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      5 fully detailed itineraries for day trips in Asia's
       atmospheric city.
      Including recommended restaurants and shops.
      Macau's best attractions and sightseeing spots.
      Explore the city easily and avoid wasting time




      Index

         1.   Exploring Macau's rich heritage and history                                                2
         2.   A family fun day                                                                           5
         3.   Strolling through the alleys of old Macau                                                  6
         4.   Macau's 'must sees' (How to see Macau in a day)                                            8
         5.   A day trip in Taipa and Coloane                                                            10

              Special supplement: A night out in Macau                                                   12



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1. Exploring Macau's rich heritage and                                 Our Sightseeing walk takes us from here along Rua Sao
                                                                       Tiago da Barra and after five minutes you will reach
history                                                                Pousada de São Tiago: A charming Portugusese-style
                                                                       boutique hotel that was built within the ramparts of
Summary: Today's trip will take us along Macau's World
                                                                       ancient Barra Fort. Other than the remains of the ancient
Heritage Trail, where we will visit some of the city's
                                                                       fort, the hotel boasts a lovely terrace-café where you can
most fascinating heritage buildings and museums.
                                                                       have your morning coffee alfresco and enjoy the views
                                                                       over Macau's inner harbor (Porto Interior).
Our day starts from A-Ma Temple, one of Macau's oldest
and most significant temples, which was originally built in
                                                                       Turn left as you come out of the hotel and walk for a few
1488 following a mythological event whereby a group of
                                                                       minutes along Avenida da Republica (the waterfront is on
fishermen was rescued from a deadly storm by A-Ma, the
                                                                       your right), pass the tennis courts and turn left to Calcada
legendary protector of seafarers and one of the region's
                                                                       da Praia and left again, to Estrada de Santa Sancha,
most beloved deities. Built against rocky Barra Hill, facing
                                                                       where you can see the striking pink Santa Sancha Palace:
Macau's inner harbor, the temple boasts some nice
                                                                       An elegant 1846 colonial manor house which once acted
prayer halls, pavilions and courtyards, connected by
                                                                       as the residence of the Portuguese governor of Macau.
winding paths that run through moon gates and tiny
gardens (some of the prayer halls are dedicated to other
                                                                       Keep walking along Estrada de Santa Sancha, as it
deities). Garden spots, built into the cliff behind the
                                                                       changes its name to Estrada da Penha, passes near a
temple, provide some excellent views.
                                                                       small garden, turns right (where it changes names again,
 Daily, morning till evening, Free entrance                           to Dom Joao Paulino) and climbs the hill to Penha Chapel.

Macau Maritime Museum is right across the piazza from                  Strategically perched at the top of Barra Hill, Penha
A-Ma Temple and although it is not as impressive as other              Chapel was originally built in 1622 (although the current
maritime museums around the world, it certainly justifies              structure dates back to 1837) and enjoys a fantastic view
a visit.                                                               over the city and the bay (which is the main reason for
                                                                       coming here).
The exhibitions here focus on the history of South China's
fishermen communities, as well as on the naval history of              As you walk leave the chapel, turn right and start to walk
both Portugal and China, and the exhibits include some                 down along the stone paved Calcada da Penha. Turn left
really nice models and replicas of antique boats, as well as           to Rua da Penha and almost immediately left again, via
old and modern instruments and navigation tools.                       the stairway, to the tiny alley that leads to Largo do Lilau.

 Daily (except Tuesday), 10am - 6pm (sales of tickets will close at   The small piazza of Largo do Lilau (Lilau Square) was built
5:30 pm), Admission fees apply, Website                                around the natural spring which used to provide fresh
                                                                       water to Macau's people, back in the old colonial days...
Getting there: A-Ma Temple and Macau Maritime                          As a matter of fact, that is where Portuguese Macau has
Museum are just a heartbeat from Barra bus terminus.                   started to develop from, and the small stone-paved
                                                                       streets around the square are full of old days charm
From the City Centre (Almeida Ribeiro and Largo Senado):               (including some heritage buildings that are well worth
Take nos. 2, 5, 7, 10, 10A, 11 and 21A
                                                                       visiting).
From Fisherman's Wharf and Sands Macau (and Macau Grand
Prix Museum) : 3, 10 and 10A                                           Built in the 1870s by one of Macau’s most prominent
                                                                       families, the Chinese-style Mandarin's House, which used
From Macau Tower : Nos. 18 and 21                                      to be the biggest private house in town, is one of the
                                                                       most impressive sites along Macau's Heritage Trail and
From "Taipa Village" / Rua do Cunha and Museum of Taipa                one of the only historic Chinese-style mansions in Macau
and Coloane History : No. 11                                           that are open to the public.

