Macau takes its gambling seriously, almost as serious as its tourism as it has many attractions and serves great hospitality on all levels. Don’t let the casinos fool you, there are heaps more to see and do. Here’s what an entire day in Macau looks like:
Historic Centre of Macau
Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, just like Hong Kong. It is officially part of China, but it functions as its own country with its own currency, economy, immigration, and legal system. It’s information like this (and more) that will intrigue you about Macau’s story.
Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, the Historic Centre is a collection of over 20 locations that embodies the two unique cultures, the East and West. It is a testimony of how the country fosters both sides of the spectrum, bearing witness to one of the earliest and longest encounters between both worlds.
Explore an ancient lighthouse and tower, temples, and cultural buildings to give you an insight into how far Macau has come in development. There is a captivating atmosphere that almost transports you back in time. From the colonial buildings, sidewalk hawker stalls, and luxury hotels were all assembled in one place.
Macau Fisherman Wharf
Opened in late 2006, Fisherman Wharf is the equivalent of seaports in Capetown and Amsterdam. It offers an array of cafes, restaurants, retail shops, to keep you busy for hours. It’s located near the ferry pier, so you’ll hear soft wave crashes which adds to the vibrant environment.
More than a stunning view, this entertainment hub also comes with its own theme park. A word of caution, this isn’t your ordinary theme park. Many tourists have reported that it is quite empty due to its politically stirring nature. It features a US-Arabia-clash-themed paintball zone, camel carousel and a magic carpet ride. There are paintings of Osama Bin Laden, Sadam Hussein, and Jesus Christ was thrown into the mix as well. It is aptly described as a 50s B grade movie that’s so bad that it’s okay.
Admittedly, we wouldn’t create a list without a casino. The Venetian is one of the world’s largest casinos. It is located on Macau’s bustling Cotai Strip and modelled after breath-taking Venice. You can feel the romance once you set foot from The Venetian entrance.
This 40-story, $2.4 billion luxury casino cum hotel cum casino is owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. It is the largest building in Asia and fifth-largest building in the world by area at a whopping 10.5 million square feet (980,000 square meters). Officially opened on August 28, 2007, the casino welcomed its 8 millionth customer in just 133 days after launch!
There probably isn’t another place with as many luxury labels, not in Asia, that is. The casino features an indoor mall that will keep you busy if you aren’t set on gambling for the day. Many customers form a beeline for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Tiffany there. You might want to pack that platinum card with you if you’re up for some retail therapy. Otherwise, the window shopping experience is world-class as well.
Sun Yat-Sen Park
Time for some fun in the sun, located in the north of Macau Peninsula is Sun Yat-Sen Park. It is one of 43 Sun Yat-Sen parks in the world. It is divided into two main sections with two distinct styles. The northeast section has a classical Chinese garden with artificial lakes, an arched bridge, pavilions, and towers. Opposite, it lies the southwestern part that portrays a European style with athletic facilities and greenhouse gardens. There is also a children’s playground in the middle of the park.
Sun Yat-Sen has a strong symbolism message. It speaks of the friendship forged between China and Portugal, depicted by a massive steel statue of two individuals shaking hands. This park also offers a reading experience for adults and children with the Huang Junying public library within the vicinity.
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