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Things to do in Macau SAR

Things to do in  Macau SAR

Welcome to Macau SAR

Macau is often called the Las Vegas of China, but a visit to the city across the bay from Hong Kong reveals much more than slot machines and blackjack tables. A Portuguese colony for more than three centuries that only became a part of China again in 1999, Macau is a fascinating blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures. Tours down narrow streets inlaid with intricate Portuguese tiles lead to fascinating Chinese temples such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed shrine to A-Ma. Other historic highlights include the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul and the Fortaleza do Monte, part of the UNESCO-listed Macau old city center. Further down the Macau peninsula, you can tour the islands of Taipa, Coloane, and Cotai, each with their own charms, including spectacular fresh seafood restaurants and bakeries serving addictive Portuguese nata (custard tarts). Other popular attractions reveal the city’s modern side, including Macau Tower with its thrilling sky walk and bungee jump. And of course, gambling and thrill-seeking are both on the menu in Macau; if you are indeed in search of the Vegas of Asia, you’ve come to the right place for gambling, over-the-top shows, and indulgent meals featuring an delicious combination of Chinese and Portuguese cuisine.

Top 10 attractions in Macau SAR

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Macao's Historic Centre

Macao's Historic Centre

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Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Macao's Historic Centre includes more than 20 historic and culturally significant sights. From churches and temples to forts and squares, Macao's Historic Centre reflects the area’s rich cultural legacy and its unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences.More
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Macau Tower

Macau Tower

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Reaching a neck-pinching height of 1,109 feet (338 meters), Macau Tower dominates Macau’s skyline and offers sweeping views of the peninsula for over one million visitors per year. Visitors without a fear of heights can rapidly ascend the high-speed, glass-fronted elevator to the tower observation decks on the 58th and 61st floors.More
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Ruins of St. Paul

Ruins of St. Paul

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One of the most famous landmarks in Macau, the Ruins of St. Paul is all that’s left of a church that was built in 1602 and was destroyed by fire in 1835. All that remains are the iconic stone façade and the grand staircase leading up to it. The ruins form part of the Historic Center of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

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One of the oldest temples in Macau, A-Ma temple was built in 1488 and commemorates A-Ma, goddess of the sea (also known as Mazu and Tin Hau). Featuring multiple prayer pavilions set on different levels of a hill overlooking the Inner Harbour, A-Ma Temple forms part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Macau Islands

Macau Islands

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Historically, Macau was home to two small islands that sat just offshore of the mainland: Coloane and Taipa. Following recent land-reclamation efforts, however, a third island, Cotai, has filled in the gap. Each of the three areas, now merged into one island, retains its own identity, offering distinct experiences for travelers.More
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St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de Sao Domingos)

St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de Sao Domingos)

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It’s hard to miss St. Dominic's Church (Igreja de São Domingos), with its pastel yellow façade. The church was established by three Dominican priests in 1587, though the current building dates from the 17th century. A popular attraction with a colorful past, the church forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Macau.More
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Macao Museum

Macao Museum

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Set within the compound of the old Monte Fort, the Macao Museum chronicles the history of this region and its blend of European and Asian cultures. Exhibits cover the territory’s history, the relationship between China and Portugal, Macanese religion, folk customs, architecture, and urban development.More
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Monte Fort (Fortaleza do Monte)

Monte Fort (Fortaleza do Monte)

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Built by the Jesuits to repel an attack from the sea, the Monte Fort (Fortaleza de Monte) is the oldest military fortification on the Macau peninsula. Though cannons were readied and defense preparations made, the only military action the Monte Fort ever saw was during an unsuccessful raid by the Dutch in 1622.More
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Casino Lisboa

Casino Lisboa

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When the Casino Lisboa first opened in 1970 it set the stage for the gambling legacy that continues to power Macau’s economy to this day. Macau’s original casino, designed to resemble a towering lotus leaf, is home to a hotel, four gaming floors, shopping arcade, restaurants, a swimming pool, and a Parisian-style cabaret show.More
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Guia Fortress

Guia Fortress

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Built in the 17th century as a fortification against foreign aggression, Guia Fortress is located at the highest point on the Macau Peninsula, the 300-foot (91-meter) Guia Hill. Guia Fortress also includes a lighthouse and a chapel. It offers panoramic views of Macau, and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Macau Historic Centre.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Macau SAR

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Cisco was an excellent guide...
isabellevb1, Jan 2018
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
This tour gave us an excellent first impression into Macau's attractions, both historical and modern worldi.
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Iadventure cards were awesome!! We...
Margaret S, Jan 2018
Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass
There were a few attractions down for maintenance and the show in Macau was not available, but overall the savings were great!!
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This was an amazing tour hosted by...
JOHN H, Oct 2017
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
If you want to see the real Macau -- beyond the glitz and glamour of the casinos -- I highly recommend this tour.
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Valuable cost saving when compared...
Dave B, Feb 2013
Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass
Also recommend the Macau Attractions Pass.
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A more time-efficient way of seeing...
Ada G, Oct 2016
Macau Sightseeing tour including Buffet Lunch on Macau Tower and pickup in Macau
There was not enough time to visit both the Macau Fortress and the Macau Museum within the fortress -- one had to choose between one or the other.
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Our tour guide, Cisco, was the best...
TheExecHomeDir, May 2016
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
He gave many useful info about Macau and its top attractions.
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Great tour. Our tour guide, Cisco...
Gail R, Jun 2014
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
Good to see there is more to Macau than gambling!
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We decided to book our tour the day...
Bing, Jun 2016
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
The whole tour was amazing as we were able to discover Macau's culture, history, some must see places and must activities/experiences.
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Great tour! Francisco was a great...
Lance, Jan 2016
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
This was an English tour but you had a mix of different nationalities.

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When to visit

Lunar New Year is undoubtedly the most colorful and chaotic time to visit Macau, with fireworks, dancing dragon parades, and cultural performances in abundance. But, even outside of the festive period, winter remains the best time to visit, thanks to its moderate weather conditions.

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