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Macau became a home to Portuguese traders in the 16th century and remained under Portuguese influence until it was handed back to China in 1999. Over the years, Portuguese and Chinese cultures blended, giving rise to interesting cuisine, architecture and cultural practices. Today Macau has a definite Cantonese flair but it maintains its own identity distinct from both China and Hong Kong.
Wander the streets of the World Heritage-listed Historic Centre to see some gorgeous colonial architecture. The bright colours and neoclassical designs on Senate Square, the heart of the old town, could leave you thinking that you’re in Portugal.
One of the city’s best-known landmarks is the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll see statues and immaculate gardens as you approach its intricate façade which, along with the stone stairs, is the only remaining part of the building.
Just near the cathedral ruins is Monte Fort, which the Jesuits started building in 1617 for protection against attacks from the sea. It was later adopted as Macau’s main defense structure. You can still see old cannons and fortified walls. Inside, at the Museum of Macau, you’ll find detailed exhibits and an excellent bookstore.
More examples of colonial architecture are over at the Guia Fortress. This historical fort, chapel and lighthouse sits on the highest point of the Macau Peninsula and has excellent views.
For classical Chinese architecture, visit the A-Ma Temple, the oldest temple in Macau. History buffs don’t need to stop there, though. Macau is home to dozens more historical buildings and institutions that range from old Chinese libraries to the Maritime Museum. See the more modern structures of the city as you take in the views from Macau Tower.
In the evenings, check out the Cotai Strip, home to some of the biggest and most impressive casinos in the world. Be sure to see a show at one of many in-house theatres of the casinos, or shop in the upmarket boutiques. When you get hungry, sample some of the local cuisine. Macanese food is some of the most delicious and interesting in Asia.
Macau is one of China’s most unique cities. Its colonial history has left a fascinating legacy around which modern casinos have flourished.
Management need to look in to their Check in counter as I have never experienced a long queue due to Check in at Hotel. I have been waiting for at least 45 min just to check in. This is a 5 stars hotel and this should never have happen. All I can say is that this is their Check in counter Manager ...
The room is big and spacious. Mezza9 on 3/F is the best buffet I've ever had. The all you can eat lobster (the real ones, not the small ones) plus 5 different cooking style to choose from totally worth the price you pay for.
Everything is fantastic about this hotel - except for one thing - the return bus/shuttle from hotel to ferry is poor - there must be a better route to the ferry , to be in the shuttle for one hour , compared to 15mins from the ferry to hotel - where the route is superb , around the outside of the ...
Overall stay is good, just that when i check-out and the reception took quite a long time with the checking. As i was told that how come when i check-in and the reception collected HKD3500 as deposit from me, instead of HKD2500, which i already made a full payment earlier on. I heard the reception ...
Beautiful place at a reasonable price within the area. hotel is about 5-10 minutes walk from sands cotai where the shuttle service to various locations will drop you off at. Will stay at this hotel again if I travel back to Macao.
The staff at the Marriott are really fantastic and friendly. Always a great experience at the front desk. The kids water slide was under repair which is a shame because it’s basically the reason we go there. Our only bad experience was the in room food. It was terrible!! Ridiculously overpriced for ...