Top ten tourist attractions in Macau
December 14, 2007, 12:00 am TWN
Stroll through Fisherman's Wharf
The newest of Macau's attractions, Fisherman's Wharf is a themed park, divided into different port towns. One can escape to Cape Town, Amsterdam or the Italian Riviera in the same evening. The Dynasty Wharf, for example, replicates the time of the Tang Dynasty, offering tranquil Chinese kiosks and tea parlors.
Watch the Cybernetic Fountain show
On the waterfront, the Cybernetic Fountain offers music performances with laser shows at night on the weekends and holidays. Lit by 288 spotlights, with the tallest water jets reaching 80 meters, the fountain's dramatic displays are stunning and romantic.
Taste true Macanese cuisine
The local cuisine is the first indication of how Western and Chinese cultures have blended into one in Macau. You can taste this one-of-a-kind cuisine, which has its inspirations in Portugal, Indian China and other African countries on Taipa Island's Rua da Cunha (Food Street).
Ride a cable car to a lighthouse
Guia Hill is the highest point in Macau, on which stands the Guia Fort and Lighthouse. You can take a round-trip cable car ride up to the fort and also wander through Flora Garden, which contains an aviary and small zoo.
Enjoy a historic walking tour
You can visit more than twenty historical and architectural sites by walk in downtown Macau, including, the Mandarin's House, St. Joseph's Seminary, the Ruin's of St. Paul's, A-Ma Temple, Na Tcha Temple, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Moorish Barracks, the Cathedral and Mount Fortress, and the Guia Fortress. Enjoy also one of Macau's coffee houses, while eating a traditional egg tart.
Observe nightlife at Macau Tower
Ascend to the observation deck with its breathtaking views, or eat at the 360 Cafe, Macau Tower's revolving restaurant.
Shop 'til you drop at Senado Square
The most popular shopping attraction in Macau is Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, off Senado Square. It features everything from luxury boutiques to traditional Chinese delicacies like dried sharks' fin and abalone. The original artisan section of Macau is on Rua Nossa Senhora do Amparo to Rua da Tercena.
Visit Coloane Island
For sports enthusiast, a visit to Coloane Island is a must. The Macau Golf and Country Club, with its unique view over the Pearl River and the black-sand Hac Sa Beach, is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Asia, open to locals and foreigners.
Enjoy a night at the races
If you love excitement, spend a night at the races. The Canindrome, Asia's only greyhound racing complex, is open in the evening, as is the Macau Jockey Club for horse racing. Another Macau racing attraction is the Grand Prix Museum.
Visit a casino
Macau undoubtedly offers the best gaming centers in Asia. Enjoy a game of baccarat, blackjack, roulette, boule, "big and small," fan-tan and slots. Or take in a cabaret show and cocktails, if you prefer to watch.