Macau, a tourist paradise located right next to Hong Kong, was a Portuguese territory until 1999. Now, it’s a Chinese autonomous region that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It first appeared on the tourist radar by featuring in “Skyfall” in which James Bond visits the famous Floating Dragon Casino, also known as the Macau Palace.
But there are many other exciting places to visit in this mysterious city. Let’s take a closer look.
It’s a beautiful embellishment on the intensely-lit skyline of Macau, and you can see it from almost any spot because it’s a whopping 338 meters tall! Besides admiring it from distance, you can go up and have a 360-degree view of the city and the surrounding coastline. At the top, you’ll also find a cinema, a cafe and an adventure zone where you can bungee jump to your heart’s (dis)content.
Macau is the “Vegas of China” for a reason. The city has a thriving poker scene, and it even boasts a replica of the Venetian, one of the most famous gambling establishments in Sin City. It’s complete with gondolas, haute cuisine restaurants with uber-luxurious interiors and stores where you shouldn’t even step in if you’re not ready to spend $1,000 on a pair of shoes. But the exterior is open to all visitors, so even if you’re on a budget, you shouldn’t miss it.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this remarkable square is one of the busiest places in Macau. A central spot with a wonderful mosaic-like floor, it’s a great reminder of the city’s colonial past. Although, it does seem a bit out of place with its European architecture and a marvelous fountain in the bull’s eye of the square.
As you can imagine, it packs with tourists who hop around fancy stores and restaurants. But it’s also an excellent meeting point, as it gives you access to other attractions in the city.
Hac Sa Beach
Although tourists usually don’t associate Macau with summer holidays, the city boasts a unique spot to enjoy some sunshine. This beach has black sand, which is quite unusual, but it’s also surrounded by a spectacular coastline. If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, you can go there to take a deep breath and have some respite.
Macau is so much more than casinos and luxury shopping malls, although their offerings are among the best in the world. The city is full of history and remarkable spots that will turn your visit into a multi-sensorial experience. It’s great if you have the money to enjoy it, but even if you’re strapped for cash, you can still have a wonderful time!
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