Nestled on the sunny shores of the South China Sea is Macau, a special administrative region of China and an area with a long, glittering history. The peninsula has long been something of a melting pot in the Asian region, given its status as one of the oldest European colonies on the continent, and this, coupled with the region’s immense wealth, utterly dense population and global acclaim, makes it one of the prime spots in Asia for visitors to peruse and enjoy. If you’re enthralled by the prospect of Macau but aren’t too sure of what exactly is there to see, here are a few of Macau’s best bits!
One of Macau’s prime draws is the territory’s booming casino industry, and the reclaimed Cotai area is the epicentre of this stylish, glamorous scene. Whether you take a stroll around The Venetian, one of the largest casinos in the world, the House of Dancing Water, or the City of Dreams, each and every one of Cotai’s gambling hotspots is a wonder to be experienced. If you’re not too clued up on the small details of slots, table games and cards, make sure you play a few games online before you arrive; you’ll do far better as a result!
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Rising up from the top of a hill in central Macau are the Ruins of St. Paul’s, one of the most treasured tourist spots in the entire Macanese region. Built in the 17th century by Portuguese Jesuit missionaries, only the facade of the structure is still extant, the rest having been razed by fire in 1835. The beautiful white structure simply needs to be seen by visitors; marvel at the intricate statues, monuments and carvings that crowd and captivate.
If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of central Macau, Taipa Village, located a stones throw away from the mainland on the island of Taipa, is a must-see. Visitors to this quiet island can see what life was like for the Macanese throughout history, and a tour through the Taipa-Houses Museum, Pak Tai Temple and the Church of Our Lady of Carmel are all advised.
Macanese cuisine is truly excellent, and visitors to the city are advised to try the many cuisines that pervade the city’s restaurants. First, there’s Portuguese food, dishes best eaten at the restaurants of the south-western tip of the peninsula; stews, tarts and other European treats are a hallmark of this historical cuisine. Macanese food is a slightly different story, combining African spices, European and Chinese influences together to create beautifully rich and fragrant dishes. Barbequed chicken, Chinese-style cookies and Minchi – minced meat with potato cubes – are all begging to be tried!