Macau is often associated with gambling, so the idea of bringing the family in this former Portuguese enclave seems a far-fetched idea. But if you look beyond the usual stereotypes and further explore the city, Macau offers more than just your typical betting destination.
Ruins of St Paul
Arguably the main landmark of Hong Kong, the Ruins of St Paul, is one destination you shouldn’t miss, whether with children or not. But getting there is already a destination in itself. As you alight, the bus, or taxi, and head to the cobbled streets of Largo do Senado (Senate Square) leads you to a few shops, but the unique attraction is the stretch of road which bakeries and shops are selling beef jerky and cookies. Shortly after that, the sight of Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage List, is unmistakable.
The Macau Museum offers a vast number of objects of great historical and cultural value. It demonstrates the way of life and cultures of the various communities which have been inhabited the city for ages. A presentation highlights the way western and Chinese civilizations were developed and gives the visitor a chance to understand people’s daily lives and culture in terms of entertainment, religious ceremonies, which blends East and West. The way Macau has been portrayed in literature, and the arts is prominently highlighted.
Macau Maritime Museum
Macau’s rich maritime history is given life at the Maritime Museum, which features traditional seafaring adventures and way of life during the ancient life. Vessel models, costumes, and implements are on display, along with other objects of historical significance. An exhibition area focuses on various aspects of Portuguese and Chinese maritime history, covering the period from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. The museum houses a gallery with four aquariums, each one of which represents a particular sub-aquatic environment, where different species of fish can be observed.
Macau Tower is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, rises to a height of 338 meters, and is the world’s 10th highest free-standing tower. Zoom to the upper observation decks with one of the glass-fronted lifts and enjoy some breathtaking views. There are also two restaurants and bars here, where you can enjoy a particularly romantic sundowner. Adventure lovers can elevate their adrenaline with Bungee Jump, Mast climbing, Skywalk, or Skyjump.
Macau Science Center
The Macao Science Center is an iconic building designed by Pei Partnership Architects’ Sandi Pei, the son of world-renowned Chinese-American architect IM Pei. There are 12 permanent galleries categorized into four themes, namely Science for Children, Technology, Environment, and Lifestyle. The galleries are spread along the spiral slope at the Exhibition Center, so the best way to experience them is to take the lift to topmost galleries and walk the spiral hill to explore the rest of the galleries. For children, the Fun Science Gallery and Children’s Science Gallery are great places for learning.
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion is located at a hillside portion of Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane. Its fan-shaped layout consists of about 3000 square meters and features Kai Kai and Xin Xin came from the Chengdu Research center in 2010. But this is not just the only attraction available. Visitors can view other exotic animals on display, including several monkey species, a South American toucan, peacocks, and other exotic birds. The park area includes a panda information center, kiosk, and park benches, and even a picnic area.