From The Venetian and City of Dreams : Nos. 21, 21A and 26             The compound comprises several courtyard-houses and
                                                                       integrates both western and Chinese architectural styles,
From "Coloane Village" : 21, 21A and 26
                                                                       including typical Chinese elements like a walled private
                                                                       garden, decorative tiles and intricately carved doors…
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Standing atop of a granite platform above the street, just     Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, opposite the church, is a late
a heartbeat from the Mandarin's House, the Moorish             19th century building that was originally constructed as
Barracks was built in the 1870s and features beautiful         the mansion of Dona Carolina Cunha and was later
neo-classical motifs that integrate both Moghul-Indian         purchased by Hong Kong businessman, Sir Robert Ho
and English architectural styles (the building's name          Tung, who left it to the government of Macau after his
comes from its architecture, which somewhat resembles          death. The three-story library building features a typical
the Moorish style)…                                            example of a beautiful colonial mansion, with an arcade
                                                               and a garden.
Walk back to Largo do Lilau, pass it, and continue along
Rua do Padre Antonio for five or ten minutes, till you see     A stone's throw from the church (almost opposite), the
St Lawrence's Church on your left.                             jade-green building of Dom Pedro V Theatre was
                                                               inaugurated in 1860 and housed China's first western
Well noted for its impressive twin towers, St. Lawrence's      style theatre. The impressive façade is decorated with
Church is one of Macau's three oldest churches. In front       Roman style pillars and triangular pediment. The theatre
of the church there is a flight of stone stairs where          is still active, mainly for special events.
families of Portuguese sailors used to stand, back in the
old days, facing the coast, and pray for the safe return of    Leave Largo de Santo Agostinho via Calcada do Tronco
their beloved ones...                                          Velho (near ) and at the bottom of the street, turn left to
                                                               Rua dos Cules from where you turn right, after 2 – 3
Walk through the small gate at the back of the church,         minutes, to Rua da Felicidade.
cross the street, enter Rua da Prata and walk along it for a
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St. Joseph's Seminary and Church, one of Macau's most          Rua da Felicidade (literally "Happiness Street") was once
beautiful churches, was first built by the Jesuits in 1728     the heart of Macau's red lights district, and that is how it
and features a classic Baroque architecture. The church's      got its rather peculiar name... Today, it is a cute,
interior is rich and lavish, with plenty of well-preserved     authentic shopping street where you can buy some
decorations, and its high domed ceiling gives                  "exotic" products, enjoy some truly authentic food and
exceptionally fine acoustics.                                  see some nice shophouses with traditional red louvers...
                                                               (Movie lovers may recognize the street from "Indiana
Turn right as you leave the church and continue to walk        Jones and the Temple of the Doom").
along Rua Do Seminario, passing by old and authentic
shops. Turn right to Calcada do Gamboa and at the top          The street is also home to some really good restaurants,
right again, to St. Augustine's Square (Largo de Santo         where you can have your lunch, like Tou Tou Koi, that
Agostinho): A beautiful Portuguese-style cobblestone-          serves some of the nicest Chinese hotpot/steamboat
paved piazza, surrounded by some historical buildings          dishes in Macau, Fat Siu Lau, which has been serving
that are well worth knowing about…                             genuine Macanese cuisine for God knows how many
                                                               years and is possibly the city's oldest restaurant, Café Kam
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                                                               lovely Cantonese specialties, that are prepared with a
St. Augustine's Church, after which the square is called,      traditional "Macanese touch"...
was first erected in the 1580s by Spanish Augustinian
priests, although the present neo-classical façade was         Walk along Rua da Felicidade and visit its small offshoots,
constructed in 1814 and replaced the Baroque style             and when you get to the end of the street, near Hotel Ko
structure that was there beforehand.                           wah, turn right and walk along Travessa do Mastro or
                                                               Travessa do Matadouro to Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro –
Similar to many old Catholic churches in Macau, the            Macau's 5th avenue, where you turn right and walk to the
interior is lavishly ornamented with religious pieces of       neo-classical Leal Senado Building (Portuguese for Loyal
art... One of them in particular has an interesting story      Senate) which was erected in 1784 and served as the seat
behind it: On the marble-clad high altar you will see a        of Macau's Government during the old colonial days
statue, depicting Christ carrying the cross... The legend      (Nowadays, there is an exhibition hall here that is worth
goes that many years ago, when it was once taken to the        visiting).
cathedral by the church people, it somehow found its way
back to the church's altar...
Cross Avenida Ribeiro and enter Largo Senado (Senado                museum here with beautiful religious exhibits from the
Square): A large Portuguese-style piazza that sits right at         history of the Roman-catholic church in Asia.
the heart of the city and is surrounded by many heritage
sites, as well as cafés, restaurants, market lanes and               Daily, morning till evening, Entry is free
shops...
                                                                    Largo Senado and the small alleys around it house some
Turn left from the square to the small lane of Rua Sul do           very nice eateries and cafés… Leitaria I Son, near the
Mercado de São Domingos, where a tiny Chinese temple                central post office, on the corner of Avenida Ribeiro, is a
by the name of Sam Kai Vui Kun (Kuan Tai Temple) can be             popular local eatery that serves milk-based puddings and
found. Rua Sul do Mercado de São Domingos and the                   desserts, as well as other favorites. Wong Chi Kei serves
small market lanes around it are also packed with small             some of the most delicious Cantonese noodle dishes in
shops and factory outlets where inexpensive surpluses               Macau. Boa Mesa, on Travessa de S. Domingos, is a small
are sold... The new city market complex, on the right side          café that serves excellent Portuguese fare in a nice and
of the street (Complexo Municipal do Mercado de S.                  homey environment, while Platao, another great
Domingos) is also a place you should visit, if you are after        restaurant on this tiny street, has a lovely outdoor
bargains.                                                           courtyard where you can dine "alfresco" or enjoy a
                                                                    sundowner, and La Bonne Heure is a lovely bistro-style
Back to the square, cross it and walk to the bright white           restaurant, serving fabulous French cuisine in an elegant
neo-classical building of The Holy House of Mercy, where            environment.
The Holy House of Mercy Institution was founded in 1569
by the first bishop of Macau, Dom Belchior Carneiro, in             Turn left as you leave Santo Domingo Church and then left
order to provide medical services and other charitable              again, to Rua da Palha, which will take you to Rua de S.
assistance to the community. This was actually the first            Paulo and Ruins of St. Paul's.
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As you leave the Holy House of Mercy, turn right and right
again, to Travessa de S. Domingos, a narrow alley that will         Standing atop of a massive flight of stone stairs, the
lead you to The Cathedral, another impressive historical            impressive southern façade of the Ruins of St. Paul's, one
landmark that can be found on the small piazza at the top           of Macau's best known and most photographed
end of the alley (Largo da Se). The main draw here are              landmark, is the only remain of St. Paul's Cathedral and
the stained-glass windows. Otherwise, there is also a               College, which was built by the Jesuits between 1582 and
small private museum in the adjacent Bishop's Palace                1602 and was the largest Catholic church in Asia at the
(ask the guard to see it and he will let you in).                   time... The intricate carvings on the façade were done
                                                                    between 1620 and 1627 by Japanese Christians in exile
A stone's throw from the Cathedral, on Travessa da Sé, is           from their homeland and local craftsmen, under the
Lou Kau Mansion: Built in 1889 as the residence of one of           direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola.
Macau's wealthiest traders, this magnificent court-yard
house features an excellent example of typical Chinese              The Museum of sacred art and Crypt, at the back side of
mansion architecture, right in the middle of Portuguese             the façade, displays items of high historical and artistic
Macau. The wood screens, the stained-glass windows                  value from the 16th to the 19th centuries (mostly related
and the porches are all very interesting.                           to the history of the catholic missions in the region).

Lemon Cello Gellato, which is just a step away, serves              The Museum is open daily, 9 am - 6 pm and the entrance is free.
some of the best Italian ice cream in Macau.
                                                                    The Museum of Macau, right next to Ruins of St. Paul's, is
 Daily (except Monday), 9am to 5pm, Free Entrance, Short article   our last destination for today. Built within the ramparts of
about the history of the place                                      Fortaleza do Monte (Mount fortress), Macau's historical
                                                                    military headquarters, this fantastic museum displays the
 Walk to the end of Travessa da Sé, turn left and you will
                                                                    territory's history, from prehistoric eras to our days, in
reach Santo Domingo Church: Nestled at the inner end of
                                                                    quite a fascinating way and with special focus on the city's
Senado Square, this beautiful church was originally built in
                                                                    different communities and their cultures.
the late 16th century, although the present Baroque-
Filipino building, with its cream-beige façade and green             Daily (except Monday), 10am - 6pm, Admission fees apply,
louvers, dates back to 1828… There is also a small                  Website
2. A family fun day                                                    The Macau Tower is also no short of adventurous and
                                                                       blood-freezing activities, including the (currently) world's
Summary: Although it is usually seen as an adult-                      highest bungy jump and the freaking "mast climb"… A
oriented destination, where glitzy casinos and never                   strong heart and a pocket full of money is all you'll need
ending nightlife set the scene, Macau has a lot to offer to            to take your nerves to the extreme…
families with kids…
                                                                        Daily, 10am - 9pm (from as early as 9am on weekends), Entry fees
                                                                       apply (to go to the observation decks), Website – Macau Tower
Our day starts at the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, in                   Website – AJ Hackett Bungy and extreme activities
Coloane, which seems to be one of the territory's hottest
attractions nowadays, giving visitors a chance to get a                Bus nos. 23 or 32 will take us from Macau Tower to our
good glimpse into the daily lives of one of the world's                next destination: Macau Fisherman's Wharf.
cutest and most endangered animals.
                                                                       Although it is far less successful than it was meant to be,
The dwellers of the pavilion, Kai Kai and Xin Xin, are two             Macau Fisherman's Wharf is still one of the city's nicest
cute pandas that came here from mainland China. Only a                 attractions and a place well worth visiting... The main
limited number of visitors can enter at any given time,                draw here is the Legend Boulevard: A pedestrian mall
and each "session" lasts only 20 minutes or so, after                  lined with a range of European and coastal town
which the pandas can rest a bit…                                       architectures that replicate streets and suburbs from
 Daily, except Monday (unless that Monday is a public holiday)
                                                                       port-cities around the globe... You can pretend to have a
from 10am to 5pm (admission until 4:45pm) and the viewing sessions     cup of coffee at a French Riviera café, eat seafood in Cape
are 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5. Admission fees apply (buy   Town or New Orleans, and enjoy your dessert in
your tickets in advance through the website )                          Amsterdam or Lisbon... The Underground Amusement
                                                                       Centre boasts plenty of video-games, including the
How to get there:                                                      popular F-1 Simulator.
From A-Ma Temple: Nos. 21, 21A and 26                                   24/7, Free entrance, Website

