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Top places to visit in Macau

As Hong Kong incarnation of Las Vegas, Macau is littered with engaging attractions of every conceivable variety. From cultural landmarks to entertainment hubs here are Macau's must-visit highlights.

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Venetian Macau

Venetian Macau

Renowned as the world's biggest casino the Venetian Macau is no ordinary entertainment hub in Macau. As one of Asia's premier tourist attractions the larger than life confines of this glittering mega casino are also some of the most luxurious space in the island. Shopaholics will not be disappointed either as the Venetian Macau is houses more than350 international flagship stores selling luxury goods from the world's fashion capitals. Littered with scenic canals and performers a ride on board a Venetian style gondola is one of the most romantic excursions one can experience in Hong Kong's entertainment heartland.

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The Ruins of St. Paul's

The Ruins of St. Paul's

Built in the 17th century, the ruins of St. Paul's are one of Macau's most frequented tourist destinations. Destroyed in a fire as far back as 1835 the locale originally served as St. Paul's College and church, the complex was destroyed in a fire in 1835 but the facade of this once iconic religious institution remains today. As one of the most photographed sites in Macau this towering landmark is also a marvel of European architecture.

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A-Ma temple

A-Ma temple

The A-Ma temple, meaning the Place of A-Ma is Macau's oldest temple and was built in dedication to the sacred sea goddess that protects the fisherman in the early 16thcentury. The Legend tells the story of an impoverished girl named A-Ma who was offered a ride to Canton by a lowly fisherman. A storm is said to have destroyed all except the boat carrying the little girl, however, upon arriving at Macau, the girl disappeared only to reappear as a goddess on the site where the temple was built.

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Macau Tower

Macau Tower

As the 10th tallest freestanding tower in the globe, the Macau Tower watches over the city at a cloud piercing height of 338 meters. On a clear day, the tower provides unparalleled views of the Macau cityscape, China, the Pearl River and several Hong Kong islands as well. The outdoor observation deck offers visitors a bird's eye view of the city. The Macau Tower is also home to the famed Revolving Tower Restaurant which offers unparalleled views across the city from its unique vantage point. Housed within the 8th tallest freestanding structure in Asia the revolving restaurant takes one hour to travel full circle.

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Senado Square

Senado Square

Paved with wavy-patterned mosaic stones, the Senado Square is Macau's go-to urban centre for celebrations. Surrounded by equally imposing structures dating back to the era when the city was under Portuguese rule this elegant town square resembles a classic European square in both appearance and ambience. Especially delightful during the evening hours no trip to Macau would be complete without a stopover at this picturesque landmark. Visitors based in strategically located establishments such as Starworld Macau Hotel are in close range of the square.

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Guia Fortress

Guia Fortress

Originally built to defend the city of Macau from naval attacks the Guia Fortress now serves as one of the best lookout points in the holiday Mecca. Towering above the surrounding landscapes at a staggering height of 91m the venue also houses a lighthouse which beams lights that is visible 20 miles away. Used by the military till 1976 the venue is one of the most captivating Macau tourist attractions today.