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Month: May 2015

A-Ma Temple – The Oldest Temple in Macau

A-Ma Temple is the oldest and most famous Taoist temple in Macau. Built in 1488 and located close to the coast, it is dedicated to the Ma-tsu, the goddess of sailors and fishermen.

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Macau Tower

Standing proud between Sai Van Lake and the South China Sea, the Macau Tower (Centro de Convenções e Entretenimento da Torre de Macau, 澳門旅遊塔會展娛樂中心) is a great destination for adventure, entertainment or just a stroll along the sea front.

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Guia Fortress And Lighthouse

Guia Fortress And Lighthouse (Fortaleza da Guia, 東望洋炮台) is a 17th Century military fort standing atop Guia Hill – the highest point in Macau. Now surrounded by a park, it encompasses a fort, chapel and lighthouse complex.

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Kun Iam Statue & Ecumenical Centre

The beautiful gold Kun Iam statue (大三巴牌坊) stands on a small island jutting into the Outer Harbour between Macau and Taipa, along Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

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Senado Square

Senado Square (Largo do Senado, 議事亭前地) is a beautiful paved square in historic downtown Macau. The Portuguese influence is everywhere here, with beautiful old pastel coloured buildings surrounding it, giving it something of a Mediterranean feeling. It was added add a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005.

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Ruins of St. Paul’s

One of the most recognisable landmarks in Macau, the Ruins of St. Paul’s (大三巴牌坊) are all that remains of a 16th century complex which included the Church of St Paul (Mater Dei) and St Paul’s College. The college was one of the largest in Asia when it was first built, at a time when Macau was the main port in the Pearl River Delta (before being overtaken by Hong Kong).

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Where is Macau?

Macau (sometimes spelled ‘Macao’) is in China, very close to Hong Kong (just an hours ferry ride across the Pearl River Delta).

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Macau Ferry

Getting to Macau from Hong Kong

Travelling to Macau from Hong Kong is quick and very well serviced by fast, efficient Macau Ferry services from 3 terminals in Hong Kong to 2 in Macau. Tickets can easily be purchased from the booths in the terminals themselves. Journey time is round about an hour, so it’s easy to travel to Macau just for the day if time was tight (though I would urge you to stay for longer and explore more if at all possible!)

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