Sometimes, when you want to go abroad for travel, and it’s just a sudden thought, but if the country yo want to go have to with visa to through, then you have to wait for the visa, after days later, the visa passes, and you don’t have that sudden thought anymore. It’s a good experience to take a walk-and-go trip in your life, so the visa free countries play an important role in such situation.
Today, I would like to introduce some must-destinations in these visa free countries or regions. The first one is Macao in China.
Macao, also known as Magang, Haojiang, Soda Port, etc., is called the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is an international free port, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and one of the world’s four largest casinos.
Although one of the most famous thing in Macau is gambling, but there are still other places that worth visiting. In 2019, there are 8 launched places in Macau called Macao New Eight Scenic Spots
The “New Eight Scenics of Macau” is a gift for the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region. It gathers social forces and wisdom to jointly select eight landscapes representing the new milestones and new faces of the Macao Special Administrative Region through global voting activities to create a new era , New values, and the new brand of “Macao New Eight Views”, which outlines the image of Macau as a cultural city, helps Macau to position itself as a world tourism and leisure center, and develops Macau’s role as a center, platform, and base. ,
The scenic spots selected as the “Macao New Eight Scenic Spots” are: West View Yangshan, Two Lakes and One Tower, Senado Square, Longjiao Point, Coloane Fishing Village, Love Lane, Fulong New Street and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
1. Hongkong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
The bridge connects the three regions, Hongkong, Zhuhai and Macao, to build up the trade relationship and prosperity between the main land of china and Macao. The bridge start to build in 2009, after 9 years later, it has been finished until 2018. This bridge has 55km in length, and the main bridge has 29.6 kilometers.
It is the world’s largest, highest standard, and most challenging cross-sea bridge project, the world’s longest immersed tube tunnel, and the world’s longest bridge-tunnel combined road. If you go to Macao one day, you can see this spectacle in your own eyes and I believe that you will be surpirsed by it.
2. West View Yangshan
Looking to the west, Yangshan Mountain, commonly known as Bishop Mountain, is 62.7 meters above sea level, facing Yangshan Mountain to the east. Located on the top of the mountain, Xiwangyang Sanctuary was built in 1622. It was the residence of the bishop of the former Catholic diocese of Macau. It is covered with a Gothic church spire. It is rated as “buildings of architectural and artistic value” and is included in the “Macao Cultural Relics List” “. There is a high platform in front of the church with a marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary, and below is a cave of the Virgin Mary, which symbolizes the appearance of the Virgin in public in Lutheran City in France in ancient times. On the east foot of the west, there is the official residence of the Portuguese Consul General in Macau ( Front Peak View Hotel), you can enjoy the view of Macau South Bay from the mountain.
3. Senado Square
It has always been the center of Macau and many activities are held here. The right side of the square is mainly the post office building with western classicism characteristics and the neoclassical Benevolent Church building. On the left side is a three-story neoclassical building with pedestrian corridors. The ground is paved with a wave pattern of Portuguese gravel to set off the surroundings. The city’s municipal office building, post office building, and the Hall of Mercy and other characteristic buildings reflect the Portuguese sailing culture and the integration of Chinese and Western cultures. The Municipal Office Building is one of the oldest and most important public buildings in Macau. It was built at the end of the 16th century. It was used as a municipal office building, museum, post and telecommunications agency, health agency, court and prison, etc. The building has meeting rooms. , Libraries, galleries, gift galleries, gardens, the inner walls are embedded with many historically valuable stone sculptures, telling the centuries-old history of Macau.
4. Fulong New Street
Fulong New Street is located in the southwest of the Macau Peninsula. It is a well-known old street with a length of 220 meters. The street is lined with two-story Chinese-style houses with blue brick and red tile roofs. It is currently the most complete group of brothel buildings in China. The “living fossil” of brothel culture. Fulong New Street used to be a place where there were many Qinlou and Chu pavilions, and a place where smokehouses and restaurants concentrated on fireworks. After the changes in history, Fulong New Street has become a “food street” with many restaurants and souvenir shops, suitable for families, residents and tourists, and a gathering place for local delicacies. It is also a popular shooting scene.
5. Two Lakes and One Tower
“Two Lakes and One Tower” guides Bay Lake, West Bay Lake and the tourist tower. Nanwan Lake and Saiwan Lake are located in the south of the Macau Peninsula and are formed by embankments. In the evening, Nanwan Lake has waterfall fountains and laser performances. In recent years, the leisure plaza “Nanwan · Yawen Lakeside” created by the Macau government, combines water amusement facilities, specialty catering and cultural and creative product sales to provide diverse services and experiences. West Bay Lake used to be a berth for merchant ships, and its shores were houses and embankments. The Xiwan Lake Plaza is divided into upper and lower levels. The lower level is near the shore of Xiwan Lake. From here, you can enjoy the lake and watch the Bishop Mountain on the opposite bank and the beautiful southern European style buildings under the mountain.
The tourist tower is located in the newly reclaimed area of South Bay and was designed by New Zealand architect Gordon Moller. The top of the tower is 338 meters high and offers a bird’s-eye view of the Pearl River Delta. It integrates tourism, sightseeing, performances, conferences, exhibitions, shopping, dining, entertainment and communications. In one, there are adventure activities such as “Bunny Jump”, “High Flying Jump”, “Air Walk X Version” and “Hundred Steps to the Sky”.
6. Dragon Claw Point
Dragon Claw Point is located on the southwest bank of Heisha Beach in Coloane. It is named after the “Dragon Claw Stone”, which is about 4 meters high and has a peculiar appearance. Legend has it that a little dragon in the sky eats flat peaches without authorization and was demoted to the earth by the Jade Emperor and imprisoned in it. The big stone is named after the texture of the dragon claw, dragon head, dragon body, and dragon scales. Longzhaojiao is distributed along the coast with golden yellow rocks (“ape-man stone”, “lizard stone”, “eagle beak stone”, “pig’s head stone”, etc.), coastal ecological resources (tide ecology, flora and fauna), black sand and sea waves Shooting and the changing of the sun have become a place for many photographers to take pictures. The “Long Claw Point Coastal Trail” is now available for pedestrians to walk along the coast and enjoy the coastline and sunrise and sunset views of Macau.
7. Love Lane
Love Lane is adjacent to the Ruins of the St. Paul’s, the colorful buildings have become the shooting scene of many film and television works. The street opened in the early twentieth century and is about 50 meters long. The Portuguese street name in Love Alley is “Travessa da Paixão”, where “Paixão” means “passion”. The original meaning is to commemorate the love and sentiment that Jesus sacrificed for the salvation of mankind. However, due to the beautiful misunderstanding in translation, it was created The beautiful street name “Love Lane”.
8. Coloane Fishing Village
The Coloane Fishing Village is a port with a long history, and the village culture was also formed in ancient times. The village extends north to the old ferry terminal and south to the Tan Gong Temple. The fishing village still retains many representative buildings, including Coloane Wharf, Three Holy Palace, Ennis President’s Front, Coloane St. Francis’s Church, Majiro Front, Coloane Library, Guanyin Temple, Tin Hau Ancient temples, Tan Kung Temple, etc., are rich in Macao’s history and culture, and are also hot spots for film and television works. Archaeological findings indicate that the Coloane Fishing Village has traces of human activities during the Neolithic Age. The prehistoric civilization unearthed is now stored in the Macau Museum and the Cotai Museum for citizens and tourists to visit.
The above eight places are worth visiting in Macao, it not only can help you know the culture of Macao, but also relax yourself.