Today, the front stone facade in front of this church still preserves all original aesthetics thanks to the reinforced concrete reinforcement method. The stone pillars and walls carved the statue of the Mother of God, the saints, the angels, the garden of Eden, the sight of God in distress, the Chinese dragon, the Japanese Chrysanthemum and the Portuguese ship…There is a Christian museum in the basement, where religious symbols are kept.

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In the evening, watching from a distance, under the electric sparkle fanciful, the Ruins of St. Paul’s church bring a deep and mysterious beauty. But, although at night or in the daytime, The Ruins of St. Paul’s Church – like a giant stone tablet located on Penha Hill, the hallmark of the old colonial era – is still considered to be the greatest building of the Christian in Asia and is a place attracts most visitors in Macau.

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Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral Church (1)
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Getting there: Bus No.2, 5, 10, 18, 19 and 26A.

Largo do Senado (Senado Square)

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Largo Do Senado is one of the must-see places in Macau. Visiting the square, you will have opportunity to admire the unique architectural works bearing the hallmark of both the design style of Eastern and Western Europe. The most famous are the churches, the houses bearing Hindu style… Besides, you can also take a stroll to the shopping centers or enjoy delicious food, famous in Macau such as: roasted duck, barbecue …Walking around Senado Square, visitors also visit many famous places surrounding such as St.Dominic Church, Ruins of St.Paul and Grand Lisboa – An extremely luxurious casino and hotel.

People with umbrellas at Largo do Senado square.
People with umbrellas at Largo do Senado square.
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St. Dominic's Church
St. Dominic’s Church

St. Dominic's Church

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The Venetian Macao

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Known as the miniature city of Macau, the Venetian Macau is home to the largest casinos in Asia, with luxurious hotels, entertainment areas, and famous shopping malls in Macau. Such a first-rate play and entertainment complex, it is not so surprising as Venetian Macau is so fascinated. Not only for foreign visitors, but also Macau people are always attracted by this place. You can catch a free bus directly from Macau Airport to the Venetian Macau.

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Inside the Largest Casino in the World
Inside the Largest Casino in the World
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Shopping area at Venetian
Inside the luxurious Venetian Macao
Inside the luxurious Venetian Macao
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The Venetian Macao Complex including Hotel, Casino, Shopping, Entertainment

Genting-City of Entertainment

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Known as a luxurious place for eating – playing, traveling to Macau, you can not ignore the Genting entertainment zone. Come here, in addition to enjoying the music programs, attractive performance shows, you can also experience the exciting outdoor games, water park, the adventure games… modern, very interesting, no less than any famous amusement parks around the world. Moreover, you can also visit the shopping centers or the restaurants … right at this multipurpose playing area. The perfect combinations are the attraction of the Genting multi-purpose entertainment.

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Coloane Island

Coloane Island

Coloane is one of the two beautiful islands of Macau, bearing the mark of the remnants of Western culture – Portuguese. Today, this is a place to attract many visitors to visit, resting every year.

St Francis Xavier’s Church

St Francis Xavier's Church

Coloane Island is primarily known for its history and culture museums, including St Francis Xavier’s Church – A masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Built in 1928, the main facade of St Francis Xavier church has the color of cream white, oval shape in appearance with windows and a bell tower. Most of the sacred relics of Asian Christianity are carefully preserved at this church.

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St Francis Xavier's Church

St Francis Xavier's Church

Interior of the Chapel of St Francis Xavier
Interior of the Chapel of St Francis Xavier

St Francis Xavier's Church

St Lazarus Church

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In addition to St Francis Xavier Church, St Lazarus Cathedral is also where attracts many visitors. This is where many important events take place, especially Easter. The beauty of it that visitors admire is the two stone towers and many beautiful glass windows.

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Interior of St Lazarus Church in Macau facing the altar

Ama Temple

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Ama Temple is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Macau built in 1488, which is also worth a visit. There is a statue of the goddess Ama standing on the top of mountain with a 170 meter high, 7.000 square meters in size on Coloane Island, with elaborate details. The temple also holds the bell towers, the drum towers, the marble carvings altar. The souvenir shop at the temple always attracts devotees and tourists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Fujian Province (China) – known as where the goddess Ama was born over 1,000 years ago.

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Seac Pai Van Park

Seac Pai Van Park

Visiting Coloane Island without strolling in Seac Pai Van Park is a shortcoming. In this 20-hectare park has the Museum of Nature and Agriculture, a children’s playground, a picnic area, a flower garden and a small zoo. That’s why so many families from Hong Kong, mainland China have brought their children here to have fun and study. In the small zoo, peacocks and pheasants always perform beautiful dances, making the audience “kids” love and can not leave. The Alto de Coloane park is also worth a visit, because it offers many exciting recreational activities such as fishing and picnicking.

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Hac Sa Beach (Black Beach)

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However, the most attractive area, attracting the most visitors is still the Black Beach (Hac Sa Beach). Called Black Beach because the sand here is all black while Cheoc Van Beach is nearby – a small beach, more beautiful, the sand is all yellow. But, whether it is black sand or yellow sand, come here, tourists are immersed in the blue water.

