Like Hong Kong, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China and is renowned as the casino capital of Asia. It is situated across from Hong Kong and was a Portuguese overseas territory until 1999. The Portuguese influence is quite clear in the cityscape and visitors can be forgiven for mistaking Macau for a European nation if not for the ubiquitous Chinese signs. The densely populated city includes the islands of Coloane and Taipa and is a popular tourist destination in Asia. It is an especially good starting point for tourists who want to explore the Orient.
Macau has a lot to offer even seasoned travellers. One of the most popular local tourist spots is the historic centre. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Spot in 2005, Macau’s historic centre consists of several squares and streets such as the Lilau Square, the Barra Square, St Augustine’s Square, Company of Jesus Square and St Dominic’s Square which are home to numerous monuments.
The highlights of this zone are the A-Ma Temple which existed long before the city. The temple is used as a place of worship by devotees of multiple religions including Buddhists and Taoists; the Moorish Barracks which was constructed in 1884 to house an army regiment from India; Mandarin’s House, home of Zheng Guanying, a prominent figure in Chinese literature, St Lawrence’s Church, Dom Pedro V Theatre and the Sam Kai Vui Kun (Kuan Tai Temple).
Other popular spots include the Macau Museum which is situated inside Mount Fortress and contains many cultural and historical treasures; Camoes Garden and the Garden of Commander Ho Yin, both of which are quiet, tranquil spots where one can simply relax and the Wine Museum along Rua Luis Gonzaga Gomes.
One can get to these tourist spots by taxi or by bus although the best way is on foot. Finding accommodation in a central location can greatly ease the hassles of travel. When it comes to luxury hotels Macau few places are as good as Galaxy Macau Resort Hotel. This Macau hotel is not only known for its excellent service but also boasts a convenient location which makes it the ideal base from which to explore Macau.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.
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