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Sights of Macau - what to visit first?

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For over 400 years, Macau was in the status of a Portuguese colony, and only in 1999 was returned to China. This fact left its mark on the lifestyle and architecture of the coastal region. Until now, European and Asian languages, religions and cultural traditions coexist very harmoniously here. And the monuments of Christian culture are adjacent to the ancient Chinese temples. The entire historical center of Macau - living evidence of the integration of East and West - is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Another feature of Macau is the presence of a large number of nightclubs, gambling houses, luxurious casinos and ultra-modern entertainment venues. To date, the city has already won the championship from American Las Vegas, striking its visitors with its Asian scale and dazzling luxury.

What to see and where to go to Macau?

The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.

1. Senado Square

The heart of historic Macau. From here begins any journey around the city. The main objects are fountains, benches and green alleys, cafes and shops, black and white paving stones with a wave-like pattern. As well as magnificent buildings of the colonial era, demonstrating the multicultural spirit of Macau. Among the most famous are the Church of St. Dominic, the House of Mercy, the former Senate, the Chinese Temple, the Church of Our Lady and others. National holidays, fairs, festivals are held on the square.

2. The ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral

The remains of the once majestic, largest in Asia, Catholic temple - the main symbol of Macau. The flow of tourists does not dry up for him. It is under the protection of UNESCO. All that remains of it after the fire of 1835 is a lonely wall, or rather a facade with sculptural compositions, to which a monumental staircase leads. At the site of the former altar is an underground chapel with the surviving relics of Christian martyrs. A museum of sacred art is open nearby.

3. Koloan Village

A small colorful village in the south of the island of Koloan, preserving the charm of the past. The center of the village occupies Eduard Marches Square, paved with multi-colored stones in the form of waves. The main attraction of these places is the chapel of Francis Xavier. Among other interesting objects - 7 Chinese ancient temples, an old library, a Buddhist cemetery on the side of a mountain, a promenade, many shops, restaurants and coffee houses, excellent beaches.

4. Pavilion of giant pandas

Located in a park called Seac Pai Van. It covers an area of ​​3000 m 2. All buildings of the pavilion organically fit into the natural landscape. There are indoor pandas for cages, feed preparation rooms, a veterinarian, and a large courtyard. For visitors laid two paths. Given that pandas like to sleep, it is better to come to the pavilion in the morning. In the park there are enclosures with other animals, a souvenir shop, cafe, information center.

5. Macau Tower

Opened in 2001. It has a height of 338 meters and 61 floors. It is a huge complex consisting of shops, restaurants, cafes, exhibition centers, a cinema. The observation deck is located at an altitude of 233 meters, consists of two levels, has a glass, moving floor. The tower is listed in the Guinness Book as the highest bungee jumping ground. Also extreme sports enthusiasts are invited to climb the spire of a skyscraper and climb external walls.

6. Fort Guia

Defensive fortress of the beginning of the XVII century. It rises on the hill of Guia - the highest point of the peninsula. Simultaneously with the fort, a chapel was built, which is famous for its frescoes. Its design was done by the monks of the Order of St. Clara. In 1864, a 15-meter-long European-style lighthouse was built nearby - the first on the Chinese coast. At its top, an observation deck is equipped. The Maritime Museum is open in the fortress. You can climb the hill by cable car.

7. Fort Monte

It was built at the beginning of the XVII century to protect against attacks from the sea. It was built by the Portuguese authorities with the support of the Jesuit Order. Located on top of a hill, has a quadrangular shape. All corners are covered by bastions. The walls facing the sea are equipped with loopholes with ancient guns and towers. Inside the fort, the premises of warehouses, soldiers' barracks, and the arsenal have been preserved. Between them is a square. The observation deck is equipped. Nearby is a museum.

8. Macau Museum

It was opened in 1998 on the territory of Fort Monte, in a 17th-century building that belonged to a weather station. The expositions are located on 3 levels - two underground and one aboveground. They are dedicated to the history of Macau, the Portuguese influence on the development of the region, traditions, crafts and everyday life of local residents, as well as the features of modern urban life. Among the exhibits are an ancient printing press and roulette, ancient cards, famous Chinese shadow dolls, sculptures, etc.

9. "House of Mandarin"

City estate owned by the family of Chinese official Zheng Guanyin. It was built in 1869. It covers an area of ​​4000 m 2. Built in Chinese traditions, but using elements of Western cultures. Consists of several residential premises surrounded by a fence. Outside, the residence is decorated with round doors and arches, lattice windows, wall ornaments. Inside, furniture, books, and decor items have been preserved. Since 2001, a museum has been opened here. Free admission.

