Top 5 Things to Do in Macau

By Viator, November 2013

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Macau, the Las Vegas of the East, is about more than just gambling. While the giant, extravagant casinos certainly deserve a visit, if only to see how different they are from those found on the Strip, you might find some of the island’s other attractions to be much more worthwhile.

1. Visit the Historic Centre

The UNESCO-recognized Historic Centre of Macau contains half a dozen worthwhile points of interest, including the iconic Ruins of the Church of St. Paul’s Cathedral, built in 1580 and twice destroyed by fire. As if to demonstrate just how fused Portuguese and Chinese cultures are in Macau, the fifteenth century Buddhist A-Ma Temple sits nearby. Make sure to stop for some people watching in Senado Square and pay a visit to the still-operating Church of St. Dominic.

2. Walk Around Taipa Village

Nowhere are Macau’s Portuguese colonial roots more evident than in Old Taipa Village, where the narrow pedestrian streets are lined with Portuguese eateries where Portuguese residents sip Portuguese wine and nibble on roasted sardines. If you’re at all interested in colonial architecture, make sure to visit the Taipa Houses Museum, housed within a row of early twentieth century pastel houses.

3. Take in the Views from Macau Tower

Thrill seekers often come to Macau for one reason, to hurl themselves off the Macau Tower. Now a fundamental part of Macau’s skyline, the 1,109-foot (338-meter) structure offers the best views of the city from the 58th floor observation deck, and you don’t have to jump off anything to enjoy them. If you’re feeling adventurous, head up three floors to take on the harnassed SkyWalk or daredevil SkyJump.

4. Climb to Guia Fortress

For a more historic, less adrenaline-pumping view of Macau, make the climb to Guia Fortress. While only 300 feet (91.4 meters) high, it is Macau’s highest point and site of the first Western-style lighthouse in East Asia.

5. See the House of Dancing Water

Located within the City of Dreams casino on the Cotai Strip, House of the Dancing Water is a show produced by Franco Dragone that takes place in a purpose-built theater using a 3.7 million gallon pool. The show, filled with intricate costumes, special effects and record-breaking acrobatic acts, portrays an epic, edgy love story. Make sure to set aside one night to see this show.

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