From the City Centre (Almeida Ribeiro and Largo Senado): 21A           As you leave Macau Fisherman's Wharf, cross Avenida da
and 26A
                                                                       Amizade (near the entrance to Sands) and walk through
From downtown hotels (Lisboa, Grand Lisboa and Wynn): 21A              the Golden Lotus Square to the grey building of "Centro
and 26A                                                                de actividades turisticas" where the Macau Grand Prix
                                                                       Museum is housed.
From Macau Tower : No. 21

From Avenida Olimpica/Macau Stadium (Northern entry to
                                                                       This small yet fabulous museum allows you to stroll
"Taipa Village" and Rua do Cunha): Nos. 25, 26 and 26A                 through all those legendary cars and bikes that made
                                                                       history on one of the world's most demanding street
From The Venetian and City of Dreams : 15, 21, 21A 25, 26 and          tracks - Macau's Guia Circuit, and see those vehicles that
26A                                                                    were once driven by icons like Ayrton Senna, Michael and
                                                                       Ralf Schumacher, and David Coulthard, alongside some
As soon as you leave Seac Pai Van Park (Where the                      antique cars that participated in the first years of the
pavilion is), cross the street and take bus No. 21 to Macau            Macau Grand Prix.
Tower
                                                                        Daily (except Tuesday) 10am - 6pm, Admission fees apply
  Make the most of your stay in Macau with the See
  Macau Attractions Pass ! Click here for more details !               Walk back through the Golden Lotus Square and turn right
                                                                       to Avenida Da Amizade. A ten minutes' walk along the
                                                                       busy street will bring you to our last destination for today,
Macau Tower, one of the, if not the most popular of                    Wynn Macau (You can also catch bus nos. 3, 3A, 10, 10A,
Macau attractions, is rising to an impressive height of                10B, 10X, 23, 28A and 32, on Avenida da Amizade, if you
338m, which makes it one of the world's tallest free-                  don't feel like walking).
standing structures.
                                                                       Developed by the same people who created the
There are heaps of activities, attractions and happenings              internationally known Bellagio Fountains in Vegas, the
in and around the tower: From the much expected shops                  fountain-show at the Wynn features a beautiful
and slot machines at the shopping mall downstairs,                     combination of sound, lights, bursts of fire and water
through cinema theatres, restaurants and cafés, to the                 pyrotechnics, and while it is not as extravagant as its
observation decks, from where you can get breathtaking                 counterpart in Vegas, it is spectacular nonetheless.
views of Macau and its environs...
And while you are at the Wynn, do not miss the other free     traditional paintings and arts, porcelain, herbal medicines
(and thrilling) attractions this glitzy hotel has to offer,   and what not...
such as the "Tree of Prosperity Show" and the "Dragon of
Fortune", as well as the "Moon Jellyfish Aquarium".           Hong Kung Temple, near the corner of Rua das
                                                              Estalagens, was first built in 1750 in honor of Kwan Tai: A
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                                                              turn left to Travessa do Armazem Velho (it's the first left
                                                              turn) and walk up to its end, where you can turn right, to
3. Strolling through the alleys of old Macau                  Rua da Tercena: A narrow stone-paved street which
                                                              accommodates a small but popular flea-market, well
Summary: Today's trip will take us through Macau's            known for its variety of antiques, and old coins in
oldest and most characterful alleys, where we will visit      particular (The flea market operates every afternoon).
some of the city's most fascinating historic sites,           Rua da Tercena is also lined with antique shops, where
including some very atmospheric shops and eateries that       woodcarvers manufacture beautiful replicas of antique
look as if they belong to another era…                        Chinese furniture, just like their forefathers did hundreds
                                                              of years ago. Each of this tiny, old shops is like a treasure
Our day starts at the bus stop, next to Ponte No. 16 /        throve, packed from floor to ceiling...
Sofitel Macau, on Rua das Lorchas: You can get here with
any of the following bus routes: 2, 3, 3A, 5, 16, 26, 26A     From Rua da Tercena you can cross to Rua de S. Paulo
and 33.                                                       through one of the small alleys that connect the two
.                                                             streets. Turn left to Rua de S. Paulo and walk along it. The
From the bus stop, walk a few steps up the street             street's name changes to Rua de Santo António and you
(Northward: The harbor and the hotel-complex should be        will see some nice arts and crafts galleries around this
on your left side) and turn right into tiny Rua de Miguel     area, as well as some traditional shops that specialize in
Aires. Cross Rua do Guimaraes and continue walking            Chinese tea and herbal medicines. Walk to the end of
straight to Rua Cinco de Outubro, passing through Largo       Rua de Santo António and you will arrive at some
do Pagode do Bazar.                                           interesting spots, like St. Anthony Church (Santo Antonio),
                                                              Luis de Camoes Garden, Casa Garden and the Old
Here, where the old Chinese bazaar is located, there is a     Protestant Cemetery.
small flea market where you can fetch some knick knacks
and other bargains... Not shockingly impressive, but          Named after Portugal's national poet, Luís de Camões,
worth a visit nonetheless.                                    lovely Luis de Camoes Garden offers its visitors a green
                                                              lung with rocky landscapes and nice city views, and
 Tip: Take a short walk along Rua de Cinco de Outubro         although it is one of the city's less known attractions, it is
 and look at the old fashioned shops and cafés, before        well worth visiting...
 you continue... Those family-run shops, which are
 almost like living history, is where the soul of Macau       The main draw here is the grotto where the legendary
 really lies... Tai Long Fong is a 70 years old teahouse      poet worked on his famous epic poem, Os Lusíadas ("The
 where you can enjoy an authentic "yum cha" with              Lusiads"), during the time he lived in Macau. Right at the
 delicious, old-style dim sums, while watching a              entrance to the grotto there is a 19th century bust,
 Cantonese opera performance. Nam Peng Café, just a           commemorating Camões and his famous poem.
 few doors away, is another culinary institution that
 has been serving old school food for God knows how           Casa Garden, next to the entrance to Camoes Garden, is
 many years… Their egg-ham-and-roasted pork                   an imposing colonial villa, encircled by a lovely garden,
 sandwiches are legendary, and so are their small             that was built in 1770 by a well-heeled Portuguese
 doughnuts and other breakfast stuff…                         merchant.

