10 Best places to visit with kids in Macau
Macau might be a small city, but it is blessed with many tourist spots. There are many things you can do with your kids from soaking the sun on beaches to bungee jumping. It is not just a place for clubbing, casinos and gambling paradise, its heritage plays an important part which increases its beauty hundred times more. It is a mixture of Portuguese culture and Chinese culture which provides exquisite architecture. Macau is a self-governing region situated in the southeast of China. It has its own currency and own flag and provides a free visa to more than seventy countries.
Till 1999 Macau was under the rule of Portuguese, they had established their ports and colony but in 2949 this self-governing country will become China’s personal territory. You can easily get here by traveling via airfare or hiring rented boats which can be fun traveling with your kids in the subtropical climate. Macau is divided into four areas such as the old town, Taipa, Coloane, and Cotai. Macau is also known as Àomén in Chinese and it is only 60 kilometers away from Hong Kong. You can enjoy buffalo day tours and enjoy the sightseeing of historical places. But don’t forget to try delicious traditional food in Macau.
You will find Portugal architecture in many historic scenes such as The Ruins of St Paul Cathedral is the greatest church in Macau. Kids can learn more about Macau’s history at the Historic Center of Macau. In Chinese ‘A Ma Gao’ is named after a Chinese water goddess meaning “Bay of A Ma”. One will find Macau’s rich architecture in every monument and buildings which is displayed in the museum. Historic Center of Macau is considered world’s great heritage site by China. Visit historical sites, religious buildings and museums with your family and become a part of Macau.
The lists of 10 Best places to visit, top attractions of Macau are mentioned below:
Hac Sa Beach
Hac Sa Beach which is also called as Black Sea Beach is located in Coloane, Macau. It is a largest natural beach famous for its black sand. It gets black color from the minerals which are brought to the shores. Unlike sand, water is very pure, suitable for kids for swimming. It is the dark sand that makes the water look dirty.
The Ruins of St Paul Cathedral
It very old complex developed in the 17th century. The Ruins of St Paul Cathedral is also referred as “Mater Dei” built and dedicated to Saint Paul. This landmark is considered world’s heritage site by UNESCO in Historic Center of Macau. It was wrecked by fire during a typhoon on 26 January 1835. It features carving of Mother Mary standing on seven-headed hydra.
Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
The garden is famous for its rich beauty and flora and fauna. Thousands of tourists get attracted to this garden which can be a great past time for adults and play time for kids.
The height of the tower in 1,109 ft. and it offers panoramic views, restaurants, theaters and shopping malls. Tourists mainly go for Sky Jumping and Bungee Jumping from the height of 252 meters. It was constructed in 2001 which not only used for public’s entertainment but also for telecommunication and broadcasting purposes. In bungee jumping Edison Chen has broken two Guinness World record in “The Highest Bungee Jump from a Building”.
Largo Do Senado also called Senado square is a town square and a part of UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site. It is 4425 square yards long and includes four buildings such as Holy House of Mercy, Hotel Central, Macau General Post Office and Leal Senado Building. The town square was named after Leal Senado; his statue still stands in the front today. You can be a part of the big events with your kids during festive seasons.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
You can explore waterfront, convention, retail, and entertainment complex as well as hotels and dining in the Fisherman’s Wharf. The park was inaugurated on 31 December 2006 that attracts tourists to Babylon Casino, Roman Amphitheatre, Convention and Exhibition Centre and Legend Boulevard. The building has 70 stores and restaurants that have a great architecture.
It’s a temple of Chinese Sea goddess named Mazu located in Sao Lourenco, Macau. A-Ma Temple is one of the oldest temples in Macau. The main hall of Temple has six parts such as Gate Pavilion, the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence, the Hall of Guanyin and Zhengjiao Chanlin. It has a unique building and structure in Macau.
Fortaleza Do Monte
Fortress of Our Lady of the Mount of St. Paul is a fort located in Macau. It is a part of Historic Center of Macau and declared world heritage site by UNESCO. The fort is built on 52 meters talk Mount hill, located near the Ruins of St Paul Church. You can explore the Museum, replica cannon and garden of the fortress where kids can learn cultures of Macau.
You can access Guia Lighthouse via small cable cars. The highest point of Lighthouse provides a great view of Macau. You can teach the history of Guia to your kids. One can also tour in Guia fortress and stay in luxurious hotels.
Coloane Island is one of the two islands located on the south side of Macau. It is also referred as Gau Ou Saan which means “Nine Inlet Mountains”. Coloane is a Portuguese name which is also called as Gwo Lou Waan which means “Passing-road Ring”. Don’t miss to visit Coloane village, Lai Chi Vun Village, and Tam Kung temple.
Macau Tea Culture House
Tea testing houses are located in Sao Lazaro which was opened in 2005. The architecture is based on European culture and it has Chinese tiled roofs. It features teas from China and other countries.
St. Dominic’s Church, Macau
It is situated in the peninsular part of the region in Largo De Sao. It has baroque style architecture built in 1587. The church was renovated in 1997 and a museum was built alongside the church. You will see the Madonna and the Child statue on the altar and ivory carved statues of saints in the church. Treasure of Sacred Art Museum was added alongside the museum which features 300 religious artifacts and other works of artists.
Macau Science Center
You will find unique, unsymmetrical and conical shapes and spiral walkways and one roofed entrance inside the Science Center. Kids can visit Planetarium with 3D projection and Omnimax small movies. The building has become a landmark of Macau. You will notice the Science Center from your rented ferry while arriving from Hong Kong.
Fire Services Museum, Macau
Kids can get to know more about the fire services and the extinguisher costumes. It’s a worthy tour where more than 700 artifacts and tools and firefighting supplies kept for exhibitory purposes. It was opened in Santo Antonio in 1999. It is built in European architectural style which has two different exhibition halls.
Museum of Macau
This museum has so much to offer for kids. It is the biggest museum located in heart of the city. The main motto of building this museum was to keep harmony between different nationalities by showcasing their tradition, custom, and culture. It is situated in Monte Fortress which has a three floored building. Your kids can study on more than 3000 exhibits and historical monuments. The first floor includes the golden period when Macau was found and developed. The second floor showcases modern art and tradition cultures. The third floor displays contemporary arts such as some work of the writers.
Sun Yat Sen Park, Macau
You can visit Sun Yat Sen Park at any time of the year. It is originally referred as Canal dos Patos Park which is the largest multifunctional park in Macau. St the entrance of the park you will be welcomed by the bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. Park contains an artificial lake, bridge, and Chinese architectures. You will see a large bronze statue of two shaking hands which is known as “Forever Handshake” to signify friendship between China and Portuguese.
Tourists mainly come here to visit the exhibition of Ethnology, History and Technology exhibitions of Macau. It was built by the first group of Portugal explorers who came to Macau. The first floor of the museum exhibits costumes, fishing technique, and boat models. The second floor displays the history of how Portuguese landed and explored Macau. This can provide great general knowledge to kids about the history of Macau. The third floor has an Aquarium Gallery which has four tanks displaying various artifacts and boat structures in each tank.
Kun Iam Statue
Visit the bronze statue with your family which is 20 meters tall. You can enjoy the best views if you come in the evening when the sun is setting down. The beautiful gold Kun Iam statue stands in Macau and you can take photos with the statue with your family and admire the view of Taipa Island.