Macau: Day 2 (Part 1)

May 17, 2012

While I could have spent days luxuriating in the comforts of the Mandarin Oriental, Macau, I did not fly all the way across the world to not explore my exotic surroundings.  Macau is considered the gateway into how Western civilization first entered China.  The best place in the region to see this extraordinary symbiosis of cultures is in the historical center, which was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005, and that is exactly where I spent the entire day with Macau Tourism.

Macau Museum is an excellent place to begin a tour, as it displays and explains the history and traditions of Macau through permanent collections and exhibitions.  It is also a lovely place to take a city break if needed.

My favorite part of the museum were the spectacular cityscape views of Macau, where it is possible to see that while the region has moved into present day with its modern hotel and buildings, it has still retained its unique heritage that dates back thousands of years.

Besides the fact that the historical center is infectiously fascinating, everything is within walking distance.  There are a total of 20 sites, with the most famous being next on our list and right around the corner from the museum. . .

128 thoughts on “Macau: Day 2 (Part 1)

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I hope you can visit too!!! Check back for some more tips and suggestions on things to do and see. I LOVED it there and I have no doubt you will too. 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Oh what a shame! I found so many spots in Macau that I found to be SO peaceful!!! Hopefully, you can return and experience them for yourself. 🙂

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  1. Jay

    Looks fascinating! My trip to HK this summer was cancelled due to our big move but I sure hope to make it there, and Macau sometime in the future!

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  2. Lucas

    I love you so much and I’m so lucky to be able to spend the rest of my life with such a beautiful, amazing, talented woman!

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  3. Charu

    I’m so glad you liked the cultural parts of Macau–those were my favorite too. I mean, the idea of Portuguese history is just palpable everywhere, but few actually SEE it because they spend so much time at the casinos. And yes, Mandarin was my favorite hotel too! Great pictures.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thank you!!! Agree, most people just see the inside of the casinos (which by the way are pretty awesome), but they miss out on SO much. The history is just amazing!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      It’s so sad that the only aspect of Macau that is really talked about are the casinos, I suppose it’s the same for Vegas too? But, there is SO much more!!!

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  4. Katie @ Domestiphobia

    I can’t believe you get to do this for a living (or at least a part of it).

    Envy.

    Sigh.

    Beautiful, beautiful photos! I live in NC, so if you ever need an assistant… you know… or just someone to carry your bags, let me know. 😉

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Sometimes I can’t believe it either!!! But, honestly if this is something you want to do, you could do it too! I’m always happy to give advice re: traveling photojournalism. Thank you for your kind words about my photos! Where in NC do you live??? If you’re near Charlotte I would LOVE to meet up! XO

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Well, Brasil was over a year ago, but if I told you the countries that I went to in between Brasil and Macau you might just kill me hahaha. Wanderlust is a great problem to have. 🙂

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  6. Andi

    Love the photos, this is not a place I have thought about visiting, so I am looking forward to getting immersed into your trip!

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