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Think Macao (澳门) and food comes to mind.
Portuguese egg tarts, pork chop bun yummy!
Thrill lovers love Macao Tower, walking around the perimeter edge or even bungy jumping (233m tall only crazy!)
At a recent #MACAOonWheelsSG event (organised by Macao Government Tourism Office), we were introduced to more Macao delights. Besides the photo opportunities with the nostalgic Kombi van, we got to try some Portuguese egg tarts too 🙂
Good food, lucky draw and instant photos.
3D2N, 4D3N itinerary, the travel brochures caught my wanderlust attention. I always thought Macao visitors are mostly day trippers from Hong Kong!
Google help me realised that there are many activities (food and shopping not inclusive yet) to keep families engaged for at least two nights. If you are a cultural lover, Macao is packed with much UNESCO Heritage sites! (Singapore only got Botanical Gardens)
Macao is a small city, 25 times smaller than Singapore, separated into two main pieces of estate.
You have Macao Peninsula in the North, and in the South, Taipa, Cotai strip and Coloane Island.
Macao is really a mix of old and new, traditional and modern. Just look at the heritage buildings and the bright skylines. I would go to Macao just for the food and cultural explorations, but let me share some more family friendly attractions which I just discover.
Entertainment and Activities
1) Anim’Arte Nam Van – This is the latest attraction in Macao. Imagine pedaling in the famous Nam Van lake (南湾湖), or enjoying art, leisure, recreation and dining around the waterfront. Enjoy special performances and fun festive-liked activities over the weekends too. Checkout the video here to find out more!
2) The House of Dancing Water
World’s largest and most spectacular water-based show, theater and acrobats takes the audience through 7 emotions – Joy, Anger, Sorrow, Fear, Love, Hate and Desire.
Spectators seated around the “pool” can expect to see action from all corners of the “stage”, I mean pool.
3) Pier 16 Macao 3D World – Kids and families should enjoy posing with 3D landscapes, think TrickEye and Alive museums.
4) Macao Tower – I would never imagine myself spending good money to tempt fate haha, but there are a lot of daredevils out there. My leg wobbles just by looking at the Bungy videos (Youtube)!
You can attempt the slightly less-harmless skywalk!
So many UNESCO Heritage awards in Macao.
5) Senado Square
Traditional Portuguese buildings and pavements made of pretty mosaic. The “Fountain” in the center of Senado Square is a popular photo spot, and the whole town looks like somewhere from the Mediterranean.
6) Ruins of St. Paul’s
We always see this famous backdrop in movies or in friends’ selfie photos.
7) Mandarin’s House (top) and A-Ma Temple (bottom) are very near to each other.
Built before 1869, Mandarin’s House was the home of a famous Chinese ideologist in modern times and late-Qing celebrity (Zheng Guanying)
A-Ma temple is dedicated Mazu, fishermen pray to this Goddess for safe passage.
Coloane Village – Travel further South and you will reach some laid back “village” lifestyle.
Popular attractions will be Coloane Pier, Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, and the famous Kun Iam temple.
8) Rebuilt in 1873, Coloane Pier was an important pier before the bridges were built. Ferries ply between Coloane, Taipa and Macao Peninsula.
9) Chapel of St. Francis Xavier is shaped by Chinese architectural influence. This is similar for most of the “places of prayers in Macao. Even food are a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese cultures.
Watch the world pass by as you enjoy the famous Portuguese Egg Tarts from “Lord Stow Bakery” 🙂
What about shopping requests from my Mrs 🙂
Tourists will be happy with street shopping at S.Domingos District or Three Lamp District.
10) S. Domingos District is a shopping magnet for locals and visitors alike. Fashion, bookstores, sports, outlets and electrical appliance chain stores for everyday needs.
Three Lamp District is one of Macao’s most popular shopping areas and the best place to see how locals live and experience the city’s day-to-day life. Small shops and street vendors sell everything from jewellery, clothes, shoes, cameras and electronic gadgets.
With so much activities and food, one day is never enough to cover Macao 🙂
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