On Senado Square, or Largo do Senado, the colours of the buildings, colonial architecture and wavy lines of the paving stones take the traveller on a journey far far away from China. From here, on this huge pedestrianised area, you can marvel at the Leal Senado, the former government headquarters.
Macau is also characterised by its addiction to Lady Luck and neon lights, with a plethora of casinos, and as much to offer as the Strip in Las Vegas. A fantastic example of the decadence on display here is the Grand Lisboa, a building that looks like a lotus leaf, 47 floors tall, towering over the city. Macau is also more than happy to let nature run its course, with stretches of plants at the bottom of concrete and glass walls, in particular at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park.
Sport, lifestyle, science… every aspect of life is represented in a museum in this vibrant, audacious city. Opened to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the race that takes place here every autumn, the Grand Prix Museum houses some of the cars that have tackled the challenge of the legendary Macau Grand Prix. Right opposite is the Wine Museum. Over 1,400m2, this museum aims to decipher the mysteries of this precious nectar. With its futuristic lines, the Science Center, which combines 3D films, animations and games, is particularly popular with families. Youngsters will be more than happy to visit the Macau Fisherman's Wharf as well. With rollercoasters and other fairground rides, it’s also a shopping paradise with around a hundred shops and restaurants, housed in buildings epitomising the architecture of all the great port cities of the world. If you haven’t quite satisfied all of your shopping needs, head to the New Yaohan, the biggest shop in the region, where you’ll find a wide range of international brands. Behind its red brick façade, the Red Market is bound to win over tourists looking for more local products.
From the historic centre to steel skyscrapers, runners taking part in the Macau marathon in December will see all of the different aspects of this impressive city. When a new page is turned at the time of the Chinese New Year, the streets are decorated with red lanterns and the sky lights up with fireworks. In the spring, the Macau Arts Festival celebrates a culture inspired by a whole host of different influences, and the river comes to life with the superstitious Dragon Boat Festival, which marks the beginning of summer. A city with a thousand and one things to offer, Macau definitely has all of the ingredients for the ultimate Royal Flush!