Macau (also known as Macao) is one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia with its old-world Sino-European architecture and culture existing side by side with the modern and lavish lifestyle – the result of its casinos and tourist industry.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a large (111,500sqm) theme park, with various port ‘towns’ – among them New Orleans, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Cape Town. The area, within walking distance of the ferry terminal, features shops, restaurants, nightlife, an amusement park and amphitheater. The vast assortment of shops at Fisherman’s Wharf rivals any of the world’s shopping capitals. The first large-scale addition to Macau’s shopping scene beyond the casinos, it features over 150 stores and making your way around them all can take some time. Once a peaceful fishing community Fisherman’s Wharf nowadays is anything but, and is on the list of worldwide one-stop entertainment destinations.
The tallest building in Macau is an impressive structure that stands tall as a mark of Macau’s willingness to embrace the modern age. From the highest viewing deck it is possible to see 55km away.If you have the courage to face it then have a go at jumping off the world’s highest bungee jump – you’ll reach up to 200kmph before eventually landing in a specially designed airbag. Besides the view there’s lots of fun to be had such as movies, shopping and theatre. Macau Tower draws visitors for both its internal and external qualities, whether inside enjoying the various realms of entertainment or outside enjoying the contemporary architecture, it is definitely one of Macau’s ‘must-do’s’.
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial House
Sun Yat Sen Memorial House is in mock-Moorish style with wide verandahs and spacious courtyards. Dr. Sun was the first Chinese to practice western medicine in Macau and has been called the ‘Father of Modern China’. The House itself is a three-storey high building with ornate verandahs and spacious courtyards and is typical of its epoch. The House is currently open to the public and it showcases his letters, photos, books, personal belongings and old newspapers accounts of his life and the Chinese republican revolution which finally overthrew the regime of the Qing Dynasty in 1912.
Macau Maritime Museum
One of the most important of the island’s many museums, it tells the story of how Macau has constantly been connected to the sea, which consequently led to its colonisation by the Portuguese and its subsequent rich history. The Maritime Museum is just beside the sea and the A-Ma Temple. Situated in Barra Pagoda Square, it was inaugurated in 1987, and housed in an old mansion, the exhibits were rehoused in a more modern, purpose-built building in 1990 in order to house fresh exhibits. Exhits focus on Portuguese and Chinese maritime themes with videos, models and actual parts of vessels as well as archaeological discoveries which were unearthed in 1993 during reclamation work for Macau Airport.
The most famous and oldest (built in 1488) of Macau’s Chinese temples, this Taoist building was around before the Portuguese colonisation and therefore has a huge historical significance to the island and its initial religious standing prior to the western colonisation. The goddess A-Ma is also where Macau gets its name from. The temple is made up of six main parts, all containing architectural treasures and guarded by stone lions. The temple commemorates the goddess Mazu, who is said to bless the Macau fishermen and is a fascinating insight into local culture and beliefs with classical curling joss sticks and poems engraved into the side of the adjacent cliff.
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