Macau located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province of China; and it comprises Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane where Macao Peninsula is the hub of the territory and is connected to Taipa by three bridges. Several largescale international hotel resorts are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed district known as Cotai. The Portuguese arrived and settled in Macao in the mid 16th Century. Thus, the city with a population of over half a million has an unique integration of Chinese, Western and Portuguese cultures.
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The Ruins of St. Paul’s refer to the facade of the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640, destroyed by fire in 1835, and the ruins of St. Paul’s College, which stood adjacent to the Church. The remains of the old College of St. Paul stand witness to what was the first western-style university in the Far East, with an elaborate academic programme. Nowadays, the facade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s functions symbolically as an altar to the city.
Saint Dominic’s Church was founded in 1587 by three Spanish Dominican priests; the church is also connected to the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Rosary. The bell tower, at the back of the building, has been modified into a museum exhibiting a collection of around 300 artefacts.
Holy House of Mercy was established by the first Bishop of Macao in 1569 for charity contributions. It founds the first western-style hospital in China. The building is neo-classical in architectural aspect.
Senado Square has been Macao’s urban centre for centuries. The square is surrounded by pastel coloured neo-classical buildings, creating a harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere.
A-Ma Temple is the oldest temple in Macau. The variety of pavilions dedicated to the worship of different deities in a single complex make A-Ma Temple an exemplary representation of Chinese culture inspired by Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and multiple folk beliefs.
The Macao Museum is a historical and cultural museum with a vast number of objects of great historical value, which demonstrates the way of life and cultures of the various communities which have been inhabited the city for ages.
Guia Fortress was built in 1622. The fortress is located at the highest point of the Macao Peninsula overviewing the island. There is also a chapel and lighthouse along with the fortress. The Guia Lighthouse was built in 1864. It is the first morden lighthouse on the Chinese coast and it represents the geographical location of Macao on the world map.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is a 133,000m² park and the first-ever cultural, themed and creative attraction in the tourism industry of Macao. It is centrally located in the outer harbour and it is not purely a theme park, but also combines dining, shopping, entertainment, accommodation, convention and exhibition facilities in one single location which takes just a 5-minute walk from the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and Heliport.
Historic Archives contains letters, books and manuscripts pertaining to Portugal’s exploration and Macao’s relations with Europe, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia from a wide variety of governmental, civic, ecclesiastic and private sources. The most valuable have been put on microfilm, including 7500 items dating from 1587 to 1786.
Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre opened in 2001; and the Macau Tower is 338 metres in height which offers magnificent panoramic views over Macao and much of the Pearl River Delta from its observation deck and revolving restaurant, at the 223-metre level.