Let’s explore Macao with CIT, an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macao Tower, with sweeping city views.
Macao is justly famous on gaming market, but the reality is the city has much more to offer. Macao also offers a rich cultural and historical experience. Ancient Chinese temples sit on streets paved with traditional Portuguese tiles, the city is full with dazzlingly mash-up of Chinese and Portugal building. A short walk from the Mandarin, visitors will find themselves immersed in the Historic Centre of Macau, with architectural and religious landmarks all around.
Macao is a city where East meets West, a place where traditional Chinese culture has assimilated Portuguese and Western ways to create a unique cultural mix. Many beautiful historic buildings evoke the city’s collective memories, and this small city – overflowing with traditional elements – lends a wealth of inspiration to the flourishing local arts community. Local artists are creating local brands in different corners of the city, while new cultural and creative production areas are opening up near distinctive architectural monuments in order to promote the development of local art creation. Visitors can buy original local souvenirs from creative brand shops, wander around modern art exhibitions, and nourish the soul while leisurely drinking in the bewitching array of local crafts and culture.
The city has a multitude of must-try foods, the most exciting would be local Macanese specialities, the traditional Portuguese and Chinese dishes, which also the cuisine signature here. Macanese cuisine is spicy, a unique combination of Chinese and Portuguese cooking with influence of Indian and African spices. These dishes can be found in Rua do Almirante Sérgio, New Outer Harbour Areas and Taipa Island. Beside of the local signature, there are Michelin stars, as well as other Asian Cuisine restaurants located around Macao to explore.
With rich cultural history, Macao celebrate its unique festival culture events all year round. These including such traditional Chinese celebrations as Lunar New Year, Feast of the God Tou Tei, the Tun Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) as well as the important Western festivals of Easter, Procession of our Lady of Fátima, and Christmas. There are also huge contemporary events such as Annual Macao International Fireworks Display Contest, Macao International Music Festival, Macao International Parade, Macau Grand Prix and more.