Places To Visit In Macau

Macau is an autonomous territory on the south-west coast of China, and after 300 years of Portuguese rule, it’s unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures amidst its rich lifestyle has gained it the nickname of the “Vegas of China”.

Due to its small size, it is possible to explore all of the places to visit in Macau on foot and in a day or two, on a short getaway trip from Hong Kong. You can enter Macau either via a drive or by taking a ferry that passes from under the gateway bridge.

In Macau, you will find everything from casinos and pubs to Disneyland, Chinese temples made in Portuguese architecture style, public squares, fountains and gardens and towers ornamenting the Macau skyline. However, you will also be able to enjoy nature’s one beauty too at the places to visit in Macau briefly, 

If  you wish for a short trip but to cover a lot many luxuries, taking the ferry or driving to Macau and leaving back for home the same day or the next is definitely a great choice and makes for a fun-infused getaway that will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Constructed between 1602 and 1640 by Jesuit priests who travelled to Far East with the motive of spreading Catholicism, the site originally included the St. Paul's College and the Church of St. Paul. Which is also referred as “Mater Dei”, a Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.
The structure, located at the top of the hill, was the largest church in Asia at the time and was also acclaimed as “The Vatican of the Far East”.
The existence of the church was to reflect the triumph of the Roman Catholic Church through the ornate grandeur of the buildings.

The structure was made out of wood, and has survived three fires, leaving only the beautiful granite façade behind and an extravagant staircase of 68 stone steps leading up to it.

It is believed by many of the historians that the church was designed by an Italian Jesuit named Carlo Spinola. The church’s design is exquisite and one of a kind – like the city of Macau itself, it’s a mix of East and West. Chinese and Japanese artisans and craftsmen were involved in the decoration of the façade, which was built by Japanese Christians who were fleeing persecution at home.

The ruins of the façade after the fire were restored by the Macanese government into a museum, and today the façade is buttressed with concrete and steel in a way that preserves the aesthetic integrity of the façade.

A steel stairway allows tourists to climb up to the top of the façade from the rear to get a closer look at the stone carvings and to experience a panoramic view of the city below. It’s a tradition to throw coins into the top window of the ruins from the stairs, which is believed for good luck. In 2005, the ruins were officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Venetian Macao is an extravagant luxury hotel and casino resort in Macau. It is said to be owned by the American Las Vegas Sands company.
The Venetian is a 39-story, casino hotel on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The 10,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2) Venetian Macao is modeled on its sister casino resort The Venetian Las Vegas. The Venetian Macao is said to be the 2nd largest casino in the world, the largest single structure hotel building in Asia, and also the seventh-largest building in the world by floor area.

The main hotel tower was built in July 2007 and the resort officially opened on 28 August 2007. The resort has 3,000 suites, 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of convention space, 1,600,000 sq ft (150,000 m2) of retail, 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2) of casino space – with approximately 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and the 15,000-seat Cotai Arena for entertainment and sports events.

The lead architect for the Venetian Macao were Aedas and HKS, Inc. in a joint venture, who were responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the project on site.

Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. It is located within the central area of the Macau Peninsula. Covering an area of 3,700 square meters (4,425 square yards), this is one of the four largest squares in Macau; the others being Praça do Centro Cultural, Praça do Lago Sai Van and Praça do Tap Seac. In 2005 it had been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List as it's a part of the Historic Centre of Macau.

The square is named as Senado as since Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) it's been in front of the Leal Senado Building. During the age of Portuguese control this is often where the local authorities would want to review the troops on their inaugurations.
In 1940, there was a statue of a Portuguese soldier named Mesquita in it's centre. He was responsible for the deaths of many Chinese soldiers during the hostilities with the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Understandably, the statue had been destroyed by Chinese people and replaced by a fountain; this is often why the square is additionally called "the Fountain".

In the early 1990s, the authority hired some Portuguese experts to pave the Senado Square with a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones. From then on this area has become a well-liked place for cultural activities in Macau. The buildings round the Senado Square have an extended history and have many western features, in order that they are well protected by the authority and nobody is allowed to alter the facades of these buildings.

There are shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants round the Senado Square. Fashion clothes, famous snacks and therefore the scenic environment make Senado Square a famous attraction. Firework displays, lion and dragon dances are usually persisted special days like the Chinese New Year and yuletide . One can go and enjoy those activities.

