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Macau Travel Guide - Macau Tourist Attractions
Macau, Hong Kong
Macau – Casinos, Beaches, Duty-free Shopping, Horse and Dog Racing
Macau, a part of the People’s Republic of China, lies to the west of the Pearl River estuary, opposite Hong Kong. To its south and east is the South China Sea and it has land borders with Guangdong in the north. Originally an island, land reclamation turned it into a peninsula in the 17th century. It has remnants of a few steep hills; Alto de Coloane at a height of 170.6 m is the highest. There are several wonderful oriental and Portuguese landmarks and historic places; the Historic Centre of Macau comprising 25 historic locations was declared a World Heritage Site in 2005.
When you take the Macau Tour Package, you’ll find that though casinos are one of Macau’s prime attractions, clean streets, fresh air and gardens including the pretty Flora Garden and Lou Lim Iok Garden attract locals and tourists. The Chinese temples, churches, ancient forts and monuments, combining oriental and Western culture, add to its charm. Guia Hill, which has a Fort and a Lighthouse, is a place tourists trek to. The ruins of St. Paul’s and Monte Fort – one of Macau’s best preserved monuments – attract large numbers of visitors. There are quite a few museums worth visiting, including the Grand Prix Museum, Arts Museum, Taipa Houses Museum, Maritime Museum – in a boat-shaped building – and even a Wine Museum! The Senado Square with a fountain in the centre and wave-patterned pavements, surrounded with elegant Portuguese buildings, is another landmark. The Cameos Garden and Grotto, representing both Chinese and Western architectural styles, is popular with the locals. The famous temple of A-Ma, from which Macau later got its’ name, is symbolic of the city with the faithful flocking to it seeking favours.
Macau presents many sports opportunities. Taipa and Coloanne, islands off the Macau peninsula and connected to it by bridges, are a nature-lover’s delight and have secluded beaches promising a restful holiday, but along with Guia Hill in the eastern region of Macau, these are also sought by joggers and hikers, as their hill-tops lend splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Hac Sa Bay is popular with swimmers and golfers, while Bamboo Bay offers wind-surfing and horse racing. Karting, golfing, horse and dog racing are popular activities in Macau. Our Macau Tour Package can lead you to participate in several interesting events. There is a Dragon Boat Festival in the Nam Van Lake. Traditional events include the Chinese New Year celebrations; the Feast of Tou Tei and the Catholic Procession of the Passion of our Lord. Innumerable devotees celebrate the Festival of A-Ma – Macau’s saviour.
The elegant Largo do Senado has several shops selling clothes of international brands, curios and jewellery. Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro is another frequented shopping area. Besides these two, Infante de Henrique, Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva and De Horta e Costa are the main shopping areas. Many shops sell varied merchandise including jewellery, clothes of international brands, Chinese antiques, porcelain, pottery, wine and electronic goods at duty-free prices. Going up north from Largo do Senado, is Rua S Donmingos with innumerable shops selling clothes, cosmetics and shoes that are frequented by the fair sex. The brand labels include Staccato, Nine West, Body Shop, Angel, H2O+ and Sa Sa. East of Rua S Donmingos in Rua Petro Nolasco da Silva, are other shops selling the latest clothing for men and women, bags and sportswear. Rua da Palha has several shops selling glass curios including delicate porcelain ornaments made of water lily, which is a symbol of Macau. Red Market, called such because of the surfeit of red buildings constructed on it by the Portuguese sells the best fruits, besides vegetables, flowers and clothes. The Three Lamps District has several shops selling various kinds of goods. There are furniture and antique shops along Rua de S Paulo providing replicas of traditional Chinese furniture in rosewood and other shops selling figurines, pottery and Chinese paintings. Taipa Village hosts a bazaar every Sunday when many handicrafts, gifts, clothes and toys are sold. Authentic Douru and Alentjo wines from Portugal can be bought in Macau, duty-free.
Macau has roadside cafes, bars, pubs and discotheques. Popular dishes in Macau are a blend of Cantonese and Portuguese food, besides which Italian, French, Indian, Korean, Japanese and Brazilian cuisine abounds. A few Indian restaurants serve authentic and good Indian cuisine. There are several dim sum delicacies, while custard tarts, pastries and desserts are highly popular. In the Rua da Felicidade, there are fine bakeries selling pastries and dim sum. Rua de Cunha with its pastry shops and delicious street food does brisk business. Towards the end of the New Road are plenty of snack stalls and pastry shops selling excellent local savouries. Macanese people love tea, cheese and egg rolls, cashew cookies and almond cakes. Choi Heong Yeun and Koi Kei are besieged by tourists for their almond cakes. Macau Landmark with its fashionable shops and upscale entertainment is known to be a fine dining area. Largo do Senado has restaurants serving the local cuisine. Platao serves Portuguese and Spanish cuisine, and is famed for Paella – Portuguese seafood and rice. Solmar, the oldest Portuguese restaurant makes the best African chicken. Heong Kei serves Chinese and Asian food, while Sopa de Fitas Bou Kei offers Burmese cuisine, and Joey Thai Restaurant has authentic Thai food.
In Macau, a humid and subtropical climate prevails; there’s plenty of rain. July is warmest with an average temperature of 28.9oC, while January is coldest with temperatures averaging at 15oC. Summer – beginning late March can be warm to hot, followed by heavy rainfall. Autumn – October-November is pleasant and sunny. Winter – December-early March is cold when temperatures can drop below 5oC.