Top 10 Things to Do in Macau!
Macau Tower is one of the top Macau attractions and a must see Macau experience for everyone visiting Macau. The Macau Tower and entertainment complex fronts onto the Pearl River and the Nam Van Lake development. The tower is only five minutes from the Macau Ferry Terminal and fifteen minutes away from Macau International Airport. The Macau Tower dominates the skyline and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Macau city skyline, Macau hotels, China, the Pearl River and even some islands of Hong Kong on a clear day. There is a convention centre, theatre, exhibition hall, observation decks and one of the highest bungy-jumps in the world. There are several restaurants onsite including the fabulous 360° Cafe revolving buffet restaurant and the 180° Lounge & Grill.
The Macau Grand Prix, one of the Macau highlights, is a week of motorsport fun and excitement in November every year with motor vehicle and motorcycle races held on a city street circuit.
The Venetian Macau is one of the newest casinos in Macau and one of the most popular luxury hotels in Macau. Even if you are not into gambling there is a lot to see and do in this amazing hotel complex.
Casinos are a major Macau tourist attraction. Many Chinese and Hong Kong residents travel to Macau on Friday nights for a weekend of fun and excitement in the many casinos. The most popular Macau Hotels and Casinos are: Wynn Macau, MGM Grand Macau, Venetian Macao, Hotel Lisboa Macau, Hard Rock Hotel Macau and Wynn Hotel Macau.
Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain, located opposite the Headquarters of the Government of Macau, is a spectacular show of cascading water with jets reaching 80 meters high. During the day there are musical performances every 2 hours. At night the show is illuminated by lights and lasers and can be viewed at 20:30-21:00, 21:30-22:00.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is a themed entertainment, shopping, accommodation, convention & exhibition centre located in Macau’s outer harbour which takes just a five minute walk from the Macau Ferry Terminal. The complex houses a casino, theme park, Roman Amphitheatre (venue for outdoor performances and variety shows), convention & exhibition centre, restaurants, bars and the Rocks Hotel which has a stylish Sky Lounge situated on the roof perfect for a relaxing evening drink.
St Paul’s Macau, a well known Macau tourist attraction, is a church built in 1602 next to the Jesuit College of St. Paul’s, the first Western college in Asia where missionaries studied Chinese before serving at the Ming Court in Beijing as astronomers and mathematicians. In 1835, a fire destroyed both the college and the St Paul’s Macau church, leaving only the stone facade and grand staircase which is a unique blend of European Renaissance and Asian architecture. Musical performances are often held on the stairs as a dramatic and natural stage. Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt is within the precincts of the ruins of St. Paul’s Macau. The Museum exhibits religious paintings, statues and sacred objects from Churches in Macau while in the crypt adjacent to the Museum the visitor can observe the relics of martyrs from Japan and Vietnam. Na Tcha Temple is a small temple founded over 400 years ago. It is adjacent to the Ruins of St. Paul’s Macau and both form part of the Historic Centre of Macau but reflect profoundly different cultures.
The Historic Centre of Macau is an urban area within the old city of Macau spanning 8 squares and 22 historic buildings. The centre is the product of cultural exchange between East and West spanning over 400 years and is a World Heritage Site. Senado square, in the heart of the city, is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of coloured stones and is a must see for visitors to Macau. The pavement extends from the ruins of St. Paul’s Macau to the main road and to the church of St. Dominic.
Mount Fortress, built in 1617-26, occupies a hilltop to the east of the ruins of St. Paul’s Macau. It was one of the forts in Macau constructed by the Jesuits as part of a complex which also included the college and church of St. Paul’ s Macau. The canons were used only once, when the Dutch invaded Macau in 1622. This was also the first residence of the governors of Macau. In 1998 the three-level Macau Museum, focusing on the history of Macau, was built into the fortress hill. Monte Fort Corridor is located at the foot of Monte Fort hill and is a convenient way for visitors to reach Monte Fort. The well-located Monte Fort Corridor is ten metres high and is equipped with elevators and links St. Lazarus Church, Monte Fort, and Macao Museum.
Macau Museum has 3 floors of exhibits built into the Mount Fortress hill. A Museum Pass is the best value as it entitles entry, within a period of 5 days to each of the following museums: Grand Prix Museum, Wine Museum, Macau Maritime Museum, Lin Zexu Museum, Museum of Art and Museum of Macau.