The Venetian Resort
Macau is known as tha Asia's largest gambling city. Venetian Resort in Taipa, Macau is a sister casino resort with The Venetian at Las Vegas USA. Built by US tycoon, Sheldon Adelson, this resort is the largest single hotel building in Asia and the sixth largest in the world with the widest and biggest casino Worldwide. Luxury-class facilities at the Venetian Resort is able to accommodate 10,000 guests at a time.
The Venetian Resort was completed in July 2007 and officially opened on August 28. The hotel has 30 floors, with 6300 suite room, which 95 square meters each room. The hotel has 108 meeting rooms, size can be changed depending on the capacity of the participants. Business and convention center lobby is very spacious and can accommodate more than 5,000 people with a group meeting and arranged beautifully.
Talk about shopping, Venetian Resort will make you breathless. Come to the second floor, which is the shopping center. There are at least three shopping areas that you can explore, first is the Grand Canal, the Four Seasons and the Cotai Central. On the Grand Canal there are more than 350 international brands have opened their outlets here. While shopping at the Four Seasons you'll be treated to 160 brands of famous designers such as Audemers Piguet, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
Macau being a Portuguese colony for more than 500 years. Portuguese-style buildings are very strong visible in Macau. Besides Lilau Square, you can also see the Portuguese heritage through traditional foods such as Macau-Portuguese Egg Tart and street names are still using the Portuguese name rather than Chinese language name. The name "Lilau" means "mountain spring" in Portuguese.
This area is the first Portuguese residential in Macau. The atmosphere was filled with Mediterranean style building, art deco-style building that greatly contrasts with the Mandarin's House, which is not far from Lilau Square.
Here you will see a typical of Mediterranean buildings, visible from wall elements made with a rough texture and natural impressed. In colors, lots of Mediterranean style using a combination of solid colors, but it looks natural.
Lilau Square is part of the Historic Centre in Macau which is recognized by UNESCO since 2005. This place can be accessed through Calcada da Barra when you're visiting at A-Ma Temple and Macau Maritime Museum.
This is the Landmark of Macau. The tower was designed by Gordon Moller, an architect from New Zealand. This tower offers an incredible tourist attraction. You can see the panorama of the Pearl River Delta, Macau Peninsula and Taipa Coloane islands from the highest point of this tower, which is at level 61, on the 223 meters height or about 732 feet.
This place is often referred as the observation deck because it allows you to look into the various sides of Macau. Not only that, at level 58, often referred to as the observation lounge you can see the sunrise and sunset and also Macau city at night.
Macau Tower still has much entertainment at the next levels. There are cafes and restaurants on floors 59 and 60. This cafe rotates 360 degrees, allowing you to look around Macau while enjoying light meals and snacks like sea food a la Portuguese and India, as well as Italian spagetti.
Hac Sac Beach
Hac Sac Beach is a crescent-shaped beach, which is very popular in Macau. The beach is much preferred by tourists, not because of its white sand, but just because the dazzling black sand. If you love the sun, sand and sea then Hac Sa Beach is a great place to visit.
Hac Sa is approximately 4 km in length. Hac Sac it means "black sand". According its name, as long as you down to the beach, it is visible is a beautiful black sand.
Its not only foreign tourists who like come to this beach, the locals often make Hac Sac Beach as a vacation. You can rent a jet ski and play as much on this beach. In addition, there are some other facilities that can be enjoyed such as mini golf, tennis and badminton courts. Ha Sac Beach is the largest natural beach in Macau.
Kun Iam Temple
Kun Iam built in the Ming Dynasty in 1368-1644. With the Buddhist architecture style, Kun Iam Temple consists of several buildings, the main temple, the hall that used as a place for pray, courtyard and pavilion. This Buddhist temple is a building dedicated to the Precious Buddha, the Longevity Buddha and Kun Iam wearing a silk dress and a crown that rechanged every year.
In the main temple, Kun Iam accompanied by 18 Buddhist altar on either side. In the next room there is a funeral chapel and rolls of paper, which is used to honor the Kun Iam. At the back of this temple there is a garden terrace.
