The 4th International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy System
Landmarks & Attractions
Less than an hour from Hong Kong, this former territory of Portugal feels like a mix of Lisbon and Vegas, thanks to its colonial architecture, swanky casinos, and waves of white and gray cobblestone in the squares.

What to do in Macau?--
Essential Sites to See

Portuguese Macau


If you're looking to explore the Portuguese angle, then there are a couple of streets that are a must. Largo do Senado (Senado Square) contains some of the most quintessentially Portuguese buildings in the city, such as the Leal Senado Building and the Holy House of Mercy. The square is next to the main road, Almeida Ribeiro. Just north of the square lies the impressive ruins of Sao Paulo (St Paul's), once the biggest church in Asia. The church was destroyed by fire in 1835, but its impressive facade and staircase still make it worth the clamber up the hill.

Chinese Macau


Those seeking the Chinese slant on the city should head for a stroll along Rua De Felicidade. This former red-light district is packed with traditional shops selling various jerky and cookies, as well as Macau's oldest restaurant, Fat Siu Lau, which serves up a mean roasted pigeon. Another building worth visiting is Temple da Deusa A-Ma (A-Ma Temple), which is just next to the inner harbor at the bottom of Barra Hill The temple is over 600 years old and was erected before the Portuguese ever arrived.

Macau Beaches


Macau's 'other' two islands contain the majority of the region's beaches. One of the best is Hac Sa beach, which stretches for miles and has 'relatively' clean water. Hac Sa beach is on Coloane island and it will take you at least 30 mins to get there from Macau proper. Macau's minibusses frequently change their routes and numbers. Currently, number 56 is the best bus out to the island, but it's best to check.

Restaurants in Macau


Macanese cuisine is unique, a blend of Chinese and other Asian flavors, as well as influences from Portugal and its colonies. Despite the misleading name, Macau's most famous specialty is African Chicken, which is chicken baked in coconut and peanut paste, with garlic and chilies. For a taste of Macanese cuisine and excellent African Chicken, Henri's Gallery has over thirty years of experience and the taste justifies the expense. For a taste of Portugal, Fernando's is a must. Set-up on the edge of Hac Sa beach, the restaurant is famous from here to Lisbon.

Casinos in Macau


The majority of visitors come to Macau for the purpose of trying their luck at the casinos. The 'Las Vegas of the East' has a dizzying range of gaming tables on offer; the monumental Sands; the newly opened Wynn and the more traditional Lisboa. Dress code is extremely relaxed at most of the major casinos, shorts and sandals are no problem.

Food & Macanese Cuisine


Like Cantonese cuisine, Macanese cuisine is largely based on freshly-caught seafood, although the creatures from the deep on offer are slightly different. Codfish, crab, and sardines all feature on menus. It is, however, in the flavors that the Portuguese influence really shines through. Spices such as chili, saffron, and cinnamon, amongst others, feature heavily, and while Cantonese cooking relies heavily on freshness and simplicity, Macanese dishes are often baked or roasted for long periods to allow the flavor of the spices to come out.
More exotic powders from Portugal's former colonies in Goa and Brazil also see coconut and turmeric are also thrown into dishes.
Chicken and pork are also popular, usually stewed or slow cooked until the meat is tender. The combinations are usually simple and large, relying on piles of meat often accompanied only with a side salad, but almost always stuffed with flavor. Desserts, arguably a weak link in the Cantonese armory, are also well represented in Macanese cuisine. Just try a Macau Egg Tart.

Shopping in Macau


Grand Canal Shoppes—
Macau’s biggest mall and home to the swankiest shops, the Grand Canal Shoppes, has become somewhat of a destination for shoppers from China and all over Asia. Set on the third floor of the Venetian Macau casino – the biggest casino in the world – the shops are lined up along the casino's fantastical Venetian inspired canals. With the canals plied by crooning gondola captains and the whole place decked out in faux Renaissance design, this is a shopping experience worth the experience even if you can’t afford the shopping.

New Yaohan Department Store—
The Yaohan is certainly the most reputable department store of Macao, and main shopping complex for both locals and visitors. The Avenida de Horta e Costa is a principal commercial and shopping thoroughfare that is nowadays lined by shops and stalls offering merchandise and goods that one expects to find at a reasonable price.

Fisherman’s Wharf—
We only include this because someone is almost certainly sure to shove a leaflet into your hand singing the praises of Fisherman’s Wharf as soon as you step off the ferry. Don’t believe it. There are two dozen underwhelming shops, some overpriced rides, and very little else.
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