Have you been stopped by applying for a visa when you plan a trip to China? Here I would like to introduce a 2-day Macau tour to you. Macau is one of the China visa-free cities, which means you don’t need a Macau visa when you enter this city. This China visa-free policy will make your trip much easier because you don’t need to prepare documents for a visa, and you don’t need to go to or call the embassy for any visa problem. Macau is famous for its well-developed gaming industry and is one of the four major gambling cities in the world. So if you are visiting here, make sure you visit one of the casinos, it will impress you. Besides, because Macau was once colonized by Portugal, you can see many Portuguese-style buildings here. Eastern and Western cultures meet and collide here. It’s time to start your trip now.
Welcome to Macau! Macau is an international city in China. For hundreds of years, it has been a place where Chinese and Western cultures coexist. On this small island, there are dozens of precious world heritage sites.
When you get off the plane, you will see your tour guide holding a pick-up card with your name, waiting for you at the arrival hall of the airport. Our first destination is the Venetian Hotel. The Venetian Hotel is built based on the theme of Venice, the water city of Italy. There are many arch bridges, canals, and stone roads with Venetian characteristics in the hotel. Macau is the only city in China where gambling is legal, so there are lots of casinos. And the casino with more than 800 gaming tables owned by the Venetian Hotel is also an advantage that other casinos in Macau cannot match. There are a total of 850 gaming tables and 4,100 slot machines, ranking first in the world.
Then we will go to Cunha Street, not far from the Venetian Hotel. Both on weekdays and holidays, Cunha Street attracts many tourists and local residents. The buildings on the street are old and simple, but the rich colors give the place an exotic sense. The walls are painted with lovely and vivid patterns, which make this street vibrant. Walking along Cunha Street, you will feel that Macau is more a foodie’s paradise than a gambling city. The Portuguese restaurant, dessert houses, and souvenir shops in the alleys make people linger. A dessert house called SERRADURA specializes in serradura, which you must try. Serradura pudding is a kind of pudding that is not taken out of the refrigerator directly to the customers but is first placed in the microwave oven, and then sprayed with a torch. The top of the pudding is cream, the middle is ice cream, and the bottom is crushed biscuit. The combination of the three flavors is really in line with the temperament of Macau.
After breakfast, we will first go to the Ruins of St. Paul’s, which is the remains of the front wall of St. Paul’s Church. With a history of more than 350 years, it is a world cultural heritage site and a landmark building in Macau. In addition to taking photos with the front wall, you should also pay attention to the exquisite reliefs on the archway and their meanings. If you take a close look at the ruins, you will find that it belongs to the Baroque architecture and has oriental carvings. You must be surprised that there are Chinese characters carved on the archway, as well as peony and chrysanthemum patterns representing China and Japan respectively, which makes it unique among Catholic churches all over the world.
Next, we will come to Mont Fortes. Close to the Ruins of St. Paul’s, Mont Fortes is also known as St. Paul’s Fortes. The fort is an irregular quadrilateral, with four corners protruding out to form a bastion. As many as 32 cannons can be set up here and they can prevent attacks from two directions at the same time. The cannons on the fort played an important role in resisting the Dutch invasion in 1622. The walls surrounding the fort has been restored many times because they fell off into pieces during the wars. You can overlook Macau here, and you can see the famous Macau Tower in the distance. You will have many photo opportunities here.
After visiting Mont Fortes, we will go to Senado Square, a square in front of the Macau Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau building. It is like a long and narrow triangle and is one of the four major squares in Macau. The buildings on both sides of the square were built at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. On the right, there is a post office building with western classicism characteristics and a neoclassical-style building named Holy House of Mercy; on the left is a three-story neoclassical building with corridors. The buildings are of various colors and there are many different styles of windows. Since 1993, the square has been paved with black and white gravel to form a wave-shaped pattern, which is both beautiful and distinctive. It has been a prosperous business district from the past to the present. There are many souvenir shops here. Besides, the “Macau Lotus Festival” is held here every June. When the event begins, there will be 3000 pots of lotus with more than 60 varieties, which is very spectacular.
Then we will go to visit A-Ma Temple. A-Ma Temple is one of the most famous places of interest in Macau. It was first built in1488 in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). With a history of more than 500 years, it has the longest history among the three major ancient temples in Macau (A-Ma Temple, Guanyintang Temple, Lin Fong Temple). A-Ma Temple is the symbol of Mazu Culture in Macau. Mazu is the Goddess of the sea in southeast coast of China. It is said that the goddess Mazu worshiped in the temple can predict good or bad luck, and often helps merchants and fishermen at sea out of a crisis and eliminates disasters. Inside the temple, you will see lots of believers kowtowing and praying with burning incense in their hands.
The next destination is Macau Tower. Macau Tower integrates the functions of sightseeing, conferencing, and entertainment, and is one of the top ten sightseeing towers in the world. You will go up to Observation Deck which is 223-meter high to have a panoramic view of Macau. Through the windows, you can overlook Macau and Zhuhai. If the weather is good, you can see Hong Kong’s Lantau Island as well.
The last stop of our journey is Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is Macau’s first theme park and a shopping mall imitating the fisherman’s wharf in Europe and America. It combines the famous Colosseum scene in Rome with elements of Athens mythology and is very worth taking pictures. You can see magnificent buildings, tall pillars, with mottled traces on the surface, giving people a strong sense of the times. The huge Romanesque building complex and the exhibition center like the Roman arena give people the illusion of being in ancient Rome. In addition to sightseeing and taking pictures, there are also many western restaurants and bars, as well as some brand clothing stores. The Fisherman’s Wharf at night is so romantic under the lights that you will not want to leave.
Say Goodbye to Macau! Your private guide will take you to the airport according to your flight. We hope you can choose us again when you visit China next time.
Options: If you want to do more than sightseeing at Macau Tower, there are some exciting activities you can do. On the 61st floor, there is a Skywalk, Bungy Jump, and other entertainment options to choose from. You can jump down from a height of 233 meters, or walk around the tower in the outer circle.
Author: Wang Qian
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We started with a few days in Beijing & ended in Shanghai, from where we visited the Forbidden City and Great Wall. In between we visited Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Panda Base, Shanghai Disneyland.
We had a wonderful holiday in China which will remain long in the memory. China is a breathtakingly beautiful country full of splendid temples and palaces, mountains and rivers, peaceful rural scenes and bustling shopping streets.