Lin Fung Miu, or often called as the Lotus temple, built in 1952. This temple has a front appearance created from clay carved in the 19th century, which displays history and myth figures. Stone lions guard at the front entrance gate. Inside there is a room with a statue of Tin Hau on the altar, accompanied with the guardian statue.
This temple was built in 1488 in the Ming Dynasty's era (1368-1644), this is the oldest temple, and the place where the Portuguese first landed in Macau.
A-Ma Temple was built to commemorate Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. According to the legend "A-Ma" comes from the name of a poor girl who wants to go to Canton, but not allowed to join a wealthy merchant ship. Then a poor fisherman let go. Then, a storm hit and destroyed all the ships at sea unless the ship that carrying the poor girl. On arrival in Macau she vanished and re-appeared as a goddess in the spot where the fishermen built her temple.
Besides the beauty of its architecture, every Chinese New Year, the place is visited by many young people who come together and pray for luck. If you traveling to Macau in April-May, or in the Chinese calendar every year on 23 in 3rd month, do not miss A-Ma Festival that attracts many tourists.
The old town is always interesting. Here we can see the past history and picture of life at that time. In Macau, we can see this in the Mandarin's House which is a housing complex.
These buildings has been influenced by western style and Chinese style combined with its decorative motifs. The buildings were also marked a shifting culture in Macau, where the Chinese architecture featuring a mix of different styles and cultures. It is more visible at the beginning of 20th century, the Art Deco style that became common style of construction in some places, such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton and of course Macau.
Mandarin's House is located near the Patio do Lilau, Travessa de Antonia da Silva. This place is the biggest complex of the China ancestors in Macau, which is still maintained. To maintain these ancient sites, the government had done renovations in 2001 and completed in 2007.
Built in 1799, Casa Garden is the area that has old Protestant cemetery, which is also a tourist destination. Originally this park is the residence of a wealthy Portuguese merchant Manuel Pereira. Then leased to the East India Company to be their corporate headquarters in Macau as well as housing and senior officials of the company. East India Company is a british trading company that sells a textile products such as cotton and silk. In addition they also traded salt, tea and opium.
Right in the house, there are granite steps that will lead you into the house through the main entrance. The first impression that you can feel when you first enter the main hall is the architectural style that dominated Southern Europe style. Southern or European style is more commonly referred to as the Mediterranean style, usually have a characteristic that luxurious and warmth. Warm and comfortable impression is displayed by the application of warm colors such as beige, brown and terracotta.
Casa Garden area contains the old homes, old Protestant cemetery and an art gallery are open daily Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 6 pm. The park is located at Praca de Luis de Camoes or East Camoes Grotto and Garden.
Each building always has a story and history. Similarly, with the Cathedral since it was first built in 1576 has many stories including almost destroyed by hurricane hit in 1874.
If you step out of the church, you can relax for a moment in the fountain, which was built during the renovation cathedral in 1937. In addition, next to the cathedral there is the beautiful Bishop's Palace. Some stories say that the Bishop Palace was built before 1835 or in the 15th year of the reign of Emperor Dao Guang from Qing Dynasty.
Bishop's Palace has a large collection of documents, artifacts, and other important objects, which are associated with the religious history of Macau. This palace is part of the highest Catholic authority in Macau.
St Joseph Church
St Joseph Church built for 12 years, between 1746 to 1758. This church is an important legacy and testimony for the history of missionaries in Macau. This church is part of St.Joseph Jesuit seminary. It is a beautiful church, which is a favorite attraction of tourists and artists.
Located on a hill, called Mato Mofino St.Lawrence area, St.Joseph Church is located near St. Lawrence Church (also known as the Feng Shun Tang).
On the main altar there are two statues of the most famous Jesuit leaders, St. Ignatius de Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. The altar is decorated with charming spiral ornaments. Besides the main altar are two companion altar. In this church also saved a bone fragments hand of St. Francis Xavier. This pieces of bone is one of the religious relics and a respected and valuable objects were originally belong to Mater Dei church.