10 Reasons to Visit Macau

From its Portuguese heritage to high-flying acrobatics, Macau offers a heady mix of culture, gaming and entertainment.

Jul 24, 2009
Macau Tower, Macau
Opened in 2001, Macau Tower stands 338 metres (about 1,108 feet) tall. The observation deck at the top offers the best views you’ll find in Macau.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Updated April 28, 2013—Macau’s Cotai Strip is Asia’s answer to Las Vegas. With the same potent combination of gaming, entertainment, restaurants and larger-than-life spectacle, the Strip is just one reason to visit this former Portuguese colony. The city’s unique fusion of East and West is another. But if that’s not enough motivation, here are 10 reasons to go.

Water and dance

Macau’s most expensive show is also its most extraordinary. The House of Dancing Water was created and directed by legendary show-maker Franco Dragone and blends elements of theatre, dance, acrobatics and water stunts with Chinese mythologies and other Asian elements.

Gaming odds

With almost 30 world-class casinos, Macau delivers nonstop action. Check out the Plaza Casino to experience the excitement and buzz of Macau’s new generation of casinos on the Cotai Strip.

Macanese cuisine

Many people travel the short distance from Hong Kong to Macau to purchase Portuguese bread and the small Portuguese custard tarts called natas. To sample the Macanese specialty of African chicken, travel no further than Windows at Four Seasons. This baked chicken dish is peppered with a spicy tomato emulsion. And be sure to try Macau’s signature codfish, “bacalhau.”

Historic Macau

Macau’s spot to see and be seen, Senado Square is one of eight charming piazzas in the Historic Centre. Relax over an espresso and people-watch in this Mediterranean-style enclave, lined with pastel neo-classical buildings.

Memorable ruins

A must for any visit to Macau, the Ruinas de Sao Paulo are considered the city’s symbol. The magnificent stone facade and stairway are all that remain of an early 17th-century Macanese church after it was destroyed by fire in 1835.

Local temple

At the southwestern tip of Macau, the cliff-top A-Ma Temple dates back to the early-16th century. Find spiritual insight in pavilions dedicated to different Chinese philosophies, including Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Retail details

Upscale goods at lower prices are part of Macau’s retail reputation. Shops are renowned for offering designer labels at much less than in nearby cities. There’s also generous duty-free shopping, including at The Shoppes at Four Seasons, which features fashions from many high-end designers. Ask the Four Seasons Concierge for insider tips.

Experience history

Bringing to life 400 years of Chinese and Portuguese history, the Macau Museum contrasts its setting in a 17th-century fortress with three floors of state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits.

Greyhound track

For fans of live racing, Macau offers thrilling variety. More than 300 dogs run at the Canidrome, Asia’s only greyhound racing stadium. At the Macau Jockey Club, horses are imported from several countries to inspire international excitement.

Grand Prix racing

The Macau Grand Prix is a November tradition, setting hearts pounding with automobile and motorbike races. Year-round, car connoisseurs can visit the Grand Prix Museum, home to more than 20 Formula 1 masterpieces.


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