Macau - a one-day-trip diamond

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This former Portuguese colony offers a lot to explore - crumbling fortresses, casinos, baroque churches with cobbled backstreets, and much more.

Macau’s exotic history and culture with eight squares and 22 historic buildings is on the World Heritage List, but it is famous for gambling also. So if you want to try your luck, here you will find casinos with no strict dress code. Short pants and sandals will not be a problem.

Macau is 65 km (40 ml) west of Hong Kong and it is a special administrative region of China, and most travelers don’t require a visa to visit. Ferries run throughout all the day, and the crossing takes around an hour. Here you can find schedule and prices.


A bit about the sights
St Pauls RuinsIf you want to explore city, go for it. Start walking down the main street to the baroque Church of St. Dominic, tour the Jesuit Monte Fort, with its Macau Museum. One of the main city attractions are the ruins of the Church of St. Paul. Here was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640, destroyed by fire in 1835. Today, the facade of the Ruins of St. Paul's functions symbolically as an altar to the city.


Senado Square, which is next to the main road, Almeida Ribeiro, contains some of the most quintessentially Portuguese buildings in the city, such as the Leal Senado Building and the Holy House of Mercy. If you go north of the square you will find ruins of Sao Paulo, which we mentioned above.


Mount Fortress, built in conjunction with the Jesuits from 1617 to 1626, was the city's principal military defense structure. The fortress was equipped with cannons, military barracks, wells and an arsenal that held sufficient ammunition and supplies to endure a siege lasting up to two years, according to the Macau Government Official Site. The fortress covers an area of 10,000 square meters, in the shape of a trapezoid. The four corners of the fortress protrude to form bulwarks.

A-Ma Temple


A-Ma Temple consists of the Gate Pavilion, the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence, the Hall of Guanyin, and Zhengjiao Chanlin (a Buddhist pavilion). It is just next to the inner harbor at the bottom of Barra Hill. The temple is over 600 years old and was erected before the Portuguese ever arrived.



The "local" cuisine
African chickenEven though this is a Chinese town and former Portuguese colony that holds a European "touch" in a way, when it comes to food, Macau's most famous specialty is African Chicken, which is chicken baked in coconut and peanut paste, with garlic and chilies. Other foods are mostly a well made blend of Cantonese and Portuguese cuisine, so you can easily find some Portuguese restaurants for instance, and eat something different in European way.



RickshawAs for public transportation, Macau has it well developed. You can pick between buses and taxis that go throughout the city, or you can hop on a rickshaw, which exist there mainly for sightseeing purposes.




So, if given a chance, you should really visit this shiny Chinese gem.

Last modified on Thursday, 05 September 2013 14:15
  • About China



    Language: Chinese
    Currency: Renminbi (yuan) (CNY) Convert
    Capital: Beijing
    Time Zone: UTC+8
    Unit system: metric
    Driving side: right (Hong Kong, Macau - left)
    Electricity: 220V


    Meal, Inexpensive: 3.27$/2.47€
    Meal for 2: 19.61$/14.81€
    Meal at McDonald's: 4.90$/3.70€
    Dom. Beer (0.5L): 1.31$/0.99€
    Imp. Beer (0.33L): 4.08$/3.09€
    Cappuccino: 4.08$/3.09€
    Coke/Pepsi (0.33L): 0.49$/0.37€
    Water (0.33L): 0.33$/0.25€
    Water (1.5L): 0.65$/0.49€
    Public Transport: 0.33$/0.25€
    Taxi Start: 1.72$/1.30€
    Taxi 1km: 0.38$/0.28€


    VISAS:Foreign citizens generally need a visa to visit China's mainland with the exception of visa-free entry according to relevant agreements and regulations. Citizens from most Western countries do not need visas to visit Hong Kong and Macau. Submit your Visa application a month before your planned trip to China.

    For detailed info about Visa requirements click HERE.

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