Macau – located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China – adjoins the Mainland city of Zhuhai and lies some 60 kilometres to the west of Hong Kong. Macau comprises Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Macau Peninsula is the hub of the territory and is connected to Taipa by three bridges. Several large international hotel resorts – with new supporting infrastructure – are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed district known as Cotai.
The Portuguese arrived and settled in Macau in the mid 16th Century. Thus, the city’s architecture, art, religion, traditions, food and community reflect the integration of Chinese, Western and Portuguese cultures. Macau became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 20th December 1999 and exercises a high degree of autonomy under the principle of “One country, two systems”. The SAR is growing in size with more buildings on reclaimed land, and in the number and diversity of its attractions. In 2005, The Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a result of its unique historical and cultural landscape. Macau is currently positioning itself as the World Centre of Tourism and Leisure as it develops into a quality international tourist destination.
Macau world heritage
Comprising over 20 ancient monuments and urban squares interwoven in the heart of the city, the historic district is collectively known as “The Historic Centre of Macau” and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005. It stands today as a living testimony to the integration and co-existence of eastern and western cultures over a unique chapter in history. Leisurely explore the Historic Centre of Macau – you will discover various magnificent heritages and unveil their wonderful stories!
Shows and Entertainment
A dazzling smorgasbord of shows can now be enjoyed in entertaining Macau! Presented on a regular basis, it’s best to plan wisely by checking on performance schedules so you can enjoy a full day – and night – of excitement in the many venues offering top-line international and regional entertainment.
The Macau tourism industry is flourishing, with the territory offering a diverse range of activities for diverse kinds of visitor. Experience your journey in Macau with the family – from indoors to the great outdoors – visiting the highly educational Macau Science Centre and the lovely pandas in Giant Panda Pavilion; or go to the beaches and parks to relax or engage in a host of recreational activities. And if one-stop fun is on the agenda, then there’s plenty to see and do in Macau’s integrated resort hotels, which feature kids’ playgrounds to mini golf to swimming.
Reflecting a dramatic growth in tourism, numerous major luxury brands are conveniently available in Macau. Shopping in the territory need not be limited to an increasing number of international label boutiques in hotels as a variety of local brands and souvenir shops offer quality goods ideal for gifts for family and friends.
Macanese cuisine is cooked with many ingredients that recall the unique history of Macau and its Portuguese maritime culture. During the 16th and 17th Century, Portugal energetically established a sea route to the East, paving the way for merchants engaged in the spice trade in Africa, India and the coast of Malacca, bringing, in turn, these spices and food cultures to Macau. In addition, many Portuguese married local Chinese in Macau and inhabitants from the above-mentioned regions. Thus, different foreign and Chinese ingredients plus cooking styles were gradually incorporated into traditional Portuguese dishes cooked by Macanese families over the past centuries.
Based on Portuguese cuisine, these spices and ingredients from Africa, Southeast Asia and India – including curry, coconut milk, cloves and cinnamon – are combined using Chinese culinary skills in a wonderful pot pourri of tastes and aromas, giving birth to the uniquely delicious Macanese cuisine of today. Macanese Gastronomy was inscribed on the Macau Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2012.