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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 15 attractions in Macau SAR

Ruins of St. Paul

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

A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

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

Guia Fortress

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

Casino Lisboa

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

Macau Tower

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

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

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

Macao's Historic Centre

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

Macao Science Center (Centro de Ciencia de Macau)

Housed in a silver cone-shaped building designed by architect I.M. Pei, the Macao Science Center (Centro de Ciencia de Macau)is a science-themed museum and learning center. With exhibitions, films, live demonstrations, and interactive experiences across different science and technology themes, the museum offers a fun learning environment for the whole family.More

Macao Museum

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

Maritime Museum

Macau’s heritage has long been linked with the sea, and the Maritime Museum celebrates the connection while tracing the nautical histories of Portugal, China, and Macau. Fittingly enough, Macau’s oldest museum opened in 1987 near the spot believed to be where the first Portuguese traders came ashore.More

Luis de Camoes Garden and Grotto

Situated on a forested hillside in the old part of town, Luis de Camões Garden and Grotto is a welcome oasis of calm in one of the most densely populated places in the world. Dedicated to the Portuguese poet and naval veteran Luis de Camões, this is the largest park in the city of Macau.More
Artists performing at the House of Dancing Water in Macau

The House of Dancing Water

It’s no surprise that the House of the Dancing Water was introduced to Macau by former Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone. Macau’s most spectacular show, staged at City of Dreams, features stunts, acrobatics, and elaborate choreography in a theater that uses as much water as five Olympic-sized swimming pools.More
Kids' City

Kids' City

Macau isn’t the most family-friendly destination, but Kids’ City inside the City of Dreams is designed for young visitors. This 17,000-square-foot (1,579-square-meter) indoor play park features slides, rope bridges, inflatable bounce castles, and ball pits, as well as crafting stations, a dress-up area, and an arcade.More
Warner Bros. Fun Zone at Studio City Macau

Warner Bros. Fun Zone at Studio City Macau

A 32,000-square-foot (2,973-square-meter) indoor children’s amusement area, Warner Bros. Fun Zone at Studio City Macau is located inside the Studio City casino-and-resort complex. Attractions include a climbing wall, a shooting ride, a raceway, and an arcade center. The Tom & Jerry Picnic Playground caters to toddlers.More
Lou Lim Ieoc Garden

Lou Lim Ieoc Garden

Macau’s only Suzhou-style Chinese garden, Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, often attracts locals who come to practice tai chi or play music in what was once the largest private garden in the city. Today the space is a 4.4-acre (1.8-hectare) public park, featuring traditional elements like ponds, bridges, rockeries, pavilions, and pagodas.More

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Top Historical Sights in Macau

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How to Spend 2 Days in Macau

How to Spend 2 Days in Macau

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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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A local’s pocket guide to Macau SAR

Jake L.

Jake is a long-time China resident who would escape to Macau on the weekends to enjoy the city’s history, culture, and entertainment.

The first thing you should do in Macau is...

make a beeline for the casinos. Baccarat is the game in this town, but the cheapest hand of blackjack (HK$100 or US$13) can be found at the Pharaoh Hotel’s Casino.

A perfect Saturday in Macau...

includes brunch at Cafe Namping (try their fresh egg tarts). Then visit the surrounding neighborhood, the Macau Museum, and dine at Fernandos on Black Sand Beach.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Ruins of St. Pauls, the facade of a 17th-century cathedral destroyed by a fire. It’s packed with people, but is very impressive and includes a great underground museum of religious artifacts.

To discover the "real" Macau...

wander some of the residential areas. Visit the Master’s Hotel (“wan shi fa jiu dian”) and explore the nearby alleyways. You’ll find interesting tea shops, trinket stores, and local cafés that haven’t changed since the 50s.

For the best view of the city...

check out the Fortaleza de Monte, a 17th-century military fortress built to protect the property of the Jesuits from pirates. It’s surrounded by parkland, and gives a great view of the island of Macau.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Macau is only casinos. Though small, Macau has some great history, excellent museums, and fantastic ancient temples hidden deep in winding alleyways.

People Also Ask

Is Macau worth visiting?

Yes. Although small in size, Macau offers many attractions and activities. It’s a major gambling and leisure destination with several massive casino and entertainment complexes. There are also historic sites, including its UNESCO-listed historic city center, colonial forts, ancient temples and gardens, interesting and diverse museums, beaches, islands, and charming seaside villages.

What is Macau best known for?

Macau is best known for gambling, which was legalized in the former Portuguese colony in 1847. Today, it’s home to more than 40 casinos and six major operators, including massive complexes like the Venetian, Sands, and MGM. Considered the Vegas of China (or the Vegas of Asia), Macau’s gambling revenues actually exceed that of Las Vegas.

How many days do you need for Macau?

Macau is quite compact, and you can actually see many of its highlights—such as Senado Square and the historic center, A-Ma Temple, Taipa or Coloane Village, and the casinos of Cotai Strip—in just one full day and night. There is enough to see and do to warrant another day or two.

What do people do in Macau?

There are many activities available in Macau. The casinos offer gambling, live shows and performances, shopping, and dining. Other popular activities include bungee jumping at Macau Tower, visiting historical sites and museums, seeing pandas at an ecological park, hiking, spending time on the beach, and visiting seaside villages.

Is Macau like Las Vegas?

There are some similarities. Both cities are known for gambling, though Las Vegas offers a greater number of casinos and hotels, and Macau generates more gambling revenue. Las Vegas gets more visitors overall, but Macau sees more gambling visitors. Although Macau is geographically smaller than Las Vegas, the two destinations have similar population sizes. Both also offer other attractions besides gambling.

Is Macau a part of China?

Macau is a special administrative region of China. It was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century until 1999. Under the “one country, two systems” doctrine (which applies to both Macau and Hong Kong), Macau will enjoy limited autonomy, including having its own passport, money, and legal system, for a period of 50 years from 1999.


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