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05 Must See Places in Macau - Discover the Marriage of Two Cultures

Macau once colonised by Portuguese is a beautiful amalgamation of Chinese culture and Portuguese influence; from simple architecture to food and culture the place has many points of interest to visit.

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Enjoy the Most Popular Attraction – Casino Hopping

Known as the 'Las Vegas of the East' Macau welcomes a large influx of Chinese and Hong Kong gamblers; in fact, the world's largest casino is believed to be located here. Visit the places at night for a true Las Vegas vibe when colourful neon lights add a warm glow to the neighbourhood. A free shuttle service is offered between the casinos.

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Check out the Grand Resort Deck

The Grand Resort Deck is 75,000 square kilometres and offers the world's longest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride which is 575 metres in length. Easily accessed by guests at Hotel Okura Macau this entertainment venue also boasts the world's biggest Skytop Wave Pool as well as a 350 ton white sand beach – all on the rooftop mind you. Open daily the place is the ultimate adventure entertainment venue that also features white water rapids, beach lagoon, waterfalls, geysers and a kid's zone. The tropical garden is ideal for staying cool and chilling out at the pool.

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Check Out the Foodie Streets

Macau is a fine destination for tantalizing the taste-buds; cuisine that varies between Chinese and Portuguese cultures are yours to savour. Hence you are treated to Portuguese almond cookies and egg tarts as well as dim sum, pork chop buns and crab congee; to name a few. Lord Stow's Bakery and Café is best for Portuguese delights while Taipa Village which is walking distance from the Galaxy offering free shuttle services to guests at nearby Macau hotels. It is best for sampling a mind boggling variety of very delicious snacks. Taipa Village at night is especially charming with its colourful buildings that line the serene streets being lit up with neon lamps.

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Visit Picturesque Senado Square

Traditional Portuguese mosaics adorn this lovely square better known as Largo do Senado. At the time Macau was a Portuguese colony this was the civic centre; in the middle of the square is a pretty water fountain which you can sit close to and admire. Senado Square is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and noted as being part of the historic centre of Macau'. Here too is a good collection of cuisine for foodies to enjoy. A must visit the charming ambience and relaxing vibes of the place is one to cherish.

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Check Out the Ruins of St Paul's

The ruins of this 17th century Portuguese church are located in Santo Antonio; it is one of the city's most iconic attractions, a landmark listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of Macau's historic centre. The ruins that remain are the south façade of the building which was carved around 1620 and 1627 by skilled Japanese Christians who were living there in exile.