Macau may be firmly back in China’s orbit, but the Portuguese influence on this Asian Las Vegas makes it a most unusual Asian destination. It has always been overshadowed by its glitzy near-neighbour Hong Kong – which is precisely why it’s so attractive. Many of Macau’s pleasures are relaxed and laidback, architectural and atmospheric: narrow cobbled alleys, grand baroque churches, balconied colonial mansions, open plazas and Mediterranean-style cafes filled with palm-readers, caged birds and pipe-smokers.
Ruins of the Church of St Paul
The Church of St Paul was built at the turn of the 17th Century ,and whilst little other than the front façade and the steps remain the site is still revered as one of the holiest Christian sites in Asia. Built be Japanese refugees fleeing persecution in their homeland, the Church was destroyed by fire (other than what is remaining) in 1835.
Macau Museum of Sacred Art
Behind the ruins of the Church of St Paul, is the small Museum of Sacred Art. Here you will find the remains of the persecuted Vietnamese and Japanese who were martyred here in the 17th Century.
The most famous hotel casino in Macau, the Casino Lisboa was opened in the 1960’s. Still catering for those trying to win (or lose) their fortune, the Casino Lisboa has seen a number of competitors spring up in recent years.
Built between 1617 and 1626, the Monte Fort only had cause to fire its cannons once during the aborted Dutch invasion of 1622. Inside the grounds of the Fort is the impressive Macau Museum.
Senado Square has been Macao’s heart and soul for centuries. Still used today as the centre for public activity, festivals and celebrations. Mediterranean in style, Senado square is a strong example of the multicultural heritage that Macau enjoys.
Sun Yat-Sen Park
In the North of Macau, Sun Yat-Sen Park borders the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The park has flower gardens and ponds and is used by the community for sports games and relaxation.
World famous from the Casino Lisboa to the MGM Grand, Casino’s have been one of Macau’s claims to fame for 40 years. The Las Vegas style strip offers the chance to win (or lose) your fortune.