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“A step back in time”

Historic Centre of Macau
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

The historic attractions in downtown Macau are well documented in many guide books so the following comments are aimed at facilitating visits to those attractions rather than dwelling too much on the attractions themselves.
A large part of the old city is flat so walking is easily achieved but the attractions centred around Senado square are a long way by foot by those centered around the Maritime Museum so it is best to allow a morning or afternoon to visit each one separately.
Bus services between these two resorts are frequent and low cost but it is important to have the correct change in either HK$ or Pecatas before boarding the bus and to bear in mind that most bus drivers do not speak any English so you have to be aware of where you need to alight well before you board the bus.
Taxis are also available and are metered and for short distances the prices are not unreasonable. For the Senado Square area it is best to arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds, particularly on and around the steps of St. Paul's cathedral. Photography of historic buildings around Senado Square is also easier in the morning. Our opinion was that the Casa Gardens were not remarkable and the views over the town from the gardens are disappointing as they consist of primarily of roof tops of dilapidated buildings. The National Museum is well worth visiting and for those who have difficulty in walking, the museum provides wheel chairs free of charge.

For the other major tourist area, it is best to start at the Maritime Museum followed by the A-Ma temple and then take a gentle 20 minute walk, albeit uphill, past the Morrish Barracks towards Lilau Square and then visit what for us was the highlight of our four days in Macau, the Mandarin's house. It is not easy to find the Mandarin's house but once you have reached Lilau Square there is a narrow road directly opposite and approximately 50 metres down this road on the left hand side you will find the Mandarin's House which was built before 1869 and then in more recent years fell into disrepair but has been extensively renovated within the last 10 years and now is in excellent condition.

It is worth noting that several of the attractions in Macau are free and where there is a charge, for those seniors, above the age of 60, fees are either waived or reduced.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

The historic center is the heart and the flavor of the city.
Nice colonial squares and churches, nice open air shopping and most of all the street of food vendors where you can try all the local specialty, from the dried meat to the almond hot cookies warmed up on bamboo racks on hot charcoal.
This place is what makes Macau different from Vegas... worth to see.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I had the great time in Macau only here in this historic center. i enjoyed the Portuguese shops after shops in a very chiness setting. it's very interesting. i enjoy shopping brand name and cosmetics products, as well as buy them famous egg tart. to me this is the only real macau feel.
i so glad to get most of my shopping done in the street before my tour guide head to classy Venice Mall with the canal indoor and fake sky.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

The old centre of Macau is interesting, with a number of lovely old buildings that have been well restored. It's worth doing a half day's walk through the centre, stopping to refresh yourself with a Portuguese custard tart at regular intervals!

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

The historic centre of Macau is a little diffuse, and unless you are able to walk some reasonable distances you will do well to get a map with bus routes marked on it. You also need to be able to cope with the large crowds of tourists milling about mostly outside the ruins of Sao Paulo- oddly enough, if you go one or two streets away from the ruins there is no one!
The Museum had a reasonable number of visitors and is well laid out to sequentially lead you through the early history of Macau up to the present day. Many of the exhibits were quite impressive though a little more explanation might be desirable for the more inquisitive. At the top you will find the old fort complete with gun emplacements.
The Mandarin's House is very interesting and it was a pity in a way to find there were very few visitors. This huge building has been painstakingly restored and can be almost fully explored by visitors. The size of a small village, it must have been truly astounding in its heyday.
Do call in to the large building across from Senado Square. Inside you will find a pretty sitting-out garden and a large public library. An oasis of quiet compared to bustling Senado Square.
Lou Kau's House and the Pawn Shop Museum are also well worth a look, though as both are small will not take up more than 20-30 minutes each.
Just wandering around the old buildings is fun, they are so pretty and so unlike the more British-inspired buildings we are more familiar with. A great day.

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