and Macanese population continues to maintain a presence, but most of the population is native Chinese.

Four-century Portuguese sovereignty until 1999 has left tiny Macau an inimitable mix of Chinese and Portuguese cultures and religious traditions. Today, it is known as the Mecca of gamesters, and it remains many famous historical monuments, such as the facade of St Paul's Church, A-Ma Temple, Mount Fortress, Guia Fortress, St. Anthony's Church, and St. Augustine's Church...Like its neighboring city - Hong Kong, Macau is also noted for Cantonese food and the status of Shopping heaven. For travelers, a tour to Macau will be an excursion to a Mediterranean town or a casinos paradise. One of the world's most densely populated spots, Macau is best known as Asia's largest destination for gambling taking in even more revenue than Las Vegas.

Attractions
The Historic Centre of Macau

The Historic Centre of Macau

Macau was under Portuguese administration from the mid-16th century until 1999; during this period, unique customs and culture along historical heritage left and made Macau a special city blending culture of East and West.

Hac Sa Beaches

Hac Sa Beaches

Hac Sa Beaches literarily means “black sand beach”, is a popular tourist sites in Macau. It is located at the south east side of Coloane Island. Local residents also love to enjoy the charm scenery, sun bathing and do some water activities there.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

The first ever-the med entertainment attraction in the tourism industry of Macau, Macao Fisherman's Wharf (Fisherman's Dock) is centrally located at Macau's outer harbor, 5-minute walk from the Macau Ferry Terminal and Heliport.

Temple of Kun Iam Tong

Temple of Kun Iam Tong

This Buddhist temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy was founded in the 13th century and the present buildings date from 1627. It is one of the biggest and wealthiest of Macau's temples with a huge entrance gate and roofs clustered with porcelain figures.

A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple Macau also called Barra Temple is located situated halfway up the western slope of Barra Hill. It is the most popular and oldest temple in Macau, dedicated to the Goddess of A-ma, the head shrine of the A-Ma-Gau faith spread over the world. With a history of more than 500 years, it is situated in the picturesque A-Ma cultural village, across from the Maritime Museum.

Macau Tower

Macau Tower

Macau Tower, also called Macau Sky Tower, is the tallest structure in Macao. It is another landmark in the city, regarded as the 8th highest one in Asia, soaring up to 338 meters above the ground. Officially designated as the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre (MTCEC), this modern architectural splendor is taller than the famous Eiffel Tower of Paris.

Macau Jockey Club

Macau Jockey Club

Horse Racing is a quite popular in Macau and draws most horse racing fans over the world come to Macao to enjoying the betting process and admire the racing meetings. Through years, several horse racing events are held in the city by Macau Jockey Club.

The Museum of Macau

The Museum of Macau

The Museum of Macao, located in the bowels of ancient Monte Fortress, facing the St. Paul's Ruins, provides an excellent overview of Macau's history, local traditions, and arts and crafts.

Ruins of St. Paul’s

Ruins of St. Paul’s

All that remains of the greatest of Macau's churches is its magnificent stone facade and grand staircase. The church was built in 1602 adjoining the Jesuit College of St. Paul's, the first Western college in the Far East where missionaries such as Matteo Ricci and Adam Schall studied Chinese before serving at the Ming Court in Beijing as astronomers and mathematicians.

Guia Fort

Guia Fort

Guia Fort, an old fort built in year 1637-1638, is one of the constructions listed in Historic Centre of Macao. It was set on the highest point of Macau, not only act as a defending fort, but also a great observation point that overlooking the Macao and the Pearl River estuary.

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