More than ever, Macau offers something old, something new, something different.
Macau is a fascinating destination rich in history and culture, a combination of centuries old Portuguese and Chinese customs, traditions and celebrations. For more than 450 years travellers have been coming to Macau, seeking adventure and sanctuary, knowledge and excitement, pleasure and trade. And they found far more than they expected at what was once the most important commercial and cultural crossroad between Europe and Asia.It began as a marriage of convenience between East and West and was established in the 16th century when the Portuguese sought a gateway to China, the fabled land Marco Polo had called Cathay. Its greatest asset and attraction now, however, is the heritage of a cultural hub where the arts and lifestyles of ancestral China have flourished alongside those of colonial Portugal and, happily, a remarkable number of historic buildings, streets and squares has survived, quite at home in the shadow of high-tech skyscrapers and modern cultural and convention centres.On any street you may find a Taoist temple and a Catholic Church, Chinese shop-houses decorated with Mediterranean stucco, people practising Tai Chi in a Portuguese park, European-style pavement cafés and clattering Chinese restaurants, classical Chinese gardens and solid stone fortresses. In 2005, the “Historic Centre of Macau” was officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, becoming the 31st heritage-listed site in China.The premier attractions including the magnificent Ruins of St Pauls, the Monte Fort and Museum of Macau, Senado Square, A-Ma Temple and the Barrier Gate offer old world charm amongst the latest developments in Macau.