10. Macau Science Center

Opening date - 2009. It is a futuristic cone-shaped building, inside which there are no floors, and all the galleries are arranged in a spiral. Each of them is devoted to a separate topic - planet Earth and natural phenomena, various technologies, robotics, cooking, scientists and discoveries, etc. The building has a panoramic gallery with excellent views of the sea and surroundings. A planetarium was built nearby, in which films in 3D format are shown on a 15-meter screen.

11. Taipa House Museums

Five villas of beautiful jade color, owned by members of the Portuguese administration, respected people of the city. Built in the early 20s of the last century. The interior shows a combination of Chinese and Portuguese styles. Today, the houses are reconstructed and turned into exhibition halls, where collections of ceramics, sculptures, national costumes, photographs, household items, paintings are presented. One of the houses is intended for receptions, banquets, cultural events.

12. Grand Prix Museum

Dedicated to Formula 3 class car racing. The first tournament was held in Macau in 1954. Since then, competitions have been held annually in the month of November. The museum opened in 1993. The initiator of its creation was a local entrepreneur who participated in the race - Teddy Yipp. The museum presents automobiles and motorcycles of renowned pilots, a mock race track, photos of champions, cups, videos from competitions of different years. Admission is free for all comers.

13. Maritime Museum

The museum building in the form of a white sailboat was built on the very spot where the Portuguese landed in 1553 - on Bar Hill. Accepts visitors since 1990. Contains 4 expositions on the history of the maritime affairs of Portugal, China and Macau. Here you can learn about the life and life of local fishermen, the discoveries of the Portuguese pioneers, the history of trade relations, and modern shipping. Models of fishing gear, ships, junior boats, fishing vessels, etc. are presented.

14. Macau Museum of Art

The modern museum building covers an area of ​​10 thousand m2, has 5 floors and consists of 7 exhibition galleries. They contain valuable collections of Chinese painting, calligraphy and ceramics, historical paintings, European engravings of local landscapes, and contemporary art. It also hosts temporary exhibitions of artwork by Chinese and foreign authors. The building has an auditorium with 100 seats, a library, various workshops.

15. A-Ma Temple

Built in the XIV century in honor of the patroness of sailors and fishermen - the goddess A-Ma. Located on a hillside. It is made in the Chinese style with small towers, the roofs of which are upturned up. Consists of several pavilions and prayer rooms. The square in front of the temple is paved with colorful cobblestones brought from Portugal. They form a pattern resembling waves. In the temple, services are held today, the cult of the sea goddess A-Ma is worshiped.

16. Church of St. Dominic

It was built at the end of the 16th century by Spanish monks. The main material was wood. Later, in 1828, it was reconstructed from stone. It is made in the Baroque style using European and local design features. The interior is richly decorated with paintings, carvings, mirrors, sculptures. The bell tower is famous for the oldest bronze bells in the city. A museum has been opened here, where about 300 unique artifacts and works of religious art are stored.

17. Macau Cathedral

It was built at the beginning of the XVII century. Subsequently, it was repeatedly reconstructed, the last time - in 1937, when the building was rebuilt from concrete. The facade is decorated with Shanghai stucco, which gives the cathedral a monolithic, austere and slightly ascetic look, complemented by pilasters and two symmetrical towers. Before the transfer of Macao to China, it was here that one of the main symbols of power was stored - the scepter. The temple is now operational. Nearby is the bishop's house.

18. The Catholic Chapel of Our Lady of Pena

Rises above the sea on a small hill Peña. Established - 1622 It was erected by the Order of the Augustinians for sailors. Made in the Romanesque style with elements of Gothic. It was rebuilt many times, a bell tower with an original weather vane, a staircase, an arcade were added. In the courtyard are two sculptures of Our Lady. There is a garden with fountains, a recreation area, a playground. A popular venue for wedding photo shoots.

19. Church of St. Lawrence

Originally built by the Jesuits in the middle of the XVI century from wood. It acquired a modern look in 1846. It has the shape of a Latin cross. On the sides are two chapels. It is made in the neoclassical style with decorative baroque elements. The windows are decorated with stained glass windows with scenes from the life of saints. It is currently the main church of one of the parishes of Macau. In the garden near the temple, a series of voluminous drawings on the theme of biblical subjects is exhibited.

20. Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

Appeared in 1928 on the southern coast of the island of Coloan, near the monument in honor of the victory of the Portuguese over the pirates in 1910. Used to store especially revered Christian relics. Among them are fragments of the bones of Francis Xavier. As well as the remains of Catholic priests crucified in Nagasaki in 1597, and Japanese Christians who died in 1637 during the Shimabar rebellion. At the end of the 20th century, relics were moved to the museum and other temples.

21. The Venetian

A whole city block under one roof - a hotel, 350 shops, a cinema and concert hall with 15,000 seats, 30 world-class restaurants, a conference hall, a gaming venue with 850 tables and 4,000 slot machines. Under the "Venetian sky" painted by Italian artists, fountains, statues, squares, bridges and real canals are constructed through which gondolas glide. In the role of gondoliers are the best opera singers. It is the largest building in Asia and the second largest in the world.

22. Grand Lisboa

After the restoration in 2007, the oldest casino in Macau has acquired a new modern look. Made in the shape of a lotus flower. It shines with gold during the day; at night it shimmers with bright lights and spotlights. The interior is created in the Chinese style, luxuriously decorated, a lot of ivory and gold jewelry. The building has 57 floors, game rooms are on the upper levels. There are separate rooms for experienced players. The casino houses one of the largest diamonds in the world - 218.08 carats.

23. Galaxy Macau

A grand entertainment complex, one of the largest in the world. It includes 3 hotels, more than 50 bars and restaurants, 6 swimming pools, a beach, tropical gardens, a games room with 600 tables, etc. It is famous for its huge rooftop pool, where artificial waves are created and even windsurfing competitions are held. Another attraction of the complex is the Diamond Fountain. Every evening, a huge diamond rises from it, accompanied by music and visual effects.

24. City of Dreams

The City of Dreams, shining with lights, includes 3 hotels, fashion boutiques, one of the most famous night clubs in the vastness of Asia - Cubic, a two-level casino with 450 gaming tables, about 20 restaurants and bars. And City of Dreams is widely famous for two theaters - “The Bubble” and “Dancing Water Theater”. Their performances are bright water shows with magnificent sound and light special effects. The entertainment complex was built in 2009. Located in the Kotay area.

25. “House of dancing water”

An enchanting show program for which an auditorium with 2000 seats was built with an unusual stage that turns into a huge pool. The most impressive sight in the world, the value of which exceeded $ 250 million. The performance involved 80 acrobats, 30 divers, 150 technicians. Colorful production based on European and Chinese subjects is filled with acrobatic and underwater numbers, vivid dances, stunts on motorcycles, special effects and animated graphics.

Ruins of St. Paul's Church

This remnant of a once magnificent building is Macau's visiting card and what you must see without fail. In the first half of the 19th century, the temple was destroyed by fire, only its facade and foundation survived. Every year, the place attracts thousands of travelers who want to look at the unique rear, while combining the traditional European Baroque style and elements of oriental culture. In the former church cellar, a museum exposition dedicated to the religious movement is open. St. Paul's Cathedral has been officially added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Also, this area is especially popular among city guests, due to the large number of souvenir shops and shops, as well as cafes with local delicacies. Turning off the main road, you can find yourself in the colorful old streets and go to the main square along them.

Old city

This is the name of the area on the map of Macau around Senad Square. The attraction is represented by numerous buildings, which are an unusual combination of old Asian quarters and European style. Roads are laid out by us, the cobblestones of light and dark tones, fancifully wrapped in a variety of patterns. The same applies to the gastronomic situation - all the streets dotted with various cafes, both of European orientation and Chinese eateries. Shops where they bake Chinese cookies attract a pleasant aroma, tents are set right on the road, where they prepare tasty and cheap street food. This place is striking in its contrast. It is especially beautiful on the eve of the Chinese New Year, when everything is decorated with colorful lanterns and tangerines.

Views of Macau from the water

An indescribable view opens up from the water over the city - majestic skyscrapers, amid green mountains and a blue sky, will not leave indifferent even an experienced tourist. Numerous pleasure boats and ferries can take you around the coast for hours and every minute Macau will open to you from a new angle. For those who want to see the city from above - observation platforms on the roofs of most major hotels work.

Even if you are not a gambler - in the capital of the gambling business of China you will have something to see and enjoy. This is not Las Vegas, but it is several times larger than Monte Carlo. You can’t take pictures, but walking through luxurious interiors and spending your first dollar is a must. Each casino - not just a gambling house - but a large-scale entertainment center, a tourist attraction, with shopping areas, cafes, restaurants, fountains and hotels.