City of Dreams, also known as CoD or CoD Macau, is an extravagant hotel and casino built in the style of a podium with four towers: namely the Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel, and the Grand Hyatt Macau (2 towers). Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams has approximately 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) of gaming space with 450 gaming tables and 1514 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars, including one of the largest in the city.

The first structure of City of Dreams opened on 1 June 2009, and the Grand Hyatt in November 2009.

In late November 2016, Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd's chairman Lawrence Ho unveiled the fifth hotel to be located within the City of Dreams. Named Morpheus, it is designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and opened in 2018.It has 772 guest rooms. Alain Ducasse has two restaurants in the Morpheus Hotel, the restaurants are called “Alain Ducasse at Morpheus” and “Voyages by Alain Ducasse”. The latter restaurant also has a bar called the "Voyages bar by Alain Ducasse".

It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment. Known to be Melco's second mega-sized property in Macau, City of Dreams is located directly opposite to the extravagant The Venetian Macao.

Considered as one of the cultural relics and heritages of the Island, the Taipa Houses-Museum comprises five distinctive green houses with the design of Portuguese architecture , featuring the “Macanese Living Museum”, the “Exhibitions Gallery”, the “Creative Casa”, the “Nostalgic House” and therefore the “House for Reception”. In 1992, the Taipa Houses-Museum was acclaimed The highest ground in the top eight scenes of Macao for its outstanding beauty and important architectural value. In the past times, an outsized mangrove swamp was seen adjacent to the Portuguese residential complex. But today the Museum is surrounded by large-scale tourism and entertainment facilities, witnessing the rapid urban development of the island.

Macau Science Center is the one and only science-themed museum in Macau. Its main task is to promote science popularization and education among adolescents and provide a pleasant platform for science education, exhibition and convention. Inaugurated in 2009 by Chinese President Hu Jintao, the Macau Science Center is designed by the Pei Partnership Architects' Sandi Pei, the son of renowned Chinese-American architect IM Pei. Macau Science Center is now a landmark of Macau, since it extremely close to the Macau Cultural Center and Fisherman's Wharf. Macau Science Center covers a floor space of 22,850 square meters and construction acreage of 32,245 square meters. The main structure is a combination of tilted conoid, hemispheroid and a diamond pedestal. The outside wall is dressed with silvery aluminized steel sheets and glass curtain. The glass curtain collects natural lighting for the inside , showing scientific and environmental design concept. Macau Science Center consists of Exhibition Center (the main building), Planetarium, Convention Center, podium buildings and an out of doors handrail. Macau Science Center boasts today’s cutting-edge technology equipments, such as the highest resolution 3D planetarium in the Space Theatre of the Planetarium.

Soaring 338m above ground, housing world-class conference facilities, entertainment, leisure, shopping facilities and an unmatched bird's eye view of the Macau under one roof, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre (Macau Tower) has been the city’s main landmark since 2001.

High-speed panoramic elevators take visitors up to the peak of 233m, where they will enjoy spectacular views of Macau and therefore the surrounding regions at the Tower’s Outdoor Observation Deck, where you'll see as far as China’s Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong on clear days.
Adventurers can try the rides of AJ Hackett including Skywalk, Sky Jump or the Guinness record Highest Commercial Building Bungy Jump and even combat the ultra spectacular Tower Climb to reach the top of the Tower at 338m.
Macau Tower offers gourmets a treat, from a powerful buffet spread at the revolving 228m 360° Café to fine dining at the Lua Azul Chinese restaurant or authentic Portuguese restaurant Tromba Rija. The tower could be a one-stop dining experience to cater for each epicurean and visitors also can shop with a novel selection of trend-setting retailers.
As a world-class conference venue, the Macau Tower caters for organizations and corporations of all types offering well-equipped exhibition halls, banquet facilities and a 3D cinema . it's a preferred venue for several business and personal event-organizers, where they create splendid events that last in their clients’ memory.

St. Dominic’s Church near Leal Senado was first built in 1587 by Spanish Dominican priests and the next year was taken over by Portugal disciples. The construction of the church aimed to enshrine Our Lady of the Rosary. St. Dominic’s Church was originally built in camphorwood and finally rebuilt in stone in 17th century. The annual parade of transferring Blessed Virgine Mary to Penha Hill starts from St. Dominic Church on May, 13. St. Dominic’s Church entered the lists of World Heritage Site in 2005 as it forms part of Historic Center of Macau. It is now the main venue for yearly Macau International Music Festival. It is the church that has seen the most concerts in Macau.


