Even after you’ve seen Macao’s many UNESCO-listed heritage sites, the city still has plenty of attractions to offer, some traditional and some brand-new. Adventure, fun, encounters with culture and religion, contact with nature and wildlife – plus an unrivalled opportunity to experience other cultures and communities at every turn – mean there need never be a dull moment in exciting Macao. Explore and enjoy!
1.Macao Giant Panda Pavilion and Pavilion of Rare Animals
Nestled against a hill side in Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane in a fan-shaped layout of about 3,000m2, Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is designed to take advantage of combining the terrain’s natural undulations with the architectural characteristics.
The pavilion comprises two 330m2 indoor activity quarters and a 600m2 outdoor yard for the inhabitation of the giant panda and a 900m2 indoor exhibit area. Two viewing paths of different elevations align along the front edge of the fan-layout indoor activity area, accessible to two streams of visitors. Internal facilities include a logistics centre with panda dens, bamboo-washing and storage quarters, feed preparation room, feed warehouse, control centre and veterinarian clinic, etc.
Pavilion of Rare Animals is situated inside Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane and serves as a conservation site for rare animals. The exhibition area consists of 3 indoor and 2 outdoor activity areas to provide ample activity space for the red pandas. Many types of plants are planted in the activity areas to create an environment similar to the red pandas’ wild habitat. The temperature inside the pavilion is regulated to remain within 25°C to provide an ambient temperature that is most comfortable for the red pandas. Climbing facilities such as perches are also installed inside the activity areas for the red pandas to practise their climbing skills.
The Macao Giant Panda Information Centre and Macao Giant Panda Gift Shop are situated inside the park too. The Macao Giant Panda Information Centre is a two-story building featuring multifunctional video rooms, exhibition areas, reading corners and network interactive areas. Intended as a platform for promoting public understanding of giant panda, it also hosts, among other activities, exhibitions and interest classes on a regular basis, in addition to providing information about giant panda. Located at the main entrance to the Seac Pai Van Park, the Macao Giant Panda Gift Shop is dedicated to selling gifts and souvenirs related to giant panda. It offers a large collection of giant panda gifts for visiting residents and tourists to choose from, including soft toys, bags, clothes, stationery and household items, etc. Admission fee is needed for the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion and Pavilion of Rare Animals.
Address: Macao Giant Panda Pavilion, Seac Pai Van Park
Fees : MOP10. Free admission for children of 12 years old or under and seniors of 65 years old or above.
Tel: +853 2888 0087
Website : www.macaupanda.org.mo
Macao Giant Panda Pavilion and Pavilion of Rare Animals – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission until 4:45 p.m.). Closed on Mondays (closed on the following day instead if a public holiday falls on Monday)
Macao Giant Panda Information Centre – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Macao Giant Panda Gift Shop – 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
2.Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
Opened on 19th December, 2001, Macau Tower is 338 metres in height. It is an elegant construction offering magnificent panoramic views all over Macao and much of the Pearl River Delta from its observation deck and revolving restaurant, at the 223-metre level. There is the opportunity to walk around the outside of the tower, for instance “Skywalk X”.
Besides the tower, there are a 4-floor Convention and Entertainment Centre, restaurants, cinema, a 2-level basement and an outdoor plaza.
Address : Largo da Torre de Macau
Fees: Free entrance
Tel: +853 2893 3339
Fax : +853 2896 0103
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Website : www.macautower.com.mo
3.A-Ma Cultural Village
Close to the world’s tallest statue of the goddess A-Ma (or named Tin Hau) on the mountaintop on Macao’s Coloane Island, A-Ma Cultural Village is a 7,000-sq. m. cultural complex which celebrates the legend of the Goddess of Seafarers. The village architecture mainly comprises a pavilion-style front gate, a carved marble altar, Tin Hau Palace, Dressing Hall along with Bell Tower and Drum Tower. The grand complex attracts A-Ma devotees and interested tourists alike for a visit. Nearby, Visitors can refresh themselves at the park next to the village, or follow the hiking trail up to the magnificent A-Ma Statue on hill top and enjoy a captivating view of the island.
Opening : Hours Opening hours of Tin Hau Palace: 9 a.m to 6 p.m daily
Remarks: There is shuttle bus service between the Façade at Estrada de Seac Pai Van (at the foot of the hill) and Tin Hau Palace in every 30 minutes.
4.Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is a 133,000m² park and the first-ever cultural, themed and creative attraction in the tourism industry of Macao. It is centrally located in the outer harbour and it is not purely a theme park, but also combines dining, shopping, entertainment, accommodation, convention and exhibition facilities in one single location which takes just a 5-minute walk from the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and Heliport.
Be it for business or pleasure, visitors are able to find a brand new experience in this entertainment complex.