Interesting to know! A specialized bus will deliver you to each establishment - all of them have colored thematic images with names.

The biggest is the casino-fake of Italian Venice, which will be discussed in more detail below. Opposite is the Galaxy - not so impressive in appearance, but original in interior - it hosts stunning water-light shows. It’s hard not to stop here for lunch - local cafes offer Chinese, Korean, Italian and other world cuisines. Grand Lisboa Casino is unusual on the outside, but quite standard on the inside, filled with various gaming areas and places for shopping. There is even one where you can visit fake Europe - the quarters of European settlements are skillfully reconstructed there. With him, exhibitions of contemporary art are constantly held, perhaps you are lucky enough to get to one of them.

Each similar institution is original in its own way. Marketers come up with visitors who leave millions of dollars daily in its walls, more and more shows, technological effects, impressive scenery, architectural masterpieces and much more that will make the tourist stay here as long as possible and spend as much of the budget as possible.

The huge complex is a successful fake of Venice and the largest casino in the world. This attraction is often found in the photo of Macau and therefore deserves special attention. It seems that the canals, gondolas from solid mahogany together and the gondoliers were written directly from Italy. You will be rolled to the sounds of Italian opera without a drop of accent. In stores, products of almost all world brands are presented, more than 30 cafes for every taste are located on the territory, 4,000 vending machines and the same number of seats at gaming tables are presented. The interior decoration is unique and luxurious - interestingly decorated facades, old windows, cozy balconies, millions of lights, fountains, arches, columns, shiny tiles and amazing decorations simply shock you. Even the richest Asian palaces cannot boast of such striking grandeur and original interior.

Taipa Island

When the motley signs and royal buildings, which are Chinese fakes, are already bored, and you are tired of thousands of moving visitors and noisy Chinese - go to about. Taipa, with mainland Macau it is connected by several bridges, so it is not difficult to get there by bus. Visit the museum of buildings, the panda zoo, the flea market and pretty designer shops where you can buy souvenirs home. Almost the entire island is equipped with horizontal escalators, so you won’t get tired of long walks.

The main market (Red) is a must see for all exotic lovers in Macau. Shopping malls with clothes and accessories will not surprise you, but the seafood and fish department will pleasantly impress you. There you will see everything that you have ever known about the water world - turtles, worms, frogs, sea inhabitants of various sizes, shades and shapes. All that you choose will be prepared for you by masters of local cuisines.

One of Macau's best viewing points is Guia Park. You can get there by taking a ride on the cable car. Along the way, there is the opportunity to visit the fortress, buildings of the 17th century and take a walk through the green area.

Fond of racing, you should visit the Grand Prix Museum - an attraction dedicated to Formula 1. You will be pleased with more than 2 dozen cars, at different times, participating in competitions. In addition to various paraphernalia, there is a racing simulator on the territory where everyone can feel, drive and feel like cool racers. You need to pay for the entrance here, the museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm.

To see the development of seafaring in China - visit the Maritime Museum, where you will see exhibits in the form of caravels, airplanes, other models of Chinese shipbuilding and plunge into the history of the development of fishing in Portugal and Europe. Entrance is also free, doors are open for tourists from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

What to see in one day

Macau, an impressive city. And one or two days is never enough to enjoy its beauties. Usually, non-gambling tourists leave it for the last few days of vacation and very in vain. Asian "Las Vegas" is not like any other settlement in China and there is something to see. Some attractions need to be seen twice in order to assess how they change their appearance at night and in sunlight.

The metropolis consists of two parts - directly Macau on the mainland and the island of Taipa.

The first thing that arrives in the metropolis by ferry is to walk along the embankment of Rybatsky Berth, stretching from the ferry terminal to the Scientific and Technical Museum. This is a whole entertainment complex on the coast under the open sky. Here you can arrange a little shopping, relax in the equipped parks, have a cup of coffee and eat delicious food in cafes overlooking the water surface.


Some colorful photos of Macau can be made by moving further - to the Grand Lisboa casino hotel - a gorgeous shiny 8-storey building of an unusual shape is depicted on many avenues in the city - not to see it live will be an unacceptable mistake. You will have the opportunity to walk along many tiers and enjoy the scenery from the window. Around are dozens of jewelry stores where everyone can buy jewelry made of Chinese gold.