The beautiful Portuguese colonial Catholic church has three halls. A few arched brick gates separate the nave with side halls and the main altar. The ceiling is carved with Spanish crowns. The main hall is resplendent with colored glasses. The statue of ''The Virgin and Child'' is placed on the altar and two statues of Christ nearby. Besides, a multitude of intriguing oil paintings and statues can be found in the church, including the outstanding statue of Jesus Christ. In 1991, the Macau government set out a maintenance project on the church. And the bell tower on the third floor was transformed into a museum called Treasury of Sacred Arts, housing various catholic Mass utensils and wood carving pieces.

Nestled against a hill side in Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane in a very fan-shaped layout of about 3,000m2, Macao panda Pavilion is meant to require advantage of mixing the terrain’s natural undulations with the architectural characteristics.

The pavilion comprises two 330m2 indoor activity quarters and a 600m2 outdoor yard for the inhabitation of the enormous panda and a 900m2 indoor exhibit area. Two viewing paths of various elevations align along the front fringe of the fan-layout indoor activity area, accessible to 2 streams of tourists . Internal facilities include a logistics centre with panda dens, bamboo-washing and storage quarters, feed preparation room, feed warehouse, control centre and veterinarian clinic, etc.

Pavilion of Rare Animals is situated inside Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane and is a conservation site for rare animals. The exhibition hall consists of three indoor and a couple of outdoor activity areas to supply ample activity space for the red pandas. many sorts of plants are planted within the activity areas to make an environment almost like the red pandas’ wild habitat. The temperature inside the pavilion is regulated to stay within 25°C to supply an ambient temperature that's most comfortable for the red pandas. Climbing facilities like perches also are installed inside the activity areas for the red pandas to practise their climbing skills.

The Macao panda Information Centre and Macao panda novelty shop are situated inside the park too. The Macao panda Information Centre may be a two-story building featuring multifunctional video rooms, exhibition areas, reading corners and network interactive areas. Intended as a platform for promoting public understanding of panda , it also hosts, among other activities, exhibitions and interest classes on a daily basis, additionally to providing information about panda . Located at the most entrance to the Seac Pai Van Park, the Macao panda novelty shop is devoted to selling gifts and souvenirs associated with panda . It offers an outsized collection of panda gifts for visiting residents and tourists to settle on from, including soft toys, bags, clothes, stationery and home items , etc. entrance fee is required for the Macao panda Pavilion and Pavilion of Rare Animals.

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Ruins of St. Paul’s, Senado Square, The Venetian Macau, Nam Vam Lake, Chimelong Ocean kingdom Park, temples like A-Ma Temple and Puji temple, theaters like Batman Dark Flight and Dom Pedro V Theater and museums like Macau Museum and Grand Prix Museum are some of the best places to visit in Macau, The casinos of Macau are also famous places to visit in Macau with a rich and buzzing nightlife.
Hanging out at Senado Square, a hub of activities to do in Macau, such as shopping for apparel, street food and souvenirs, and sightseeing around the plazas and hotel areas of Macau, Hac-sa Reservoir Country Park, Macau Tower and A-Ma Temple, Guia Fortress and the parks and gardens of Macau are some of the best things to do in Macau for free. In addition, most museums in Macau offer free entry into the enriching experience through their galleries.
Macau Tower, Macau Science Center, ruins of St. Paul’s, the Venetian Macau and House of Dancing Water are some of the best places to visit in Macau with family and kids. Eating egg tarts, the famous street food of Macau, and going to the beach are other fun things to do in Macau with family.
Going to bars like Cinnebar and clubs like D2 Club and Lounge are some of the best places to visit in Macau with friends for a good time. You can also catch live music shows at places to visit in Macau such as Cotai Arena and Dom Pedro V Theater for a fun time with friends. These places also reflect the rich Macau nightlife that is a popular attraction amongst tourists.
Shop-Rua do Cunha and Rua da Felicidade are streets in Macau where you can do a lot of shopping for a variety of souvenirs while also grabbing the local delicacies available on the street food at these places.
Senado Square, the social hub of the city where you will find a wide range of entertainment, street food and things to do in Macau, and the bars, pubs and casinos of Macau are some of the most happening places to visit in Macau, whether during the day or at night time.
Macau has a number of bars and clubs like Cinnebar and D2 Club and Lounge which are popular places to visit in Macau at night. The casinos and gambling scene at Macau is another top thing to do in Macau at night time. The city feels like a Las Vegas of the east thanks to the glamor of its buzzing and fun nightlife and gambling casinos throughout the city.