8 Things That You Can't Miss in Macao
1. Macao Tower AJ Hackett Bungee Jump
The Macao Tower, 338 meters tall, is the world's 10th highest tower, with a variety of activities, such as gambling, eating and entertainment.
One of the acclaimed activities is the bungee jump. The AJ Hackett Macao Tower Bungee Jump is 233 meters high, making it a Guinness World Record as the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.
Raise your arms and off you go! If you are not daring enough to jump that height, you can try the skywalk on the 57th floor - it's still remarkable. Grab this chance and tick off this item on your bucket list.
The AJ Hackett Macao Tower Bungee Jump is the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.
2. Grab a traditional Portuguese dinner
Macao was colonized by Portugal before 1999. As a result, Portuguese culture is deeply immersed into many corners of Macao.
Many Portuguese settled and opened Portuguese restaurants in the special administrative region, but the flavor is more adaptable to Chinese people.
3. Enjoy a Portuguese egg tart
One of the must-try local foods in Macao is the Portuguese egg tart.
This iconic dessert is different from the traditional Cantonese egg tart. One of the visible differences is the slightly burned caramel top. The creamy custard filling, flaky pastry crust and the crunchy caramelized top create an incredible blend of flavor.
Among all bakeries selling Portuguese egg tarts, the most popular is Lord Stow's Bakery in Coloane. Gradually, the bakery has become a fixed tourist spot in Macao, where the queue outside will never be empty.
4. Visit a museum
Macao, as a tiny little city with only an area of 30.5 square kilometers, has 23 eye-catching museums.
Due to its unique history, both Eastern and Western historical sites can be found. Many of them are preserved for cultural heritage, tourist spots or museums, such as the Grand Prix Museum, Maritime Museum and Wine Museum.
5. Pop into a casino
Well known as the "Las Vegas of the Orient", Macao has 33 casinos. You can find different themed casinos with their hotels and resorts around every corner of Macao, especially on Taipa Island, where new casinos are continuously opening.
Among all, The Venetian is the most popular. With a huge shopping mall and gorgeous Vegas-style design, it is a must-go spot for both tourists and locals, not only for gambling but also to shop and enjoy leisure time. Therefore, when you come to Macao, you don't have to gamble; just stroll and you will still be amazed.
6. Selfie at the Ruins of St. Paul
The Ruins of St. Paul is the signature landmark of Macao. The ruins consist of the St. Paul's College and the Church of St. Paul, built in 1583. However, after three intense fires in 1595, 1601 and 1835, the church was seriously damaged.
Miraculously, after the vigorous cycles of rebuilding and fires, the huge façade and the front stairway remain unburned.
7. Grab a meal in a small local restaurant
In Macao, tourists will visit luxury restaurants in hotels for famous Portuguese cuisines. As a result, many tempting small local restaurants, known as "Cha Chaan Teng", are neglected. Trying those restaurants will bring a tasty surprise.
8. Watch the Macao Grand Prix
The Macao Grand Prix is an major worldwide car-racing event held annually, featuring over 300 top drivers every year.
Racing through the small streets and roads over this tiny city, the Macao Grand Prix circuit is the only street circuit racing in the world for car and motorcycle events. Thus, it is also well-known as one of the world's most demanding circuits.
This challenging circuit consists of fast straights, tight corners and uncompromising crash barriers, attracting numerous top Formula One drivers who aim to win.
The Grand Prix runs annually in November every year for about four days.