During my stay in Paris Macau, the hotel team, the media team, took us on a half-day sightseeing tour of Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour mainly included places not to be missed in Macau. Our guide told us the history of the sites. He knew Chinese and English well. The tour was partly on foot and partly by vehicle, and that allowed us to see more sights.
Macau was a lucrative port of strategic importance for the development of international trade. It was under Portuguese administration from the middle of the 16th century. The historical streets, residential, religious and public buildings, the Old Town of Macau are evidence of aesthetic and cultural influence from East and West. This historical center of Macau is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
5 must see places in Macau
There are various activities in Macau. But if you are in time crunch and have only one day to save, then here is a list of must see places in Macau.
A-Ma Temple, Macau Old Town
The temple is partially obscured by dense tree growth. The exterior does not really show the enormous area volume inside. The entrance to the temple of A-Ma looked worn, but had an old charm. Locals and tourists flock to the temple during opening hours. There are small shrines within the complex. In front of the idols there is a padded mat. People kneel on it to offer their prayers.
Devotees offer incense sticks on a small raised platform just in front of the shrines. We must not go as far as the place where the idols are placed. The sale of incense and other offerings takes place right in front of the deities. There is no store for these items outside the temple
The A-Ma temple is dedicated to Tin Hou, the Chinese goddess of sailors. The temple was built in 1488, even before Macau came into being. It is located on the western slope of the Barra Hill. If you visit the interior after passing the gate pavilion, you should not miss the following points: the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence, the Guan Hall and the Zheng Iquiao Chanlin Buddhist Pavilion.
As you walk up the path towards the Hall of Guan, you will see engraved rocks that have inscriptions of poems about the history and culture of Macau.
Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau
This is an unforgettable sight that I saw in Macau. The facade of the church of St. Paul stood tall and strong for several decades. This place also seemed to be a popular meeting place for tourists and selfie shoppers. With the facade on the back, they continued to snap.
This solitary structure is the only reminder of the existence of St. Paul’s College and St. Paul’s Church, a 17th-century Portuguese church built in 1602-1640. Unfortunately, in 1835 everything was finished by fire. Today it is located on a small hill with 68 stone steps leading to it and withstanding the wear of weather and bad weather. The facade is filled with sculptures depicting several stories, having a diameter of 23 m and a height of 25.5 m, divided into 5 tiers. Like other facades of the cathedral, in this one the upper tiers gradually narrow to a triangular pediment in the upper part. This symbolizes the ultimate state of Divine Ascension – the Holy Spirit.
The college had developed an academic program that included subjects such as theology, mathematics, geography, Chinese, Portuguese, Latin, astronomy and various other disciplines. Missionaries of this college followed the Roman Catholic work in China, Japan and throughout the region.
Tour of Senate Square, Macau
This is an activity that I like the most in every new city. We walked from the ruins of St. Paul to Senado Square. The streets are lined with shops selling a wide variety of animals. Most stores offer a free sample of the subjects that they bake for tasting. The entire Senado Square is paved with tiles that I have heard are so similar to those in Lisbon, Portugal. This should be, because Macau was ruled by the Portuguese for 500 years.
The square is named after Leal Senado, a meeting place for Chinese and Portuguese in the 16th to 18th centuries. Most of the buildings around the square are in European style and are on the list of protected monuments. Today, several major events are held in Macau on Senado Square. Festivals, flea markets and shows are held here. It may be your visiting time to attend one of these events
Church of St. Dominic, Macau
Just before approaching the Senate Square is the simple but magnificent church of San Domenico. Yellow facade and green windows, not to be missed. A wonderful place to take a piece of ‘peace of peace’ amidst the chaos! This was started in the 16th century by some Dominican priests from Mexico. The Church of St. Dominic is also included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Macau. The main altar inside has the statue of the Madonna and Child.
No tickets are required and photography is allowed.
Bungee Cosumping from Macau Tower
In my opinion, some things are better to see enjoyed than to experience firsthand! The bungee husdumping is one of them. It was the first time I saw bungee live, as I saw A Macau to Iver. A ‘ 70 year old young man, completely tied up, took a very confident position on the edge of the tower and within a split second he went under experiencing free fall! Everyone cheered!
Great, but no thanks, I’m happy without experiencing it. I was too scared to look at the road below. While trying to take a selfie with a friend, I almost forgot my camera bag there. Fortunately, I calmed down in time and took it with me.