Cross Rua de Cinco de Outubro and enter Rua das               Next door, in the Old Protestant Cemetery, you can see
Estalagens. You have now entered Macau's old city: A          some detailed tombstones that tell the stories of famous
labyrinth of small streets and alleyways, packed with         figures from Macau's early days, and although the
traditional shops that sell a wide range of antiques,         cemetery is small, it is quite "atmospheric" and certainly
reproductions and other authentic products... From old        justifies a short visit...
Portuguese stamps and coins to Chinese furniture,
St. Anthony Church (Santo Antonio), across the street             From the museum, walk along Belchior Carneiro Street to
from the park, is one of Macau's three oldest churches,           the roundabout where you turn left to Estrada do
and while the current building is less than 100 years old,        Repouso (after crossing the street) and walk down to the
its predecessors date back to the mid-16th century.               Fire Services Museum (Museu dos Bombeiros) on the
                                                                  corner of Estrada de Coelho do Amaral. Occupying a
Walk back through Rua de Santo António and Rua de S.              1920s European building, this small museum showcases
Paulo, turn left to Calcada de S. Francisco Xavier and            the history of Macau's fire-fighting services and is worth
climb the steep street to tiny Na Tcha Temple which was           visiting, especially if you are accompanied by kids who
built in 1888 in an attempt to stop a plague that                 might show interest in the old vehicles.
devastated the city. Next to the tiny temple, you can see
a small section of the old city walls that managed to              Daily, 10am - 6pm, Admission is free
survived the years...
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The Ruins of St. Paul's is literally a stone's throw from Na
Tcha Temple and the old city walls…
                                                                  Walk back Estrada do Repouso, up the hill to the
Standing atop of a massive flight of stone stairs, the            roundabout, where you turn left to Rua de Tomas Vieira
impressive southern façade of the Ruins of St. Paul's, one        (Estrada do Cemiterio) and proceed to St. Michael
of Macau's best known and most photographed                       Cemetery: Macau's largest Catholic cemetery is a
landmark, is the only remain of St. Paul's Cathedral and          fascinating example of the city's cultural diversity, with
College, which was built by the Jesuits between 1582 and          lavishly ornamented tombs that combine Chinese and
1602 and was the largest Catholic church in Asia at the           European motifs. The 1875 chapel at the centre of the
time... The intricate carvings on the façade were done            cemetery has some nice stained-glass windows that are
between 1620 and 1627 by Japanese Christians in exile             worth paying attention to.
from their homeland and local craftsmen, under the
direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola.                        Continue walking down along Estrada do Cemiterio and
                                                                  turn left to Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida,
The Museum of sacred art and Crypt, at the back side of           where some nice 1920s neo-classical buildings are
the façade, displays items of high historical and artistic        standing, facing a large piazza. Housed in one of those old
value from the 16th to the 19th centuries (mostly related         buildings, the Tap Seac Gallery hosts various art
to the history of the catholic missions in the region).           exhibitions and while it mainly promotes local artists, it
                                                                  also showcases art from abroad.
The Museum is open daily, 9 am - 6 pm and the entrance is free.
                                                                   Daily, 10am - 7pm, Admission is free, Website
The Museum of Macau, right next to Ruins of St. Paul's, is
our next destination. Built within the ramparts of                Continue walking up along Avenida do Conselheiro
Fortaleza do Monte (Mount fortress), Macau's historical           Ferreira de Almeida, for another minute or two, and you
military headquarters, this fantastic museum displays the         will get to Lou Lim Leoc Garden, a lovely little park with
territory's history, from prehistoric eras to our days, in        Chinese landscaping that was built by a well-off 19th
quite a fascinating way and with special focus on the city's      century merchant, and although it is slightly rundown, it's
different communities and their cultures.                         still worth a visit, boasting lotus ponds with gold fish,
                                                                  Chinese pavilions, bridges and winding paths...
 Daily (except Monday), 10am - 6pm, Admission fees apply,
Website                                                           Occupying a nice colonial villa, next to the garden, the
                                                                  Macau Tea Culture House (Casa Cultural de Cha de
  Offering 50% off and 'Buy 1, get 1 free' discounts at           Macau) tells the story of Macau's rich tea culture through
  nearly 100 of Hong Kong's top restaurants, shops                a range of exhibitions...
  and spas, the Hong Kong Card includes plenty of
                                                                   Open daily (except Monday), 9 am - 7 pm and entrance is free,
  quality dining options, and is really easy to use.              Website
  What's more, it comes with a handy pocket-sized
  city guide that was written by locals and resident              From the garden, cross Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de
  expats and covers everything, from transport and                Almeida, enter Estrada de Adolfo Loureiro and, at its end,
  attractions, to culture, shopping and nightlife…                turn left to Avenida Sidonio Pais, where you will find Dr.
                                                                  Sun Yat Sen Memorial House.
Occupying an oriental manor on Avenida Sidonio Pais,               4. Macau's 'must sees'
opposite Guia Hill, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial House is
dedicated to the ideology and philosophy of Dr. Sun Yat-           Summary: This trip is particularly recommended for
sen, a legendary Chinese political leader and                      those of you who want to see Macau in one day, as it
groundbreaker who played a major role in bringing the              passes through the city's most popular attractions and
Qing regime to its end, in 1911, and transferring China            sightseeing-spots
from a monarchy to a republic.
                                                                   Our day starts at Senado Square (Largo do Senado): A
Sun, who is usually described as the "father of modern             large Portuguese-style piazza that sits right at the heart of
China", stayed in this house in Macau for two years,               the city and is surrounded by many heritage sites, as well
between 1892 and 1894.                                             as cafés, restaurants, market lanes and shops...
 Daily (except Tuesday), 10am - 5pm, Free entrance, More info
(Wikipedia)                                                        As you enter the square from Avenida Almeida Ribeiro,
                                                                   walk pass the bright white neo-classical building of The
  Click HERE to find some of the best rates for                    Holy House of Mercy, where The Holy House of Mercy
  hostels and low-cost accommodations in Hong                      Institution was founded in 1569 by the first bishop of
  Kong and Asia !                                                  Macau, Dom Belchior Carneiro, in order to provide
                                                                   medical services and other charitable assistance to the
                                                                   community (This was actually the first western-style
Guia Hill, our last destination for today, is one of Macau's       hospital in China) and turn right to Travessa de S.
tallest, greenest and most picturesque hills, and boasts a         Domingos, a short lane that will lead you to the small
few attractions that are well worth seeing…                        piazza of Largo da Se, where the impressive Cathedral can
                                                                   be found. The main reason for visiting the Cathedral are
At the foot of the hill, as you enter from Avenida Sidonio         its stained-glass windows. Otherwise, there is also a small
Pais, there is a nice park with a small zoo (somewhat              private museum in the adjacent Bishop's Palace (Ask the
rundown), an aviary and some landscaped gardens with               guard to see it and he will let you in).
manmade cascades... From here, you can take a short
cable car ride to the upper side of the hill, and enjoy nice
views on the way...                                                  Hong Kong Day Trips
                                                                     Discover Asia's World City with those who
The Guia Hill Municipal Park, up on top of the hill,                 know it best !
provides some fabulous cityscape and harbor views, as
well as lovely walking trails. The best part of the visit to
the hill, however, is the imposing Guia Fortress and its           A stone's throw from the Cathedral, on Travessa da Sé, is
chapel, that were erected in the early 1600s, following a          Lou Kau Mansion: Built in 1889 as the residence of one of
failed raid attempt by the Dutch.                                  Macau's wealthiest traders, this magnificent court-yard
                                                                   house features an excellent example of typical Chinese
The lighthouse was built in the 1860s and is the first             mansion architecture, right in the middle of Portuguese
western style lighthouse on the China coast.                       Macau. The wood screens, the stained-glass windows
                                                                   and the porches are all very interesting.
Another place of interest on Guia Hill are the underground
tunnels (or the Air Raid Shelters, as they are commonly            Lemon Cello Gellato, which is just a step away, serves
known).                                                            some of the best Italian ice cream in Macau.

