Have Fun In Macau!

Macau is a small and the most densely populated autonomous territory of China whose tourism industry is very remarkable. Although officially, it is part of China, it has its own government, currency and immigration policy. Its official name is Macao Special Administrative Region. The world knows this place as Las Vegas of the East because of its booming gambling industry. In fact world-wide, they earn the largest revenue from gambling. Along with the gambling industry, rose its tourism. Hence, it became a “resort city” and a top destination for gambling tourism. Just a fun fact, this place was previously colonized by the Portuguese Empire. That is why you will see a lot of cultural mix between Chinese and Portuguese from food to places.

Before sharing you the places to go and food to eat in Macau. Some tips might be worth your while. People of Macau speak Cantonese and Portuguese, their currency is Marcanese pataca or MOP, but establishments also accept Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) for 1MOP:1HKD. If you have foreign currency, you can easily exchange for it in MOP or HKD. There are lots of money changers along Senado Square. Establishments mostly accepts cash, but there are also lots who take card transactions. Its best if you visit Macau from October to December, autumn. This is the most comfortable weather without threats of typhoon. You can also go there during January and February but it can be colder during those periods. Going to Macau is easy, they have Macau International Airport where you can book a flight directly, but most people pass by Hong Kong too, to do some tours or take a whole trip separately. Then they go to Macau from the Hong Kong ports by ferry.

Because Macau is small, as much as you can, try to tour the places by walking. In fact, the interesting places are mostly walking distance. On the places to visit, you should check out sights of Macao World Heritage like A-Ma Temple, that exited even before Macao was established. Senado Square a UNESCO Heritage place which is also their urban center for centuries. Until now, they still hold big event here. Around Senado Square are so many establishments, churches, museums and food stalls that you can also check out. I would recommend to try their egg tart, it actually is a Portuguese influenced snack in Macau. You can also visit Ruins of St. Paul’s. it is originally the Church of Mater Dei in the 1600’s but it caught fire in 1835. Try visiting their defense structures like Section of the Old City Walls and Mount Fortress. The walls are early Portuguese tradition which they usually built around port settlements and the fortress is where their canons, barracks, wells and arsenals that held ammunition and supplies lasting for two years. See the diversity in their community, visit the Protestant Cemetery, near Casa Garden. This is the place where prominent personalities back then were buried, and a place where you can also see comprehensive record of the earliest Protestant community in Macau. 

Of course, you are not coming to Macau for only their history. You also need to check out or may be place some in their casinos. They have Four Seasons Hotel, Wynn Macau, Altira Macau, City of Dreams, Galaxy Hotel Cotai, Grand Hyatt and a lot more! All these are hotels you can check in to, with casinos you can play in. For the food, I have mentioned earlier, their Portuguese Egg Tarts, Pork Chop Bun, Dim Sum, Almond Cookies, Steamed Milk Pudding, Meat Jerkies, Street Food Skewers and a lot more! You will find out if you walk around. Just remember, the place where the queue is full, the food is most likely good.

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