The obligatory program also includes a promenade in old districts. Start from Senate Square and walk to the ruins of St. Paul's Temple Complex. The narrow streets give the impression that you are in a cozy European town. It is worth visiting both day and night.

What to visit in 2 days

If you managed to see all of the above attractions, which according to tourists' reviews are better to visit on the first day of arrival, for further acquaintance with Macau - go to Taipa island. Overnight stay is better at the chic Hotel Venice, a symbol of the Chinese understanding of European and American luxury. The lighting and appearance are impressive: huge halls decorated with arches, equipped with water channels inside with real, full boats, royal wall and floor cladding, wide stairwells, plants in amazing royal vases. The living area is located right inside the shopping center and casino - only here you can walk all day and not review all the beauties of this place.

The second entertainment that is required to be watched is the House of Dancing Water. According to reviews, there are fantastic shows. Tickets are best bought in advance at the site or at the casino's sales desks. Before the show, at the entrance you will be offered only the most expensive tickets, although cheap viewing places will be available.

It is interesting to stroll in the old quarters, where souvenir shops are fancifully decorated with vivid pictures.

Wildlife lovers should look at another attraction - living pandas. To do this, go to the very south of the island. It is best to do this at lunch, as at another time of the day, you run the risk of catching animals sleeping.

Conclusion

Most tourists spend 1-2 days at Macau city at the end of their vacation, preferring it to advertised Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Many people think that it will be interesting here only to those who like to "lower" the earned dollars in a casino. But this is not so. The modern city is equipped for the comfort of residents, crammed with interesting news. What is the restaurant “Lua Azul” that makes a 360-degree turn in an hour. Complexes of casino hotels are also not far behind, vying to offer visitors various shows, performances, entertainment, shopping of any format. Historic sights, old cozy streets for walking, miniature shops with souvenirs are also available. Amazing by day, it is transformed at night by millions of lights and shimmering shop windows. In addition to signage, nothing will indicate to you that you are in China. On the contrary, there will be a constant sense of European organization. A quick look at the main places is enough for a day, but to fully plunge into the atmosphere of the holiday and the culture of Macau, you need to allocate at least 5-6 days for the trip.

Attractions Macau

The site contains Macau attractions - photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Macau, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places in Macau.

Macau University

Macau University used to be called East Asia University. Opened in 1981, it became the first higher education institution in Macau. Today, the university maintains close relations with Chinese and foreign universities, jointly developing and engaging in research projects in various fields. During the existence of the university, hundreds of articles have been published in international journals of world level.

In addition to the main educational activities, within the framework of the university's activities, research, development, and consulting services are carried out in the fields of education, economics, business and trade, state policy, science and technology.

Lectures within the university are conducted mainly in Chinese and English, but Portuguese and Japanese are used in some faculties and study programs. Since 2000, the number of students at Macau University has doubled.

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Casino Lisbon

Casino Lisbon is considered the most famous casino located on the territory of the hotel in Macau.

The casino is located on the territory that is located on the border of the old colonial city and the new business district. A three-story casino complex and a twelve-story hotel tower were built in the seventies of the XX century. The casino immediately gained popularity after Macao gained fame as the “eastern Monte Carlo”.

The interior of the casino is made strictly according to the rules of Feng Shui. It is worth noting that it is in it that the majority of tourists and visitors gather.

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Fortaleza do Monte

Fortaleza do Monte or Fortress of Our Lady is located in the Chinese city of Macau, which was a Portuguese colony from 1617 to 1626. The fortress had the most important strategic purpose, being the main outpost that restrained the Dutch invasion of Macau in 1622. In addition, the fortress, built by the Jesuits, was supposed to protect the nearby St. Paul’s Cathedral from pirate raids. The church was still destroyed, and today, from the ramparts, a beautiful view of its ruins opens.

The fortress is built on top of a hill, from where the necessary overview opens in all directions, allowing you to observe the whole city. The Fortress of Our Lady is built in the form of an irregular trapezoid, which completely covers the top of the hill. Previously, it was equipped with guns around the perimeter, and inside were an arsenal, military barracks and a constant supply of ammunition in case of any unforeseen situation. In the event of a siege, the fortress could maintain an autonomous existence for two years.

The best way to explore the entire fortress is to climb its walls. They have at the base of about four meters and rise to a height of nine meters. Upstairs there are guns and defensive parapets, and on the south and southeast corner there are two watch towers.

