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Things to do in Macau SAR

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Welcome to Macau SAR

Macau is often called the Las Vegas of China, but a visit to the city across the bay from Hong Kong reveals much more than slot machines and blackjack tables. A Portuguese colony for more than three centuries that only became a part of China again in 1999, Macau is a fascinating blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures. Tours down narrow streets inlaid with intricate Portuguese tiles lead to fascinating Chinese temples such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed shrine to A-Ma. Other historic highlights include the Ruins of the Church of St. Paul and the Fortaleza do Monte, part of the UNESCO-listed Macau old city center. Further down the Macau peninsula, you can tour the islands of Taipa, Coloane, and Cotai, each with their own charms, including spectacular fresh seafood restaurants and bakeries serving addictive Portuguese nata (custard tarts). Other popular attractions reveal the city’s modern side, including Macau Tower with its thrilling sky walk and bungee jump. And of course, gambling and thrill-seeking are both on the menu in Macau; if you are indeed in search of the Vegas of Asia, you’ve come to the right place for gambling, over-the-top shows, and indulgent meals featuring an delicious combination of Chinese and Portuguese cuisine.

Top 10 attractions in Macau SAR

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Ruins of St. Paul

Ruins of St. Paul

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One of the most famous landmarks in Macau, the Ruins of St. Paul is all that’s left of a church that was built in 1602 and was destroyed by fire in 1835. All that remains are the iconic stone façade and the grand staircase leading up to it. The ruins form part of the Historic Center of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Macau Tower

Macau Tower

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Reaching a neck-pinching height of 1,109 feet (338 meters), Macau Tower dominates Macau’s skyline and offers sweeping views of the peninsula for over one million visitors per year. Visitors without a fear of heights can rapidly ascend the high-speed, glass-fronted elevator to the tower observation decks on the 58th and 61st floors.More
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Artists performing at the House of Dancing Water in Macau

The House of Dancing Water

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It’s no surprise that the House of the Dancing Water was introduced to Macau by former Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone. Macau’s most spectacular show, staged at City of Dreams, features stunts, acrobatics, and elaborate choreography in a theater that uses as much water as five Olympic-sized swimming pools.More
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A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

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One of the oldest temples in Macau, A-Ma temple was built in 1488 and commemorates A-Ma, goddess of the sea (also known as Mazu and Tin Hau). Featuring multiple prayer pavilions set on different levels of a hill overlooking the Inner Harbour, A-Ma Temple forms part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macao

Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macao

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Centerpiece of a megaresort on Macau’s answer to the Vegas Strip, the Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macao is a half-size replica of the Paris original. There are observation decks on the seventh and 37th floors, and a restaurant, La Chine, on the sixth floor. After dark, the Macau Eiffel Tower lights up in color every 15 minutes.More
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Macao's Historic Centre

Macao's Historic Centre

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Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Macao's Historic Centre includes more than 20 historic and culturally significant sights. From churches and temples to forts and squares, Macao's Historic Centre reflects the area’s rich cultural legacy and its unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences.More
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Warner Bros. Fun Zone at Studio City Macau

Warner Bros. Fun Zone at Studio City Macau

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A 32,000-square-foot (2,973-square-meter) indoor children’s amusement area, Warner Bros. Fun Zone at Studio City Macau is located inside the Studio City casino-and-resort complex. Attractions include a climbing wall, a shooting ride, a raceway, and an arcade center. The Tom & Jerry Picnic Playground caters to toddlers.More
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Kun Iam Statue

Kun Iam Statue

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This 66-foot-tall (20-meter-tall) statue of Guan Yin, Buddhist goddess of mercy, is one of only a few such statues where the goddess faces inland rather than toward the sea. Designed by Portuguese architect Cristina Rocha, the statue stands atop the lotus-shaped Kun Iam Ecumenical Center, home to a library and museum of religious objects.More
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Casino Lisboa

Casino Lisboa

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When the Casino Lisboa first opened in 1970 it set the stage for the gambling legacy that continues to power Macau’s economy to this day. Macau’s original casino, designed to resemble a towering lotus leaf, is home to a hotel, four gaming floors, shopping arcade, restaurants, a swimming pool, and a Parisian-style cabaret show.More
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Lou Lim Ieoc Garden

Lou Lim Ieoc Garden

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Macau’s only Suzhou-style Chinese garden, Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, often attracts locals who come to practice tai chi or play music in what was once the largest private garden in the city. Today the space is a 4.4-acre (1.8-hectare) public park, featuring traditional elements like ponds, bridges, rockeries, pavilions, and pagodas.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Macau SAR

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Cisco was an excellent guide...
Isabelle_v, Jan 2018
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
This tour gave us an excellent first impression into Macau's attractions, both historical and modern worldi.
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This was an amazing tour hosted by...
JOHN H, Oct 2017
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
If you want to see the real Macau -- beyond the glitz and glamour of the casinos -- I highly recommend this tour.
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What an amazing show!
Lewis_J, Jul 2019
The House of Dancing Water Show in Macau
Speaks English badly and just says, "Take a bus across the street.
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Our tour guide, Cisco, was the best...
CarlaMay_K, May 2016
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
He gave many useful info about Macau and its top attractions.
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Great tour. Our tour guide, Cisco...
Gail R, Jun 2014
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
Good to see there is more to Macau than gambling!
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We decided to book our tour the day...
LIMERQUINNIE_B, Jun 2016
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
The whole tour was amazing as we were able to discover Macau's culture, history, some must see places and must activities/experiences.
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Great tour! Francisco was a great...
Lance, Jan 2016
Macau City Sightseeing Tour
This was an English tour but you had a mix of different nationalities.

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When to visit

Lunar New Year is undoubtedly the most colorful and chaotic time to visit Macau, with fireworks, dancing dragon parades, and cultural performances in abundance. But, even outside of the festive period, winter remains the best time to visit, thanks to its moderate weather conditions.

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