An administrative region of China — Macau— can be reached by riding a ferry, an hour away from Hong Kong. The Portuguese colonial masters’ influences who formerly colonized Macau has been successful creating into its Chinese heritage. This can be seen in its buildings, food, and tradition. The presence of casinos and high-end shopping centers in such a small peninsula has earned Macau the nickname ‘Las Vegas of Asia.
Macau offers more than being recognized as the gambling capital of Asia. Here are some things to do in this part of China.
The Ruins of St. Paul
Daytime tour is common for tourists and it’s what they prefer when visiting the Ruins of St. Paul. It is highly recommended to check and visit the place during night time. The front façade of the church and grand stone stairs have a different grandiose appeal when the sun starts to set down and the city lights are all lit that brightens the area. There is one drawback though when your tour includes the nearby Monte Fort and Macau Museum to visit. These museums are open to the public until 6:00 p.m. only.
Senado Square from Leal Senado Building
If you have ample time to come back to the Ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square, make sure to check out the Leal Senado building located at the opposite of the square. An amazing view of Senado Square can be glimpse together with the neighboring buildings. The best place to witness the view is at the windows on the second floor. Another worthy place to visit is the courtyard garden and the ceremonial meeting room that leads to the direction of a complex library.
The Old Taipa Village
Right before the huge hotels and casinos started sprouting like mushrooms in Macau, Taipa Island contains narrow lanes and alleys and painted colonial houses. The Old Taipa Village is the home of colonial houses and is one of the two classic ‘villages’ that still survives in the peninsula.
This worthy tourist attraction also houses the Rua Do Cunha, Our Lady of Carmel Church, Taipa Houses Museum, and Carmel Garden and is located near The Venetian Macao.
Portuguese Egg Tart
The famous Portuguese tart has a creamy egg custard filling and flaky outer shell. The egg tart can be bought in any pastry store in Macau and can even be enjoyed while strolling around the city. One piece of this yummy tart isn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.