Na Tcha Temple

The Na Cha Temple in the Chinese city of Macau is one of the many Buddhist and Taoist temples in the city. It is dedicated to the Chinese deity Na Cha, who is also known as Nata or Na Zha. He is portrayed as a boy flying in the sky. He has wheels of fire on his feet and a golden hoop and spear in his hands. The temple itself is quite small and the inner hall is a modest room of no more than eight meters in length.

The temple was built in 1888 and is located next to the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, against which it looks completely inconspicuous. Na Cha Temple consists of a main hall with a statue of a deity and a very small room for worship. Outside, the temple is no less modest than inside. The exterior walls are gray and there are only a few traditional Chinese-style decorations above the main entrance.

A fragment of the city wall built at the beginning of the 16th century has been preserved near the temple. It is made of the special building material chunambo, which is a mixture of clay, sand, rice straw, earth, stones and oyster shells.

Macau International Airport

Macau International Airport was built in 1995 at the eastern tip of Taipa Island. It is a transportation hub between mainland China and Taiwan, as well as an intermediate stop for passenger flights between airports in China and Southeast Asia. In 2006, the airport reached its maximum level in terms of passenger traffic - 5 million people a year.

Like Hong Kong, Macau adheres to its own immigration policy, being an independent customs territory, separated from the rest of mainland China. For passengers traveling from Macau to China, mandatory immigration and customs control is necessary, because all flights in this direction are considered international.

The most unusual at the airport is the runway. It was built on an artificial embankment that goes right into the sea. On the nearby island of Taipa, there is a main terminal and facilities for air traffic control and management.

Parish of Our Lady of Fatima (Freguesia de Nossa Senhora de Fátima) Edit

It occupies the northern part of the Macau Peninsula and consists mainly of land conquered from the sea (area - 3.2 sq. Km, population - more than 180 thousand people). Until the 70s, most of the district was occupied by agricultural land and peasant villages, and now about half of all Macau enterprises are located in the local industrial zone. The parish includes the districts of Ilya Verde, Mon Ha, Yao Hon, Fai Chi Kei and Toy San. A large percentage of the population of the parish is made up of poor residents of Macau, as well as immigrants from other provinces of China and the Philippines. The main attractions:

  • Macau Racecourse, which hosts horse racing.
  • The Kanidrom complex, where dog races are held.
  • Fort Mon Ha (pt: Fortaleza de Mong-Há), built by the Portuguese in 1849-1866 on a hill of the same name to defend the northern borders of the colony (Portuguese soldiers of African descent lodged in the local barracks in the 20th century).
  • The city park named after Sun Yat-sen, located on the border with Zhuhai (the park has playgrounds and sports grounds, a swimming pool, aviaries, flower garden and "Feng Shui Forest").
  • The old border gate of Portas do Cerco (1871) and the new border control complex (2004).
  • The Kun-Yam-Tong Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess Guanyin (founded in the 13th century, the present building was built in 1627, it was here in 1844 that the USA and China signed their first agreement on trade and cooperation, and the granite table, at which documents were signed, available for public viewing, among the monuments in honor of the eighteen wise men of China there is a statue of Marco Polo).
  • Buddhist temples Kun-Yam-Tsai (1867), Sen-Wong (1908) and Lin-Fun.
  • The Catholic Church of Our Lady of Fatima (pt: Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Fátima (Macau)) (built in 1929, reconstructed in 1967).
  • The Catholic Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter (1998).
  • Ilya Verde ("Green Island") is a former island located to the west of the isthmus, in 1895 connected with the peninsula dam.
  • The Fai Chi Kei district, built up in the early 30s of the XX century (later a high-rise residential complex was erected on the site of old houses).
  • Institute of Tourism, founded in 1995.
  • The colorful markets are Red Market, Yao-Khon and Toy-San.