 The cable car runs every day (except Monday), 8 am - 6 pm, and    Daily (except Monday), 9am to 5pm, Free Entrance, Short article
the trip costs MOP$ 3 - one way or MOP$ 5 - return.                about the history of the place

                                                                   Walk to the end of Travessa da Sé, turn left and you will
  The See Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass                     reach Santo Domingo Church: Nestled at the inner end of
  is truly GREAT for those of you who wish to make                 Senado Square, this beautiful church was originally built in
  the most of their precious holiday time… You can                 the late 16th century, although the present Baroque-
                                                                   Filipino building, with its cream-beige façade and green
  jump aboard the Big Bus for an open-top ride
                                                                   louvers, dates back to 1828… There is also a small
  around Hong Kong’s famous landmarks, or ride                     museum here with beautiful religious exhibits from the
  the world’s famous Peak Tram, visit one (or more)                history of the Roman-catholic church in Asia.
  of Hong Kong's many museums, enjoy a scenic
  balloon flight, take a dim-sum cooking class,                     Daily, morning till evening, Entry is free
  travel by the Turbojet to Macau, visit Macau
  Tower and much more…
 Tip: Largo Senado and the small alleys around it house
 some very nice eateries and cafés… Leitaria I Son,               Nestled on the slopes of a rocky hill, facing Macau's inner
 near the central post office, on the corner of Avenida           harbor, the temple boasts some prayer halls, pavilions
 Ribeiro, is a popular local eatery that serves milk-             and courtyards, connected by winding paths that run
 based puddings and desserts, as well as other                    through moon gates and tiny gardens (some of the prayer
 favorites. Wong Chi Kei serves some of the most                  halls are dedicated to other deities). Garden spots, built
 delicious Cantonese noodle dishes in Macau. Boa                  into the cliff behind the temple, provide some excellent
 Mesa, on Travessa de S. Domingos, is a small café that           views.
 serves excellent Portuguese fare in a nice and homey
                                                                   Daily, morning till evening, Free entrance
 environment, while Platao, another great restaurant
 on this tiny street, has a lovely outdoor courtyard
                                                                  Macau's Portuguese restaurants pride themselves for
 where you can dine "alfresco" or enjoy a sundowner,
                                                                  serving "the best Portuguese food outside Portugal"…
 and La Bonne Heure is a lovely bistro-style restaurant,
                                                                  What's more, the city's old restaurants also serve "real"
 serving fabulous French cuisine in an elegant
                                                                  Macanese cuisine, which blends the flavors of Portugal,
 environment.
                                                                  China and the lusophone colonies…
Turn left as you leave Santo Domingo Church and then left
again, to Rua da Palha, which will take you to Rua de S.          A Lorcha and Restaurante Litoral, near A-ma Temple, are
Paulo and Ruins of St. Paul's.                                    both very recommended

                                                                   Daily, for lunch and dinner, A-Lorcha: 2831 3193/5, Restaurante
Standing atop of a massive flight of stone stairs, the            Litoral : 2896 7878
impressive southern façade of the Ruins of St. Paul's, one
of Macau's best known and most photographed                       We will now move to our next destination, the Macau
landmark, is the only remain of St. Paul's Cathedral and          Grand Prix Museum: From the bus terminus next to A-Ma
College, which was built by the Jesuits between 1582 and          Temple, take bus Nos. 10 (better option: Drop off at
1602 and was the largest Catholic church in Asia at the           "Centro de actividades turisticas", right outside the
time... The intricate carvings on the façade were done            museum), or 10A (drop off on Rua de Malaca, which is a
between 1620 and 1627 by Japanese Christians in exile             few minutes' walk away).
from their homeland and local craftsmen, under the
direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola.                        This small yet fabulous museum allows you to stroll
                                                                  through all those legendary cars and bikes that made
The Museum of sacred art and Crypt, at the back side of           history on one of the world's most demanding street
the façade, displays items of high historical and artistic        tracks - Macau's Guia Circuit, and see those vehicles that
value from the 16th to the 19th centuries (mostly related         were once driven by icons like Ayrton Senna, Michael and
to the history of the catholic missions in the region).           Ralf Schumacher, and David Coulthard, alongside some
                                                                  antique cars that participated in the first years of the
The Museum is open daily, 9 am - 6 pm and the entrance is free.
                                                                  Macau Grand Prix.
The Museum of Macau, right next to Ruins of St. Paul's, is         Daily (except Tuesday) 10am - 6pm, Admission fees apply
our last destination for today. Built within the ramparts of
Fortaleza do Monte (Mount fortress), Macau's historical             How to find the best deals in Asia ?
military headquarters, this fantastic museum displays the           Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-
territory's history, from prehistoric eras to our days, in          websites and get the BEST rates for accommodation
quite a fascinating way and with special focus on the city's        in Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok,
different communities and their cultures.                           Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Taipei and Asia!
 Daily (except Monday), 10am - 6pm, Admission fees apply,
Website
                                                                  Our next destination is Taipa Village: Take bus No. 28-A
  Click HERE to find some of the best rates for                   from outside the museum and drop off at either Rua do
  hostels and low-cost accommodations in Hong                     Cunha or "Escola Luso Chinesa da Taipa" (Next to the
  Kong and Asia !                                                 small Tin Hau Temple).

