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If you think of the former Portuguese colony of Macau, the most common image that comes to mind is probably gambling and casinos.
Although gambling is a massive part of the local economy, bigger even that Las Vegas, there is much more to the place.
Here, in no particular order, are five attractions that are a must see for any visitor.
Historic Centre of Macau:
Historic Center of Macau
The SAR (special administrative region) of Macau was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century, until it was returned to Chinese Sovereignty in 1999. The historic centre, since 2005, has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site and features some of the oldest and best preserved examples of western style buildings anywhere in China. The historic centre of Macau provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The site also contains a fortress and a lighthouse, the oldest in China.
House of Dancing Water Theatre:

The House of Dancing Water is a water-based stage production written and directed by famous director Franco Dragone and premiered in September 2010. Since then, it has been performed more than 1, 000 times and seen by more than two million spectators. The production is located at The City of Dreams on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The show runs for 90 minutes and features acrobatic elements and original acts, with a stage that transforms into different sets. More than 80 gymnasts, circus artists, dancers, divers, actors, and motorcyclists are featured in the show. The House of Dancing Water is housed in a purpose-built theatre designed with many breakthroughs, including a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Macau Tower & Convention Centre:
Macau Tower
Featuring the world’s highest bungee jump, the Macau Tower is the world’s tenth tallest building at 338 metres in height. It is an elegant construction which offers magnificent panoramic views all over Macau and much of the Pearl River Delta from its observation deck and revolving restaurant. Besides the tower and bungee, there is a four-floor Convention and Entertainment Centre, restaurants, cinema, a two-level basement and an outdoor plaza.
Sao Paulo Church Ruins:
Igreja de São Paulo I
Arguably Macau’s most famous landmark, the Ruins of St. Paul’s (Sao Paulo) was officially listed in 2005 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Historic Centre of Macau. Originally built in the 16th century, the complex of St. Paul’s College and the Cathedral of St. Paul burned down and was rebuilt multiple times before the third and final fire during a typhoon in 1835 left it beyond repair. All that remains are the iconic stone façade and the grand staircase leading up to it. Restored into a museum, the façade is buttressed from behind, allowing tourists to climb up to the windows to get a closer look at the stone carvings and to enjoy a panoramic view of the city below.
Largo do Senado (Senado Square):
Senado Square - HDR
Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. Covering an area of 3, 700 square metres (There are shopping centres and traditional Chinese restaurants around the square. Fashion clothes, famous street food and the scenic environment make it a famous attraction. Firework displays along with lion and dragon dances are usually held on special days, such as the Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas.
Katherine Hawn enjoys travelling and she also works as a travel consultant. She enjoys finding interesting new places to write about and she enjoys sharing her experiences online.

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