Address: Avenida da Amizade e Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau
Fees : Free admission
Tel : +853 8299 3300
Fax: +853 8299 3581
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Website : www.fishermanswharf.com.mo
5.Border Gate (Portas do Cerco)
With the new underground passenger terminal, it is now more convenient for locals to travel to Zhuhai. Passengers at the underground bus terminal can reach the Border Gate Square through the linked escalator, elevator and stair case. 17 bus lines service the bus terminal with clear signboards and indications. Washrooms as well as public phones are also available at the underground bus terminal, while the taxi station is on the ground floor.
Erected in 1870, the European style Border Gate witnesses the development of Macao. The modernized Border Gate Square with fountains at the centre is surrounded by green plants. The blue tiles at the side walls together with the poem of the Portuguese Poet, Camoes depict the history of Macao.
Opening Hours: The Border Gate and the Gongbei Checkpoint in Zhuhai open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Standing in Lotus Square next to the Forum, the large sculpture of “Lotus Flower In Full Bloom” presented by the State Council of China in 1999, marks the return of sovereignty of Macao.
The sculpture, made of gilded bronze and weights 6.5 tons, is 6 meters high and the diameter of the flower is 3.6 meters at maximum. The major part is composed of a stem, petals and pistil, with a total of 16 components. The base of the flower consists of 23 pieces of red granite.
The lotus flower, which is in full bloom, symbolizes the everlasting prosperity of Macao. There are three layers of red granite at the base, which are in the shape of lotus leaves, signifying the Macao Peninsula, Taipa Island and Coloane Island.
Address Rua Luís Gonzaga Gomes
7.Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre
Located on the Outer Harbour, this statue, dedicated to Goddess of Kun Iam (Goddess of Mercy) is 20 meters tall and made of special bronze. The dome shape base like a lotus flower, is an ecumenical centre where information is available on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Souvenirs and Cultural Institute publications are available for sale.
Opening Hours: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Fridays.
Fees: Free admission
8.Vasco da Gama Monument
Standing in a small park in front of the Royal Hotel, a heroic bust commemorates Vasco da Gama, the Portuguses explorer who discovered the sea route from Europe to India.
Address: Rua de Ferreira do Amaral
9.Bronze statue of Xian Xinghai
The bronze statue of Xian Xinghai is located at the junction of Avenida Xian Xing Hai and Rua de Berlim.
Born in Macao, Xian Xinghai is regarded as the Chinese people’s musician and the herald of modern Chinese music. The prolific musician composed many stunning agitato pieces, of which his Yellow River Cantata is one of the best-known. The bold and lively Yellow River Cantata is a paean expression of the firm and unyielding spirit of the Chinese to defend the homeland.
Address: Junction of Avenida Xian Xing Hai and Rua de Berlim
10.Archives of Macao
Contains letters, books and manuscripts pertaining to Portugal’s exploration and Macao’s relations with Europe, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia from a wide variety of governmental, civic, ecclesiastic and private sources. The most valuable have been put on microfilm, including 7500 items dating from 1587 to 1786.
The archives are houses in one of the mansions in colonial style in Avenida de Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida restored by the Macao Government which won the Pacific Area Travel Association’s Heritage Award, in 1982.
Address: Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, n.º 91-93, Macau
Opening Hours : Mondays to Fridays: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Tel : +853 2859 2919
Fax : +853 2856 1495
Website : http://www.archives.gov.mo
11.Islamic Mosque and Cemetery
The Macau Mosque, constructed in the early 1980s, is situated in a pleasant, historic quarter overlooking the reservoir and Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal. It is believed that the Macau Mosque was built by Muslims serving with the Portuguese army recruited from regions such as Goa and Mumbai. The adjacent cemetery is another place of historic interest, and serves as the last resting place of several Parsi and Muslims of various origin. These graves – some of which are over a hundred years old – further attest Macao’s claims to multicultural tolerance throughout the centuries, and is historic proof of the Islamic link to the territory.
Address : Ramal dos Mouros
12.General Post Office Building
Adjacent to Senado Square, the historic building once housed the local charitable society Tung Sin Tong. The architecture was designed by José Chan, the first Chinese chief architect appointed by the Macao Land and Sea Public Works Department. Built in 1929, it’s a classical architecture of great artistic value. For the past decades, Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau has been offering postal services for locals and visitors. Electronic post and express mail services are also available nowadays. You can buy your favourite stamps and postcards and mail to your beloved ones, making your visit more meaningful.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays,
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays
13.Macao Cultural Centre
As a platform that brings internationally famous performances from all over the globe to Macao, the Centre has been striving to promote various types of arts and cultures and to offer local and foreign audience quality programmes that enrich people’s life with great work and enhance understanding in performing arts. It regularly hosts cultural events and celebrations that mark the cityscape, such as music festival and Fringe, bringing together an inspiring, creative and exciting work to locals or visitors from neighbouring regions. Many well-known Broadway musicals such as Peter Pan, The Addams Family and Fame, were shown on stage here.
Address: Avenida Xian Xing Hai s/n NAPE, Macau
Opening Hours : 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tel : +853 2870 0699
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