Make the most of Macao

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 6:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

A weekend is all you need to have a great time at this popular tourist destination

Some people plan a trip to party non-stop, while some want to soak in the culture and others want to add a dash of thrill to their break. While most tourists think of Macau as the gambling hotspot, there's much that can people can explore once they set out of their luxurious hotels. Be it roadside shopping, walking on cobbled streets or leaping of a high rise, there's much that can be enjoyed even if you have a weekend long stay at this destination. A bit of research before you set out to explore on your own would help a lot because language can be a bit of a trouble. Here's what you should try and fit in your short stay:

Temple tales: The A-Ma temple that is located situated on the southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula, is one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in Macau. Built in 1488, the temple is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. Do check out the giant incense sticks that are seen within the temple premise. The serene temple also houses a tree that is surrounded by prayer cards. The temple is dotted with inscription and beautiful murals. Also check out the Na Tcha Temple that was built in homage to the child god of war.

Ruins that stand tall: Close to the Na Tcha Temple are the Ruins of St Paul refers to the ruins of a 16th-century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul's College and the Cathedral of St. Paul also known as "Mater Dei", a 17th-century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of Macau's most famous landmarks. In 2005, they were officially enlisted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage SiteHistoric Centre of Macau.

Shop a lot: Besides the major markets, check out the bylanes of Senado Square, which is a paved area in the centre of the city. The small alleys around it are where you are bound to get good bargains and also mingle with the locals. Also once you finish checking out the Ruins Of St Paul, walk down the road, which is home to many shops as well as eateries. Local as well as international branded goods and knick knacks can be found here. Take your time walking up and down this street. Also try some delicacies that you may want to take back with you along with delicious fresh fruit juices that are available here.

Luxury land: The Venetian is a unique place. Be it gondola rides, world cuisines or massive gambling floors, you can experience it all here. Also check out other attractions like the house of dancing waters at City of Dreams. But you need to check out the schedule before you make any plans.

What a view: For those who don't have too much time on hand, visiting the Macao Tower is a great idea. The tower has observation decks that provide a wonderful panoramic view. It also houses various restaurants, theaters, and shopping malls. This also a place for thrill seekers. The tower has Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. And then there's the chance to bungee jump, which is the second highest in the world.

Also on your list: If you still have time on your hands you should visit Fisherman's warf, Grand Prix museum, Macao Wine Museum, Sun Yat Sen Park, Macao Science Center and Taipa Houses-Museum.

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