    Portas do cerco

    Portas do cerco

    Parish of St. Anthony (Freguesia de Santo António) Edit

    It occupies the central-western part of the Macau Peninsula, about half of its territory is "reclaimed" from the sea (area - 1.1 sq. Km). The population of the parish is 110 thousand people (it is the most densely populated region of Macau and all of China). The parish includes the areas of Sha-Gong, San Kio and Patan (in some places small traditional enterprises have remained between residential and commercial buildings). Until the 70s of the XX century, the Inner Harbor area was the economic center of Macau, but gradually the local business began to curtail, especially after the transfer of the ferry terminal (although ferries to Guangzhou and floating casinos are still moored here). The main attractions:

    • The ruins of the former St. Paul's Cathedral (pt: Ruínas de São Paulo (Macau)) (the cathedral was built in 1582-1602 by the Jesuits and expelled from the homeland by Japanese Christians, it was considered the largest Catholic church in Asia at that time, in 1835 the cathedral together with the neighboring college , founded in 1594, were destroyed by fire, only the southern facade, the monumental staircase leading to it, and some burials were preserved, in 2005, the ruins of the cathedral were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the historical center of Macau).
    • The Buddhist temple of Na-Tha (Na-Cha), located between the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the last surviving section of the old city walls dating from 1569 (built in 1888, restored in 1901).
    • Fortaleza do Monti (“Mountain Fort” or “Fortress of Our Lady on Mount St. Paul”) are the remains of the Jesuit fortress built in 1617-1626, which later served as the first residence of the colony governor (today the Macau Museum opened in 1998 , a chapel built in 1740, a park with an observation deck and old cannons).
    • The Catholic Church of St. Anthony (pt: Igreja de Santo António (Macau)) (founded in 1565 near the first residence of the Jesuit Order, rebuilt in 1638, reconstructed in 1810, 1875, 1930 and 1950, is the beloved church of the newlyweds and in Chinese known as the "Church of the Flowers").
    • The Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier (pt: Igreja de São Francisco Xavier (Macau)) (built in 1907, renovated in 1938, 1951 and 1999).
    • The Casa Garden, founded in 1770 as the residence of a wealthy Portuguese merchant, and then served as a branch of the British East India Company in Macau (today in the old mansion is the headquarters of the local branch of the Oriental Fund with the Louis de Camoes Museum and art gallery) .
    • The old Protestant cemetery (pt: Cemitério Protestante (Macau)), founded by the British in 1821 and closed in 1858 (except for the British, they buried citizens of the USA, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Germany).
    • The Protestant Chapel (or Morrison Chapel), built in 1922.
    • The old Camoens Park, on the territory of which the Portuguese poet Luis de Camoens lived in a house that has not been preserved to our time (in the center of the park there is a bust of the great Portuguese and a memorial plate with poems carved on it).
    • Hotel-casino Ponte 16 Resort Macau, built on the site of the quays of the old fishing port (20-storey Sofitel hotel opened in 2008, the complex also includes shops, restaurants and the Michael Jackson Museum).

      Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

      Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

      Church of St. Anthony

      Garden Lou Lim Ieoc

      Parish of St. Lazarus (Freguesia de São Lázaro) Edit

      It occupies the central-eastern part of the Macau Peninsula and is the smallest of the parishes of the city (area - 0.6 sq. Km). The population is 33 thousand people (it is the second most populated region of Macau and the whole of China). A third of the parish’s area is occupied by the highest hill on the peninsula Guia (Colina da Guia), on which the castle and park of the same name are located, commercial development predominates in the south, residential in the center, high-rise residential complexes in the north and east. The main attractions:

      • Fortaleza da Guia (port. Fortaleza do Monte de Nossa Senhora da Guia (Fortaleza da Guia)) - a fortress built in 1622 on a hilltop (reconstructed in 1637–1638). On the territory of the fort are the Chapel of Our Lady of Guya (1622), the first Western-style lighthouse in East Asia (built in 1864-1865), barracks, ammunition depots and a network of tunnels.
      • Colina da Guia City Park with a cable car that takes visitors to the top of the hill and the Jardim da Flora Garden.
      • The Catholic Church of St. Lazarus (pt: Igreja de São Lázaro (Macau)) (founded in 1557, until 1623 was considered the Macau Cathedral, rebuilt in 1886 and reconstructed in 1956).
      • Garden Lou Lim Ieoc, surrounded by a high wall (founded in 1906 as part of the residence of a wealthy local merchant, in 1974 transferred to the city authorities and turned into a public park).