Walk back to Senado Square, cross Avenida Almeida                 The historic "village" of Taipa boasts a small cluster of
Ribeiro to the other side and catch a bus (Nos. 2, 5, 7, 10,      narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along
10A, 11 or 21A) to our next destination: A-ma Temple,             them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green… Peep
one of Macau's oldest and most significant temples,               into small traditional shops that look as if they belong to
which was originally built in 1488 to commemorate a               another era, or enjoy some scrumptious food at one of
miracle in which A-ma, the mythic protector of fishermen,         the authentic Portuguese/Macanese restaurants, or at
saved a boat from racking.                                        one of the numerous eateries…
From Rua Correia da Silva, where the bus stops, enter Rua               City of Dreams (COD), just across the street from the
dos Negociantes (or to Travessa da Felicidade) and turn                 Venetian, is the latest thing in Macau's casino scene and
right to Rua dos Mercadores. From Rua dos Mercadores                    one of the hippest of the city attractions. Other than
turn left to Travessa dos Mercadores and walk along it to               three hotels and a luxury apartment tower, the complex
its end, than turn right to Rua de S. Joao and walk along it,           boasts a mega-casino and a glittering shopping mall, as
via Largo das Virtudes and Largo Maia de Magalhães, all                 well as a range of up class dining and entertainment
the way to the village's main street, Rua da Cunha. On                  venues…
Rua de Cunha, as well as on the small streets around it,
you will find a variety of small restaurants and eateries               "The House of Dancing Water", one of the world's most
that serve all sorts of lovely foods... Portuguese,                     spectacular extravaganzas, is permanently staged at the
Macanese, Chinese... you name it. The Chinese pastry                    City of Dreams and is well worth watching.
shops around this area are also a must try...
(Tip: You don't necessarily have to follow this route… feel free to      24/7, Free entry (excluding the shows), sFor more information
stroll through the alleys as you please…)                               about "The House of Dancing Water" show, visit their website, or click
                                                                        here to book/purchase a ticket (You can see the shows-schedule for
                                                                        the first quarter of 2012 here)
Recommended restaurants in Taipa Village include
Restaurante Dumbo and Cozinha Pinocchio (two iconic                       Make the most of your stay in Macau with the See
restaurants that specialize in Portuguese and Macanese                    Macau Attractions Pass ! Click here for more details !
food), as well as homey Portuguese eateries like A
Petisqueira, O Santos and O' Manuel cozinha                             5. A day trip in Taipa and Coloane
Portuguesa… You should also visit Pasteleria Koi Kei, for
Chinese Almond Cookies and freshly made pork, or beef                   Although they are just a few miles from town, Macau's
jerkies, and Gelatina Mok Yi Kei, where you can enjoy an                two islands, Taipa and Coloane, boast very different
array of local desserts and refreshments.                               scenes and ambience, including some authentic
                                                                        "villages", beautiful beaches, green hills and even great
From Rua da Cunha, walk to Rua da Ponte Negra and turn                  family attractions…
left, to Avenida Olimpica and Macau Stadium, from where
you can catch bus Nos. 21, 25, 26 or 26A and travel to our              Coloane Village, our first destination for today, is Macau's
last destination for today: The Venetian and City of                    most rustic and authentic precinct, boasting drowsy and
Dreams                                                                  mellow lifestyle that has changed little with the passage
                                                                        of time, and beautiful architecture that is reflected in the
  The See Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass                          old houses, the churches and the temples…
  is truly GREAT for those of you who wish to make
  the most of their precious holiday time… You can                      How to get to Coloane Village:
  jump aboard the Big Bus for an open-top ride
                                                                        From A-Ma Temple: Nos. 21, 21A and 26
  around Hong Kong’s famous landmarks, or ride
  the world’s famous Peak Tram, visit one (or more)                     From the City Centre (Almeida Ribeiro and Largo Senado): 21A
  of Hong Kong's many museums, enjoy a scenic                           and 26A
  balloon flight, take a dim-sum cooking class,
                                                                        From downtown hotels (Lisboa, Grand Lisboa and Wynn): 21A
  travel by the Turbojet to Macau, visit Macau
                                                                        and 26A
  Tower and much more…
                                                                        From Macau Tower : No. 21
Housed within the luxurious Venetian Macau Resort, in
Cotai Strip, the über-grandiose Venetian is the world's                 From Avenida Olimpica/Macau Stadium (Northern entry to
current largest casino, with almost 600,000 square feet of              "Taipa Village" and Rua do Cunha): Nos. 25, 26 and 26A
gambling space, 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling
                                                                        From The Venetian and City of Dreams : 15, 21, 21A 25, 26 and
tables, spread over four themed gaming areas…                           26A

Other than virtually endless gambling options, the                      Drop off the bus at the Village Square and take a minute
Venetian is also home to one of Macau's most                            walk to the seaside promenade. On your right hand side
extravagant shopping precincts - The Grand Canal                        you will see Lord Stow's Bakery: A local "institution",
shoppes, where you can find a plethora of international                 which made a name for itself as the best place in Macau
boutiques, as well as excellent restaurants, cafes, bars                for Portuguese egg-tarts (Pastéis de nata)... Lord Stow's
and world-class entertainment.                                          also run a proper café, just a few steps from there, where
 24/7, Free entry (excluding some shows), For information about        you can seat comfortably and enjoy these mouthwatering
dining and nightlife options at the Venetian's "Grand Canal Shoppes",   pastries with a decent cup of coffee, or a luscious
click here.                                                             sandwich.
Turn left as soon as you reach the esplanade and walk         Perched just below the peak of Macau's highest hill, A-Ma
along it for a couple of minutes, till you get to a small     Cultural Village is, possibly, Macau's most impressive
cobblestone paved piazza, where the Chapel of St. Francis     religious site.
Xavier stands. This historic chapel houses some ancient
Catholic relics that are well worth seeing.                   Devoted to A-Ma, the legendary protector of sailors and
                                                              seafarers and Macau's most beloved deity, this imposing
As soon as you walk out of the chapel, turn left to the       complex is a beautiful replica of a Qing dynasty palace
alley and on the fourth alley turn left again, to Travessa    compound, and is packed with finely detailed statues,
do Pagode, where you can visit a small Chinese temple         lavishly decorated shrines, reliefs and other "gems"…
that was built in honor of Kun Iam (The Chinese goddess       There is no doubt the developers did not spare any detail
of mercy) and became popular thanks to its beautiful          in creating an impressive monument for their beloved
moon-gate, which makes a nice photo backdrop.                 goddess.

