Macau is not just a city of gambling. It’s actually a city that has the accumulation of history. Over history, Macau has been a bridge connecting China and West. In this case, you can see lots of symbols of culture exchange in Macau. With that said, and with Macau not being that big, you can knock off most of Macau’s sights in a day, or two at a leisurely pace.
Macau World Heritage Sites
Actually, A-Ma Temple already existed before the city was called Macau. It is said that the Taoist female immortal Mazu, who is known as having the ability to predict good and bad and often helping the businessmen and fisherman at sea to overcome problem and disaster, live here. So Fujian people and the locals build the temple together in this place. And the temple is named by the female immortal, called A-Ma Temple.
Sam Kai Vui Kun (Kuan Tai Temple)
Located at the heart of the city with all western-style architecture around, Sam Kai Vui Kun illustrates the harmonious coexistence of the two cultures. The temple was founded because Macau’s early businessmen like to gather and communicate with each other.
Ruins of St. Paul’s
About 400 years ago, the Portuguese occupied of Macao and brought the Catholic Church here. After several years, the Portuguese built this Gothic church in 1562. Later, the church was destroyed by fire twice. In 1602, St. Paul’s church was rebuilt again and completed in 1637. But, 1835, a fire destroyed the church again and leave us what we see now, Ruins of St. Paul’s.
Possessed of lots of objects of great historical value, The Macau Museum is a historical and cultural museum, demonstrating the changing of the city in past years.
Built in 1626, the Mount Fortress was Macau’s mainly military defence structure. In 1662, the Dutch attempted to invade, but was defeated by the Mount Fortress on the castle.
Hop on Hop Off Bus
A convenient way to take in the sights of Macau is the hop on/hop off bus. The open top bus allows you to hop-off at 15 tourist attractions including Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, Macao Science Centre, Kun Iam Statue, Wynn Casino, Lisboa Casino, New Yaohan Mall, Macau Tower, A-Ma Temple, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Inn Hotel, Rua do Cunha, City of Dreams Casino, Sands Cotai Central Casino, The Venetian Macao, Galaxy Macau.
Meeting and Purchase Point: Unit 1646, arrival hall, the Macao Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
Time: 9:30 am to 4:15 pm Daily (Departure every 45 minutes, duration of each tour 90 minutes)
Macau attractions map
This map features 26 of the top attractions in Macau including beaches and historic sights.