Macau is a small but exciting island adjacent to Mainland China. Called the “Vegas of Asia”, CNBC.com even reports that this special administrative region is set to become one of the wealthiest places on Earth. So, if you’re new to the region and want something new to tickle your wanderlust, here’s a list of some places in Macau that are known as the most unforgettable sites.
For Adrenaline Junkies:
1. Skycab Cable Car
Get a bird’s eye view of the stunning Macau cityscape at the Wynn Palace’s Skycab experience. For 30 minutes, you will be privy to an air-conditioned cab car that is open both night and day. Some of the best sights include the evening water and light show and the daytime dancing spectacle. The clear glass doors, sharp turns, and un-obscured view may be a bit scary for anyone who’s afraid of heights but it’s still a once in a lifetime experience.
2. Macau Tower and Convention Center
If you want to walk on the wild side, it’s worth visiting the Skywalk at the Macau Tower and Convention Center. The tower itself is 338 meters tall, with the Skywalk, café, and other recreational facilities all on the observation deck which stands at 223 meters. For anyone brave enough to do the Skywalk. And they are fastened to the edge of the viewing platform via harnesses and can stroll around the tower’s perimeter. If you want a little more, the tower is also home to the tallest commercial bungee jump, created by entrepreneur AJ Hackett.
For History Buffs:
3. A-Ma Temple
Known for its complex shrines housing various gods and religions, A-Ma Temple receives thousands of visitors every day. A post on Macau by Poker.org explains that visitors are encouraged to light incense at the shrine. And which is directly contributes to the heavily fragranced air surrounding the temple. Some even say you can smell it from blocks away! The oldest and most famous of temples in Macau, this site is also where Macau allegedly gets its name from.
4. Guia Fortress
Accessible from a ferry terminal, Guia Fortress has a lighthouse, a chapel, a cistern, and a commander’s house reflective of its past as a chief observation post built in 1865. To this day, the fortress’ chapel still has carefully preserved frescoes that visitors can view. Being a military outpost, Guia also has tunnels open to the public, as well as exhibits and pictures from its military past.
5. Taipa Houses
The Taipa Houses are great for anyone looking to go back in time. Inside the facility, five distinct greenhouses designed with classic Portuguese architecture have each been preserved and outfitted as a museum. They include the “Macanese Living Museum”, the “Exhibitions Gallery, the “Nostalgic House”, the “Creative Casa”, and the “House of Receptions”. Previously a Portuguese residential compound, it has well-manicured lawns and cobblestones surround the property.
For Nature Lovers:
6. Hac Sa Beach
Located south of Macau, Coloane is home to many lovely beaches. Its most famous one, though, is arguable Hac Sa Beach, as per an article on MacauLifestyle.com. Known for its black sand, Hac Sa gets its color from darker minerals that get washed ashore. Open to the public, beachgoers are allowed to barbecue and pitch tents for a small fee. A relatively quiet place, Hac Sa is also popular among locals looking to relax away from the city center’s hustle and bustle.
7. Giant Panda Pavilion
Giant Panda Pavilion is a gorgeous facility with a translucent roof that houses several giant pandas, red pandas, and monkeys. Located in Cotai, this is a must-see location, especially for young children. After you’ve visited the panda pavilion, you can spend the rest of your day relaxing in the koi ponds, gardens, and children’s playground.
Tourists from around the world, from all ages and backgrounds, will find something to enjoy the places in Macau. With a friendly and largely English speaking population, visitors may even find that the island feels like a home away from home.
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