Macau features a large number of stunning colonial buildings such as St Paul Cathedral so visitors might wonder at first if they are really still in China. The Portuguese influence can be seen all over the island, making Macau a fascinating place to explore for those who are interested in architecture.
However, the Chinese influence reveals itself in Macau's ornate temples, many of which are situated atop hills to offer visitors spectacular views. Chinese Buddhism is widely practiced here, providing an interesting contrast to the Christian churches and cathedrals that were built under Portuguese rule.
There are some excellent hotels to be found as well as gourmet restaurants, many of which can be found in Macau's large casinos. Some of the casinos here are so large and lavish that they are an attraction in themselves and provide the ultimate entertainment centers once the sun sets.
St Paul Cathedral
Built at the start of the 17th century, St Paul's Cathedral is one of Macau's most impressive landmarks. Despite having been largely destroyed by a fire in 1985, visitors can still see the façade, with its splendid statues and reliefs. The cathedral is located on Rua de São Paulo in the Central Macau Peninsula.
Largo do Senado square
Located in the very heart of town along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, this is Macau's urban center. Also known as Senate Square, a large number of impressive buildings can be found here such as St Dominic's Church and the Holy House of Mercy. A large number of buses are available to take tourists to the square from all over Macau.