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Not only that, there are many beautiful and interesting tourist attractions in Macau. Other places you can explore are: Old Fortress of Portugal (Guia Fortress), Guan Yin Statue, Taipa Bridge, Macau Tower, the area along Sun Yat-sen Road…

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Macau tower and Taipa bridge
Guan Yin Statue
Guan Yin Statue
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Fortaleza do Monte, Macau

Read more: Top 9 cool and fun things to do in Macau you must try.

Macau travel blog: What and where to eat in Macau?

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Macau cuisine is influenced by Portuguese culture, so the dishes here are always unique to the combination of European and Chinese cuisine. Below. there are some signature dishes and some best places to eat in Macau.

Traditional pork bread Pork chop bun of Macau

Pork chop bun of Macau

The bread with crispy crust, inside is full of delicious pork pieces, marinated with spices, rich flavor to bring delicious taste, very attractive. Address: Tai Lei Lok Kei, 18 Tamagnini Barbosa, Vila de Taipa, Taipa.

Portuguese Egg Tart

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Macau egg tarts

Known as the most famous dish in Macau, the Portuguese Egg Tart cake brings the delicious taste of milk eggs mixed with the thin caramel layer above, creating a very attractive flavor. Address: Lord Stow’s Street with many famous stalls and the Grand Hyatt Hotel is the best place to eat it.

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Scrambled eggs

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Macau scrambled eggs are famous for their eye-catching yellow color, crispy crust, good taste, aromatic scent, fascinating to strange. Address: 312 Rua Direita Caros Eugenio, Taipa.

Black Garlic Chocolates

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Black garlic, or fermented garlic, is a great raw material for good health, which helps to prevent high oxidation. From this raw material through the hands of skilled chefs, created black garlic chocolate and became a favorite food of many people. Therefore, when visiting Macau, you definitely have to try this black garlic chocolate at least once. Address: McPherson’s Sweet Shoppe, Block A, Edf Cheong Son, 7-15 Patio Da Palha, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro.

Portuguese seafood rice

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Portuguese seafood rice is a dish made with the combination of the freshest seafood and tomato sauce, seafood broth, create a delicious taste, strong and hard to resist. Address: Temptations, 16/F, Starworld Macau Hotel, Avenida da Amizade, Macau.

Prawn tartar

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Prawn tartar is the most beloved dessert in Macau. Fresh shrimp is marinated in lemon juice and olive oil before processing, promising to bring you ice cream strange mouth, unforgettable taste. Address: Casa de Tapas, 9 Rue de Clerigos, Taipa.

Some good and cheap restaurants in Macau you should refer to:

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360° Café
  • 360° Café: 60 / F, Macau Tower, Lago Sai Van, Macau.
  • Afrikana BBQ Restaurant: Afrikana, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, Macau.
  • Halal Food Macau: Next to the Golden Dragon Hotel.
  • Naam Thai Restaurant: G / F, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 956-1110 Avenida da Amizade.
  • Si Shu Chiu Restaurant: Shop 101, 1-Floor, AIA Tower, Nose 251A-301, Avenida Comercial de Macao.
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Halal Food Macau

Macau travel blog — What and where to buy in Macau?

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Macau downtown-shopping

In May and late July, and after the Lunar New Year, are the time that most stores in Macau have huge discounts, some items with discounts up to 90%, which will be your opportunity for shopping without the worry of prices.

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The Venetian Macau shopping malls

Traveling to Macau you can buy a lot of extremely diverse items: from the world famous brands of clothes, cosmetics, watches, gold, honey beef and gems … to the souvenirs featured in Macau as: Model of St Paul’s Cathedral, Macau Tower …

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Shopping street
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Macau souvenirs
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honey beef

Where to shop when traveling to Macau? You can shop at Senado Square shopping malls and stores near Macau city center, The Grand Canal Shoppes, St. Mark’s Square shopping area with a good price … especially in Venetian Macau with more than 350 stores selling clothes, shoes, jewelry, watches, cosmetics … from famous brands: Tiffany & Co, Omega, Mont Blanc, Versace, Lacoste, Gucci, D & G …

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Senado Square shopping
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Macau blog — Some useful tips before traveling to Macau

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  • When paying by credit or debit card, you should carefully check the receipts, invoices and keep them. Also, you need to check the store name, telephone number and address are on the receipt and invoices.
  • Macau uses three currencies: the Macanese pataca (MOP), the Yuan (Chinese) money, and the Hong Kong dollar with the same value.
  • Macau people are fluent in three languages: English, Portuguese and Chinese, so you will not have to worry about communication while traveling here.
  • Take a taxi, you should only choose the taxi with the meter counter clock, do not forget the driver’s name, taxi number plate to avoid for get your items on car.
  • You should choose licensed stores or have the “Certified shop” logo for shopping, dining, because these are shops that have never been complained by tourists.

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Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in and from Macau you can refer to

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The Venetian Macau shopping malls

Are you looking for more Macau travel guide and top things to do in Macau: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Read more: Top 9 cool and fun things to do in Macau you must try and Hong Kong travel blog — The fullest Hong Kong travel guide blog for a budget trip to Hong Kong for the first-timers.

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