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10 Things to do for First Time Visitors in Macau – the best attractions in Macau

The Vegas of Asia, Macau is a spectacular city. A melting pot of cultures, scenery and cuisine – there are so many things for travellers to try. Here are the top 10 things to do for first-time visitors.

1

Visit the casinos

This city is known as the Vegas of Asia for a reason. There are so many casinos in Macau, and they are all stunning. Even if you don't want to gamble, there's plenty of other things to do at the casinos. Enjoy the buffets, take in a show or just swing by for the amazing photo opportunities.

2

Enjoy a 'Venetian' ride

One of the local shopping malls is designed to replicate the streets and canals of Venice, complete with cobblestoned paths, a ceiling painted to look like the evening sky, and gondola rides along a real canal. The mall is enormous and easy to get lost in, perfect if you are only interested in looking around. For serious shoppers, you can find designer brands at every corner.

3

Take in an evening show

The city puts on incredible shows from singing and dance performances to operas and magic shows. You could easily fill your entire day with the array of shows that take place around the city. The light shows in front of many hotels and casinos are beautiful to watch, and if you're lucky you may even spot fireworks.

4

Explore Senado Square

One of the city's most well-known landmarks, the square is filled with several heritage sites, shops, cafes and various souvenir stalls. The streets around the square are narrow and run like a maze, creating little nooks and hiding cute shops. Visitors can happily window shop, stop by a café, sample dried meat or fruits at various shops, or simply enjoy the charming atmosphere.

5

Bungee jump off Macau Tower

The world's highest bungee jump is right in the middle of the city. The Macau tower rises 200m above the city, and thrill seekers can jump right from the top, plunging down towards the bottom before the rope pulls you back up to dizzying heights.

6

Go shopping

The city has its fair share of shopping malls, many of which are located inside hotels and resorts like Hotel Okura Macau for instance, a luxury hotel in Macau. You can find everything from designers' brands and high-end restaurants, to affordable boutique stores and cafes. The streets of Macau are home to cheap markets and souvenir shops if you just want a few knick-knacks.

7

Marvel at the Ruins of St. Paul

Located near Senado Square is Macau's biggest historical landmark - the Ruins of St. Paul. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the church dates back to the 17th century. The ruins overlook Senado Square and attracting hundreds of visitors daily.

8

Laze away at Hac Sa Beach

A natural beach and top tourist destination, Hac Sa beach was once famous for its black sands. However, with beach erosion taking place over the past few years, the movement has mixed in yellow sand to prevent it from disappearing completely.

9

Hike to Guia Fortress

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the fortress was built in the 16th century and features a military fort, chapel and lighthouse. The lighthouse as built on the highest point of the peninsula, offering breath-taking views over the region.

10

Pay homage at A-Ma Temple

The oldest Taoist temple in Macau, the temple was built in honour of the goddess Matzu, the patron of seafarers. There are several interesting pavilions and statues to see here.

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