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Macau is the crossroads where East meets West. It was a port in Portugal, then a colony for four centuries, and a major port for trade between China, Japan, India and Europe. When you go there, you can expect to see Macau’s mixed culture reflected in everyday life.

For example, you’ll be able to see Chinese temples with marine-themed Portuguese tiles. You can also sample Chinese dim sum or Portuguese egg tarts on the same street corner.

The city is full of museums, temples, churches, gardens, old forts and local alleys. Here are some of the many places you can visit:

• Cheng’s House
Built before 1869, it is a traditional Chinese residential complex and the former residence of Zheng Guanying, a famous Chinese writer. It shows the details of the combination of Chinese and Western, and consists of several courtyard houses.

• A-Ma Temple
It existed before the formation of the city of Macau. The various pavilions dedicated to different deities in one complex make A-Ma Temple a model of Chinese culture inspired by Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and various folk beliefs.

• Treasures of sacred art
Located northeast of Senado Square, the 17th-century Church of the Holy Rosary houses a treasure of sacred art. You should start at the church, where you can experience the atmosphere of ancient Chinese Catholic missions, and then go upstairs to the museum to see its rich collection of statues, canons, gold, ceremonial vessels and religious paintings.

• Fortress Hill
Built in the early 17th century, the building was the main military defense of the city. The fort was equipped with cannon, barracks, wells and an arsenal with enough ammunition and supplies to withstand a siege for up to two years. The fort covers an area of ​​10,000 square meters and is trapezoidal. The four corners of the fort protrude to form bulwarks.

• Guanye Street
This is a narrow but bustling pedestrian street in the center of Taipa Village. Walking the streets, you’ll see the island’s original communities and discover countless famous old restaurants serving rich traditional cuisine.

• Sir Ho Tung Library
Built before 1894, the building was the residence of Dona Carolina Cunha, wife of Governor Pedro Alexandrino da Cunha. In 1918, Hong Kong tycoon Sir Ho Tung bought the place as a retreat. In 2006, architect Joy Choi Tin Tin gave a modern extension to the Western-style dragon columns and Chinese garden.

Source: Macau Government Tourist Office.


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