        Church of St. Lazarus

        One of the streets of the district

        Parish of St. Lawrence (Freguesia de São Lorenço) Edit

        It occupies the southwestern part of the Macau Peninsula. Area - 1 sq. km, the population is 46 thousand people (it is the third most populated region of Macau and all of China). The parish is dominated by residential buildings and office buildings, as well as numerous shops and offices. In the southern part are the hills of Pena and Barra, the slopes and the foot of which are occupied by quarters of luxury villas and private clubs. The main attractions:

        • The Taoist Temple of A-Ma (pt: Templo de A-Má (Macau)), built in 1488 on the side of Barra Hill in honor of the goddess Matsu (the name Macau came from it, because A-Ma-Gao in Chinese means “Goddess Cove” Ma ").
        • Moorish barracks (Quartel dos Mouros), built in 1874 on the side of Barra Hill to house a colonial regiment from Goa.
        • Hotel Pousada de Santiago, located on the extreme point of the peninsula and rebuilt from the Portuguese fortress Fortaleza de Barra of the XVII century.
        • The Macau Government House or the Palace of Santa Sancha (1846), surrounded by a large garden and now serving as a state residence for guests of honor.
        • The Catholic Chapel of Our Lady of Peña (pt: Capela de Nossa Senhora da Penha (Macau)), built in 1622 on the top of Peña Hill (rebuilt in 1837, reconstructed in 1892 and 1935, in the large courtyard there is a highly venerated marble statue of the Virgin Mary, turned towards the border with China, around the chapel there is a cemetery, a copy of the cave of Our Lady of Lourdes and the former Bishop's Palace, now occupied by a private religious museum).
        • The residence of the former Portuguese governor of Macau (1849), which since 1999 has been used as the headquarters of the head of the Executive Council of Macau.
        • The Catholic Church of St. Lawrence (founded in 1558, rebuilt in 1618, reconstructed in 1801-1803).
        • The Catholic Church of St. Augustine (pt: Igreja de Santo Agostinho (Macau)) (founded in 1586, rebuilt in 1814), overlooking the square of the same name, on which the colorful “Fair of Craftsmen” is held every Saturday night.
        • The St. Joseph Catholic Church and Seminary, built on Mato Mofino Hill (the seminary was founded in 1728 and rebuilt in 1742, is now used as the theology faculty of the private Catholic University of St. Joseph, the church was built in 1758).
        • The Senate building, where the Legislative Assembly and the Municipal Council were located under Portuguese rule (built in 1784, reconstructed in 1940, now houses the Institute of Civil and Municipal Affairs, as well as the Public Library).
        • The library named after Sir Robert Ho-Tung (pt: Biblioteca Sir Robert Ho Tung), housed in a building in 1894 and surrounded by a garden (after the construction of the new building in 2005, it became the largest public library in Macau).
        • The picturesque Lilau Square, on which a small fountain was built in 1994 (it symbolizes the fact that this square served as the main supplier of drinking water during the colonial period, the old “Christian quarter” is spread around the square).
        • Barra Square, also surrounded by old colonial-style houses.
        • Residential complex "House of Mandarin" (1881).
        • King Pedro V Theater (pt: Teatro Dom Pedro V) (1860).
        • Maritime Museum, illuminating the history of navigation since the II century BC. e. and to this day (boats departing from the walls of the museum making a tour of the Inner Harbor).
        • The shopping streets of Rua da Felicidade (port. Rua da Felicidade), famous for good restaurants and small hotels, and Rua-dazh-Lorshash (port. Rua das Lorchas), built up with old galleries and shops.

          In the narrow streets of Macau. Talk about food.

          Our way back to the city center passed through a walking street, the study of which we left just for today, because yesterday it was too dark. As it turned out, not in vain, because it was here that I found one of the “Macao hacks."

          Almost the entire length of the street there are shops selling various edible things from Chinese cookies to a strange kind of sausage. At a certain time (or rather dinner) for advertising, each store arranges a free tasting for anyone. The people here are just darkness, we could barely squeeze through entire clusters near the doors of shops. And while they were walking, they managed to try different types of cookies, and Mila even decided to taste a small piece of sausage in the form of a square plate. She says she looks like our salami, only sweet.

          But any "freebie" has its own conditions. In each store, you can take a sample of only one thing. I admit, I tried to drag two away, but the keen eye of Chinese sellers noticed me even in such a crowd, I had to return the excess :).

          In principle, you can not be greedy, there are so many shops that you get a good afternoon snack or lunch, the main thing is not to forget to take a drink,).

          If we talk about food in general, then in the local "tavern" to eat is not at all cheap. I don’t know how it is for residents of the capitals, but for us - a portion of noodles with vegetables for 25 GD is Kirovans - this is overkill, especially considering that they prepare noodles from “scourge packages” that we only eat on trains from hopelessness. Often you can see some Chinese with a plastic box in their hands, reminiscent of our "Doshirak." Yes, this is not Italian pasta :).

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