Win a 3 days 2 night trip to Macau Blog ContestThursday, October 30, 2014
In the midst of the busy hectic schedules, many would dream of getaway to somewhere for some rest and relax but for me, it’s to enjoy and immerse into the rich cultures of the destination while explore the fascination of their attraction and the beautiful architectures that lies await to be captured in memories and pictures.
Macau have always fascinated me with its deeply entrenched in rich Portuguese history through its ruins, churches, fortresses. cathedrals, heritage buildings and Museums along with their culinary traditions of its former Portuguese colonial masters, maintaining a subtle unique Mediterranean style on the China coast all connected by an intricate maze of streets, alleys and quaint squares.
A place of unearth treasures in sights, sound and rhythm in the flow of life, Macau is definitely a spot on place to venture and explore in the vast cultural experience as the mixing of the Chinese and Portuguese cultures with religious traditions that lasted more than four centuries, has left Macau with an inimitable collection of holidays, festivals and events. One of the biggest event highlight of the year is the Macau Grand Prix as the main streets in Macau Peninsula are converted to a racetrack which bear much similarities with the Monaco Grand Prix.
As a result of 400 years of interchange between Europe and China, the Historic Centre of Macau has the oldest and best-preserved Western-style buildings with more than 20 buildings and monuments of Portuguese and Chinese origin. Among those is the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral which is said to be destroyed by fire in 1835, all that remains of the former is its magnificent façade that symbolize an emblematic Macau sight and great place to snap those pictures even for pre wedding shoots.
Another place to check out would be the the Macau Fisherman's Wharf as Macau’s first-ever cultural, themed and creative attraction in the tourism industry of Macau. Located in the outer harbour and it is not purely a theme park, but also combines dining, shopping, entertainment, accommodation, convention and exhibition facilities in one single location without the hassle to travelling around to shop or even dine. Impressive building on site including its Coliseum architecture to boost its impressive landmark.
Soaring 338 meters (1,109 ft) in height from ground level to the highest point above the city, the Macau Tower is the 10th highest freestanding tower in the world and the 8th tallest in Asia. At the Outdoor Observation Deck, the Tower dominates the skyline that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Macau cityscape, the Pearl River and some islands of Hong Kong on a clear day. There is also a Revolving Tower Restaurant seating 250 persons which takes 60 minutes to make one revolution. There is also theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities that includes tethered sky jump, bungee jump. Now that is some adrenaline rush for those adventurous enthusiast.
One of the interesting things to see in Macau is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy. Despite being a Chinese deity, the statue is distinctly European in design that sees a resemblance the statues of the Virgin Mary which you can find in Europe. Measuring at 20 meters tall and made of special bronze, the statue dome base like a lotus flower, is an ecumenical centre where collective information is available on Buddhism.
Not forgetting the incredible tasty part of Macau would be its culinary as it consists of a blend of Chinese and Portuguese cuisines. As a result from the spice blends that the wives of Portuguese sailors used in an attempt to replicate European dishes, variety of unique cuisines is created. The cuisine’s ingredients and seasonings include those from Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia, as well as local Chinese ingredients which sees the food is seasoned with various spices and flavours including turmeric, coconut milk, and cinnamon, giving special aromas and tastes. Another yummy savoury would the egg tarts which can be found in all places.
With so many places to go, things to do, food to try, Macau is must visit for the next vacation as there is all year round events & festivals, thanks to the centuries of heritage along with variety of different cuisine from Macanese, Portuguese, Chinese to International. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Macau offers many spectacular views of well preserved building with Western style that prompt shutter bugs to draw their equipment to the majestic sight. The entertainment with shows and adventurous activities that would be a must indulge. Travelling to Macau have never been better with the easy access through flight, by sea or from land if you’re travelling from the mainland directly. There is direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau (17 flights weekly) and visa-free entry. Talk about hassle free for the visa.