Turn right to Rua do Estaleiro and left to Travessa da         Daily, 8am – 6pm, An article about A-Ma Cultural Village and its
                                                              vicinity.
Republica, which will take you to Tin Hau Temple. The
temple, which was built in 1677, is Coloane Island's most
ancient temple and, as can be expected from a
community of fishermen, it is dedicated to Tin Hau, the         Offering 50% off and 'Buy 1, get 1 free' discounts
mythological protector of seafarers (Who is better known        at nearly 100 of Hong Kong's top restaurants,
locally as A-Ma).                                               shops and spas, the Hong Kong Card includes
                                                                plenty of quality dining options, and is really easy
Walk back the same way you came, turn left to Rua do            to use. What's more, it comes with a handy
Estaleiro and proceed along it to the end, where a small
                                                                pocket-sized city guide that was written by locals
and colorful Chinese temple can be seen. Dedicated to
                                                                and resident expats and covers everything, from
Tam Kong, the Taoist protector of fishermen and sailors,
the temple contains some beautiful pieces of art,               transport and attractions, to culture, shopping
including an ancient model of a boat, made from                 and nightlife…
whalebone.
                                                              Go back to the same bus stop (opposite the petrol
From here, walk back along the sea, through Avenida de
                                                              station) and take any bus that comes to Seac Pai Van Park
Cinco de Outubro, pass the piazza and Lord Stow's Café, to
                                                              and our next destination, the Macau Giant Panda
the village's northernmost end. A minute after passing the
                                                              Pavilion, which seems to be one of the territory's hottest
famous café you will arrive at another tiny Chinese
                                                              attractions nowadays and gives visitors a chance to get a
temple, called Sam Seng Temple, which can be noticed
                                                              good glimpse into the daily lives of one of the world's
only thanks to the stone lions who guard its gate.
                                                              cutest and most endangered animals.
The street will then lead you to an almost deserted pier,
                                                              The dwellers of the pavilion, Kai Kai and Xin Xin, are two
surrounded by stilt houses, where local fishermen still
                                                              cute pandas that came here from mainland China. Only a
salt-dry their catch the traditional way and sell them from
                                                              limited number of visitors can enter at any given time,
open racks...
                                                              and each "session" lasts only 20 minutes or so, after
                                                              which the pandas can rest a bit…
A short stroll will take you back to the Village Square,
where you can board bus Nos. 15, 21, 21A 25, 26 or 26A         Daily, except Monday (unless that Monday is a public holiday)
and move to our next destination: A-Ma Cultural Village       from 10am to 5pm (admission until 4:45pm) and the viewing sessions
                                                              are 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5. Admission fees apply (buy
                                                              your tickets in advance through the website )
  How to find the best deals in Asia ?
  Instantly compare the world's leading hotel-                As soon as you leave Seac Pai Van Park (Where the
  websites and get the BEST rates for                         pavilion is), cross the street to the same bus stop and take
  accommodation in Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai,                bus No. 15 to Taipa Village.
  Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur,
  Seoul, Taipei and throughout Asia!                          The historic "village" of Taipa boasts a small cluster of
                                                              narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along
                                                              them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green… Peep
Drop off at the bus stop opposite an Esso petrol station      into small traditional shops that look as if they belong to
and a Chinese-style gate, not far from Coloane Village,       another era, or enjoy some scrumptious food at one of
cross the road and walk to the small parking lot next to      the authentic Portuguese/Macanese restaurants, or at
the Chinese gate, from where you can catch the FREE           one of the numerous eateries…
half-hourly minibus to the hilltop Cultural Village.
Drop off at the bus stop of "Escola Luso Chinesa da Taipa"    Other than virtually endless gambling options, the
(Next to the small Tin Hau Temple), which is just a           Venetian is also home to one of Macau's most
heartbeat from the Museum of Taipa and Coloane                extravagant shopping precincts - The Grand Canal
History.                                                      shoppes, where you can find a plethora of international
                                                              boutiques, as well as excellent restaurants, cafes, bars
Housed in a 1920s colonial building, this museum focuses      and world-class entertainment.
on the history of Macau's two islands, Taipa and Coloane,
from the early civilizations that existed here more than       24/7, Free entry (excluding some shows), For information about
                                                              dining and nightlife options at the Venetian's "Grand Canal Shoppes",
5,000 years ago, until our days. Exhibits include             click here.
archaeological findings from the excavations on Coloane
Island, precious religious items, both western and            City of Dreams (COD), just across the street from the
eastern, old maps and charts, and plenty of historical        Venetian, is the latest thing in Macau's casino scene and
objects.                                                      one of the hippest of the city attractions. Other than
                                                              three hotels and a luxury apartment tower, the complex
 Daily (except Monday) 10am – 6pm, Admission fees apply,
Website
                                                              boasts a mega-casino and a glittering shopping mall, as
                                                              well as a range of up class dining and entertainment
From the museum, walk a few steps down Rua Correia da         venues…
Silva, turn left to Rua dos Negociantes (or to Travessa da
Felicidade) and right to Rua dos Mercadores. From Rua         "The House of Dancing Water", one of the world's most
dos Mercadores turn left to Travessa dos Mercadores and       spectacular extravaganzas, is permanently staged at the
walk along it to its end, than turn right to Rua de S. Joao   City of Dreams and is well worth watching.
and walk along it, via Largo das Virtudes and Largo Maia       24/7, Free entry (excluding the shows), sFor more information
de Magalhães, all the way to the village's main street, Rua   about "The House of Dancing Water" show, visit their website, or click
da Cunha. On Rua de Cunha, as well as on the small            here to book/purchase a ticket (You can see the shows-schedule for
streets around it, you will find a variety of small           the first quarter of 2012 here)
restaurants and eateries that serve all sorts of lovely         Make the most of your stay in Macau with the See
foods... Portuguese, Macanese, Chinese... you name it.          Macau Attractions Pass ! Click here for more details !
The Chinese pastry shops around this area are also a must
try...                                                        Supplement: A night out in Macau
  Do you know? We have a whole range of free                  Macau has long become one of Asia's nightlife capitals,
  eBooks and mini-city-guides about Asia's most               but other than ostentatious casinos, it also offers its
  popular city destinations... Click HERE to view and         visitors a wide plethora of restaurants, cafés, bars and
  download them.                                              world-class entertainment… Here are two nice evening
                                                              itineraries which we prepared for you...

Recommended restaurants include Restaurante Dumbo             1. Itinerary A
and Cozinha Pinocchio (two iconic restaurants that            Pousada de São Tiago, where our evening starts, is an
specialize in Portuguese and Macanese food), as well as       atmospheric Portuguese-style boutique hotel that was
homey Portuguese eateries like A Petisqueira, O Santos        built within the ramparts of the 1620s Barra Fort, one of
and O' Manuel cozinha Portuguesa… You should also visit       colonial Macau's most strategic strongholds, and boasts a
Pasteleria Koi Kei, for Chinese Almond Cookies and freshly    lovely terrace-café where you can have your sundowner
made pork, or beef jerkies, and Gelatina Mok Yi Kei,          alfresco and enjoy the views over Macau's inner harbour
where you can enjoy an array of local desserts and            (Porto Interior).
refreshments.
                                                              To get here: Bus Nos. 6, 9 and 28B stop right next to the
From Rua da Cunha, walk to Rua da Ponte Negra and turn        hotel, or you can take a short walk from the bus terminus
left, to Avenida Olimpica and Macau Stadium, from where       outside A-Ma Temple (see instructions on tour No. 1
you can catch bus Nos. 21, 25, 26 or 26A and travel to our    above).
last destination for today: The Venetian and City of
Dreams                                                        From here you can take bus nos. 6 or 28B from outside
                                                              the hotel to the city centre (Drop off near the corner of
Housed within the luxurious Venetian Macau Resort, in         Av. Da Praia Grande and Av. de Almeida Ribeiro and walk
Cotai Strip, the über-grandiose Venetian is the world's       to Senado Square), or take a few minutes' walk to the bus
current largest casino, with almost 600,000 square feet of    terminus outside A-Ma Temple and travel from there to
gambling space, 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling          Senado Square (Largo Senado) with any of the following
tables, spread over four themed gaming areas…                 bus routes: 2, 5, 7, 10, 10A, 11, 18 and 21A
Located right at the heart of the city, this large            And while you are at the Wynn, do not miss the other free
Portuguese-style piazza is surrounded by many heritage        (and thrilling) attractions this glitzy hotel has to offer,
sites, as well as coffee shops, restaurants, market lanes     such as the "Tree of Prosperity Show" and the "Dragon of
and shops, and it's always busy with people...                Fortune", as well as the "Moon Jellyfish Aquarium".

