Macau is the second special administrative region in China after Hong Kong. It is located on the east coast of China and uses the principle of “one country – two systems”. It retains its own capitalist political and economic systems, while the rest of China uses the socialist one.
The former Portuguese colony is now known for its mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture, as well as the development of tourism and the gambling industry.
Here are the first destinations you should see when you are lucky enough to visit Macau. Square Senado
Surrounded by neoclassical buildings painted in soft tones, the square was once the center of Macau. The terrain is decorated with white and blue tiles in a wavy shape. The Portuguese taste is still perceptible in the atmosphere of Macau.
The ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral
It is part of a 17th-century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of the most famous tourist attractions in Macau.
Black Sand Beach
Better known as Hac Sa Beach (black sand in Chinese), it is the longest and most visited beach on Coloan Island (one of the two entering the territory of Macau). The beach has several restaurants and picnic areas, making it an ideal destination for couples and families with children.
The historic center of Macau
The heart of the region has over twenty landmarks that testify to the coexistence of Chinese and Portuguese. Both cultures have created exceptional monuments, squares, gardens, churches, temples. In 2005, the historic center of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Coloan Hiking Trail
It is 8100 meters long and circumnavigates the island of Coloan. In most places it is easy, in some – a little harder, but it is worth walking: for two hours it gives everyone the opportunity to get out of the crowded sights and see views that would otherwise remain hidden from view.
Macau is one of the world’s gambling capitals, and Venice is the largest casino in the world. The complex offers luxury accommodation, an arena with concerts and sporting events and many other pampering and amenities. Although online gaming has become increasingly popular in recent years, Macau and its casinos have enjoyed a steady interest.