Macau is one of the more interesting places to visit in East Asia. While it remains closely tied to China, both geographically and otherwise, it’s technically an autonomous region. The area historically carries both Portuguese and Chinese influence, but is now known largely as popular tourism destination.
Here are some of the fun things to do in Macau:
1. Try The Local Pastries
Because Macau has become something of a hub for high-end entertainment (which we’ll get to in a minute), there’s plenty of fine dining in the area. But more than any five-star meal, it’s the little local tarts at Lord Stow’s Bakery that you’ll want to make sure you try. According to another article they sell around 13,000 a day, which makes these pastries kind of the unofficial treat of Macau. They’re based on Portuguese treats, but were adapted by an English pharmacist (named Andrew Stow), and they’re the perfect little desserts.
2. Visit The Casinos
Video gaming has gained significant ground on actual casinos over the years. Online and mobile casinos offer a ton of variety, and the industry is fast paced and ever changing, meaning there’s always something new to enjoy. But in Macau online gaming quickly becomes an afterthought. This may just be the best casino destination in the world outside of Las Vegas, and you’d be remiss to visit without spending some time on the casino floors. The Venetian Macao, Four Seasons, and City Of Dreams, in particular, are all worth your time.
3. Check Out Some Temples
There’s a perception that Macau is totally commercialized, and it’s easy to see where it comes from. Casino resorts bring a lot of activity and attractions, and in large part the region has become a hub for tourism and entertainment. Even so, there are some beautiful temples that make for wonderful sightseeing stops if you feel like wandering around. A-Ma may be the most impressive of the bunch, having been built in the 1400s, but others like I Leng, Lin Fung, and Na Tcha are a few more you might want to put on your list.
4. Try Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping is definitely a scary activity for a lot of people, and it may even be on the way out. As with some other thrilling experiences, it’s already being worked on by VR developers, resulting in artificial bungee jumping. But if you’re up for the adventure, Macau is actually home to the one of the highest jumps in the world. It’s at Macau Tower, and it allows you to drop about 235 meters.
5. Take in St. Paul’s
As mentioned, there’s some Portuguese influence in Macau due to the fact that it was the Portuguese Empire that originally settled the area in the 16th century. During the next century, the Portuguese built the Church of St. Paul, and though it’s largely in ruins now, the impressive front façade still stands. It’s a unique sight to take in on its own, and should certainly be on your list as you explore Macau.
So if you’ve managed to book a cheap flight to Hong Kong, Guangzhou or even direct to Macau, make sure to spend a few days on the island making your own comparisons to Las Vegas!
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