Travessa de S. Domingos, a small alley off the square,        The Docas (Docks), which is more commonly known as
boasts a few good wine & dine venues, where you can           Macau LKF (after Hong Kong's famous nightlife district), is
have dinner... Boa Mesa is a small café that serves           one of the city's most lively dining and nightlife areas, and
excellent Portuguese fare in a nice and homey                 our last destination for this evening… It is just a ten
environment... Platao, another great restaurant on this       minutes' walk from the Wynn fountain-show (via Av. 24
tiny street, has a lovely outdoor courtyard where you can     de Junho), but by now you might be too tired to walk, so
dine "alfresco" or enjoy a sundowner, and La Bonne            you can just opt for a cab…
Heure is a lovely bistro-style restaurant that serves
fabulous French cuisine in an elegant environment.            2. Itinerary B

Afonso III, on 11 Rua Central (on the other side of Avenida   Our evening starts at Macau Tower, which rises to an
Almeido Ribeiro), serves delicious Portuguese fare at a       impressive height of 338m and is one of, if not the most
relatively reasonable price.                                  popular of Macau attractions… Head to the observation
                                                              decks, from where you can get breathtaking sunset views
After dinner, take a short stroll through the old and         over Macau and its environs...
atmospheric streets around Largo Senado… Climb
Travessa de S. Domingos to the small piazza of Largo da        Daily, until 9pm, Website – Macau Tower
Se, where the Cathedral is located. Turn left to Travessa     To get to Macau Tower:
da Sé and walk pass Lou Kau Mansion (don't forget to
enjoy some delicious Italian ice cream at Lemon Cello         From the City Centre (Almeida Ribeiro and Largo Senado): Walk
Gellato, next door) to Rua da Palha, which will take you      to the Lisboa and take the bus from there (see below)
to Rua de S. Paulo and Ruins of St. Paul's: One of Macau's
most photographed sites…                                      From downtown hotels (Lisboa, Grand Lisboa and Wynn): Nos.
                                                              9A, 18 and 23
On your way back to Senado Square you can pass by the
beautiful Baroque-Filipino building of Santo Domingo          From Fisherman's Wharf and Sands Macau (and Macau Grand
                                                              Prix Museum): No. 23
Church, with its cream-beige façade and green louvers…
From Largo Senado turn left to Avenida Almeida Ribeiro
                                                              From here, take bus No. 26 to Avenida Olimpica. Drop off
and walk to the Lisboa.
                                                              at Macau Stadium (Estadio de Macau), cross the street by
  Hong Kong Day Trips                                         the pedestrian bridge, turn left and then, after a few
                                                              steps, right to Rua da Ponte Negra, which will take you to
  Discover Asia's World City with those who                   Rua da Cunha and historic Taipa Village.
  know it best !
                                                              The historic "village" of Taipa boasts a small cluster of
                                                              narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along
The Lisboa, Stanley Ho's world-known casino, has long
                                                              them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green… Peep
become a true "Macau institution" and although it was
                                                              into small traditional shops that look as if they belong to
recently renovated, it still keeps some of its rowdy and
                                                              another era, or enjoy some scrumptious food at one of
chaotic ambience, with smoke-suffocated rooms, loud
                                                              the authentic Portuguese/Macanese restaurants, or at
Chinese gamblers and great cabaret shows... It offers an
                                                              one of the numerous eateries…
unbelievably wide range of games and has one of the
world's highest "per table revenues"…
                                                              Recommended restaurants in Taipa Village include
                                                              Restaurante Dumbo and Cozinha Pinocchio (two iconic
From here, we cross the street to Wynn Macao and the
                                                              restaurants that specialize in Portuguese and Macanese
Wynn fountain-show.
                                                              food), as well as homey Portuguese eateries like A
                                                              Petisqueira, O Santos and O' Manuel cozinha
Developed by the same people who created the
                                                              Portuguesa… If you want something slightly more stylish,
internationally known Bellagio Fountains in Vegas, the
                                                              try Antonio Restaurante or Amagao (one of Macau's most
fountain-show at the Wynn features a beautiful
                                                              sought after "private-kitchen" restaurants – you need to
combination of sound, lights, bursts of fire and water
                                                              book well in advance).
pyrotechnics, and while it is not as extravagant as its
counterpart in Vegas, it is spectacular all the same.
Walk back via Rua da Ponte Negra and turn left, to              24/7, Free entry (excluding some shows), For information about
Avenida Olimpica and Macau Stadium, from where you             dining and nightlife options at the Venetian's "Grand Canal Shoppes",
                                                               click here.
can catch bus Nos. 21, 25, 26 or 26A and travel to our last
destination for today: The Venetian and City of Dreams         City of Dreams (COD), just across the street from the
(or just catch a cab – It's not far anyway).                   Venetian, is the latest thing in Macau's casino scene and
                                                               one of the hippest of the city attractions. Other than
Housed within the luxurious Venetian Macau Resort, in          three hotels and a luxury apartment tower, the complex
Cotai Strip, the über-grandiose Venetian is the world's        boasts a mega-casino and a glittering shopping mall, as
current largest casino, with almost 600,000 square feet of     well as a range of up class dining and entertainment
gambling space, 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling           venues…
tables, spread over four themed gaming areas…
                                                               "The House of Dancing Water", one of the world's most
Other than virtually endless gambling options, the             spectacular extravaganzas, is permanently staged at the
Venetian is also home to one of Macau's most                   City of Dreams and is well worth watching.
extravagant shopping precincts - The Grand Canal
shoppes, where you can find a plethora of international         24/7, Free entry (excluding the shows), sFor more information
boutiques, as well as excellent restaurants, cafes, bars       about "The House of Dancing Water" show, visit their website, or click
                                                               here to book/purchase a ticket (You can see the shows-schedule for
and world-class entertainment.                                 the first quarter of 2012 here)



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Description: This travel guide provides you 5 fully detailed itineraries for day trips in Macau, Including recommended restaurants, shops and attractions, and helps you to make the most of your visit to Asia's most atmospheric city...