Macau has the reputation of being the Las Vegas of Asia. Indeed, this Chinese territory measuring only around 30 square kilometers is no different from its western counterpart. Although, its gaming industry revenue is now three times more. Hence, its rightful claim to the title of gambling capital of the world to date.
Indeed, tourists to this amazing place are in awe of its casino complexes and massive themed hotels. But beyond the glitz and lights of the gambling city, Macau remains home to a variety of landmark attractions. Its cultural heritage and fusion style cuisine are more reasons to visit this destination. Last but not the least, duty-free shopping can also make your trip more enjoyable.
Among the hotels and casinos of Macau, the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino Complex is a popular tourist landmark. Measuring 258 meters, it is the tallest building on the territory. Unique to this establishment is the presence of five floors dedicated to gaming.
The Venetian Hotel and casino is another massive complex measuring 980,000 square meters. The key crowd-puller for this site is its Gondola Ride going around its manmade canal. Imagine taking a romantic ride as the boatman serenades you amid the backdrop of an Italian-themed environment.
However, if the casino scene is not your style rest assured Macau offers a range of alternative attractions to tickle your fancy. Did you know the city is home to a couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? These historic attractions of Macau are the A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The latter is an Instagram worthy location no social media enthusiast can pass up.
In the heart of the city lies the famous Senado Square. Despite its name, it is interesting to note the attraction has more of a triangular shape. Moreover, its atmosphere evokes images of the Mediterranean because of the neo-classical buildings in pastel colors all over the urban center. Then again, the occasional dragon and lion dances performed in the square at certain times of the year are a quick reminder of where you are.
Are you afraid of heights? If not, then make it a point to visit the Macau Tower. Adrenaline junkies who want a serious rush can go for an outdoor Skywalk around its level 61 Adventure deck. For the truly adventurous, the option to go on a Bungy Jump is available. Are you up for it?
However, those who have a weaker constitution can still enjoy the 360-degree view of Macau at the Observation Lounge on level 58. Imagine sipping coffee or eating ice cream from up above. Now, it might be an experience worth setting your acrophobia aside.
Macau cuisine is another reason why tourists flock to this Chinese territory. The food is a masterful blend of Chinese, Portuguese and Southeast Asian cuisines. The additional influences from Europe, Africa and Latin America make it even more special. Hence, it is certain to satisfy even the most discerning palate. While in Macau, be sure to taste their most famous dessert – the Portuguese egg tart. Like the varied attractions throughout the city, no trip to Macau would be complete unless you take a bite of this iconic pastry.
The seamless union of old and new in Macau makes it a haven for any tourist, even if you do not have a fondness for gambling.
People & Culture
Macau's interesting culture is a fascinating cross between the East and the West. Macau is a blend of the cultures of the Chinese, the Portuguese and the Macanese. This booming "Vegas of China" may look daunting and hard to navigate but remembering basic etiquette while in Macau can get you through. Here are some important points on people and culture in Macau to take note of.
The Historic Center of Macau embodies the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures. The local life styles often clearly depict the unique culture in Macau. Whenever there are festivals - whether that of the Chinese or of the Westerners - festivities are always in order.
Chinese residents staying in Macau still observe traditional Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and Pure Brightness Festival. During the Spring Festival, devoted patrons gather in the Temple of Mazu to thank the deity for providing joy and luck to their lives. Christian festivals like the parade of Jesus' statue are also heavily celebrated in Macau. These festivals stand as a symbol of the diversity that is ever so present in Macau.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, there's no wonder why people from Macau are friendly to foreign tourists. However, most of them are really modest and shy. Though a very Western city, English is only spoken by a few locals and most people here break the language barrier by communicating in small friendly gestures and signs. They often welcome visitors with a light handshake.
In Macau, everyone's gorgeous - locals address random people with "handsome boy" and "pretty girl." It's one of their ways to break the ice.
Saying "thank you" in Macau can be done in two ways - "mm goi sai" and "do tze sai." It's important to know when to use these two phrases. "Mm goi sai" is used during informal settings - usually when you get your change or when the server hands you your food. "Do tze sai" is intended to express deeper gratitude - usually used after receiving a present.
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