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7 Free Things To Do In Macau

by Contributor on October 7, 2013

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Today’s guest post takes us to China where Agness of eTramping has sussed out some of the best things to do in Macau that won’t cost you anything.

Although Macau is not necessary a budget friendly place, there are still plenty of free of change attractions you can enjoy while exploring the Las Vegas of China. Here are our top 7 choices:

1. Senado Square

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Senado Square, Macau

There is nothing better than strolling down the Senado Square on a sunny day, holding a cup of Portuguese coffee with some egg tarts (you will fall in love with Portuguese cuisine) and admiring wave-patterned mosaic colored stones and Portuguese styled windows and walls. This place is Macau’s urban center and an extremely common venue for big events and holiday celebrations. The Square looks lovely at night so it’s a perfect place to romantic walk. If you get hungry, you can get some local street seafood (steamed, boiled or grilled).

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Senado Square at night

2. Ruins of St. Paul

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Ruins of St. Paul

That should be the highlight of your visit in Macau. These 17th century ruins are the main touristic attraction of this place. As we found out, the ruins feature a spectacular façade with intricate carvings by Japanese monks. Get ready for the massive queues!

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Ruins of St. Paul

3. Holy House of Mercy of Macau

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The building of Holy House of Mercy of Macau

It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Centre of Macau” and it’s worth spending a couple of hours there. You are surrounded by charming Portuguese fountains, beautiful flowers and some statues made of stone.

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Inside the Holy House of Mercy of Macau

4. Local Churches (St. Augustin Church, St. Lawrence Church)

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St. Augustin Church

Almost all local churches are free of charge. You can not only go pray there, but also admire the Portuguese architecture. Their decorations and objects displayed in the church are very interesting to see. The good news is that churches are never busy. You can spot only a few locals praying and some tourists taking photos.

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St. Augustin Church

5. Monte Forte

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The front gate of Monte Forte

Monte Forte was built in the 16th century and it was later used as a military base. Nowadays, the fort features a public park, an observatory and the Macau Museum.

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The view from the top of Monte Forte

It is located a few meters walking distance from the famous ruins of St. Paul Church. It is being preserved perfectly and it is open to visitors every day. You can enjoy a stunning view over Macau from here.

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Having my lunch on the top of Monte Forte. What a view!

6. Macau Bridge

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Macau Tower seen from the bridge

If you feel like exploring Macau on foot, try to walk towards the main bridge of Macau. It’s long and you will sweat a lot to get on the other side on a sunny day, but it’s worth the view.

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The stunning view from Macau bridge

7. Hac Sa Beach

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Empty Hac Sa Beach, Macau

Hac Sa Beach is considered to be the largest natural beach in Macau. It is on the southeast side of Coloane (you can easily get there by a local bus 25 or 26A which goes directly there from the city center). As its Chinese name implied, Hac Sa Beach is famous for its black sand. You can also enjoy a little picnic in the park nearby as we did.

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Having a picnic in the park at Hac Sa Beach

Which of those attractions would you love to see?

Bio: Agness is a Polish vagabond who, after graduation, left her comfort zone and set off for a journey of her lifetime to China in 2011. She has been constantly travelling the world since then (slowly, but surely as she says), living like a local for less than $25 a day. She became a photography passionate and adventure blogger sharing her life enthusiasm and travel experience with everyone around. She blogs at eTramping and you can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Agness October 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Many thanks for having me here. I hope people will stop thinking of Macau as an expensive travel destination which offers only casinos :).

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Alex | Partial Parallax October 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Looks like a truly fascinating place, I never knew the Portuguese colonised regions just off China. Macau looks so interesting and very different to the usual sights you see in China or in the majority of Asia with such a heavy Portuguese influence.

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Andi October 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

I LOVED Macau! Such great pics!!!

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Agness October 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thanks Andi!

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Annette | Bucket List Journey October 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

It always surprises me how many AMAZING things you can do for FREE!

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Hadlay October 10, 2013 at 4:34 am

Wow I have always heard of Macau but never really took the time to research the region properly. Portuguese and Chinese culture makes for a fascinating combination. I am intrigued to see more. Thank you for the awesome tips.

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Heather October 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I didn’t enjoy my time in Macau, but this makes me want to give the city another chance. We went at Christmas thinking it would be deserted since the Chinese don’t celebrate the holiday. We couldn’t have been more wrong! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place so crowded before, literally wall to wall people. It looks much more pleasant in the summertime!

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Agness October 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I know, Macau is a very crowdy place. The majority of Chinese and Hong Kong locals go there every week to visit the casinos or do some shopping. It’s super busy even when there is no holiday. Hope you can give this place another go in the future :).

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Sherry October 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

It’s always a good thing to know of the freebies where money can get lost so quickly. I love the combination of culture here. The views from above with the different architecture is probably so fascinating.

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Agness October 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

It’s extremely fascinating, you would be blown away!

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Andy October 15, 2013 at 4:23 am

Great suggestions! I have heard that Macau can be both fun and crazy with all of its casino frenzy. Those look like some fun things to do.

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Agness October 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Andy! Macau is so much fun, hope you can enjoy it once you make it there :)!!

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Charu November 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Agree with Senado Square and St. Paul…I loved that cultural angle of Macau, too

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Julie K. December 9, 2013 at 4:25 am

I hear Macau is great for fantastic custom made furniture shopping, apart from other things. Quite fascinating that this is the only place in China where gambling is allowed..It´s seems like a very complex mixture of western and Asian culture, casinos and the whole gambling world being part of the Asian legacy while the historic centre belonging to the European one.

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