A former colony of the Portuguese Empire and the current special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, Macau is one of the top tourist destinations nowadays, especially when it comes to gambling. In fact, its gambling industry is seven times larger than the one of Las Vegas. As one of the cities with the highest income per capita in the world, Macau is often called “Vegas of China” or “Asia’s Las Vegas”.
Apart from being famous for its gambling industry, Macau is also well known for its cultural heritage and breathtaking sites such as the ruins of St Paul’s Church and the Senado Square. In addition, this beautiful city abounds in fascinating modern buildings some of which were designed by some of the world’s greatest architects.
Morpheus hotel represents a new level of luxury in Macau. Its free-form structure, mesh nodes, and organically shaped voids make this hotel a true architectural wonder. The hotel was designed by legendary architect Zaha Hadid who revolutionized construction methods by using an external skeleton for support, which makes this hotel one of the most unique ones in the world. Morpheus hotel also features two sky bridges connecting the two towers, an infinity pool, two restaurants, suites, sky villas, and so on.
Macau Science Center
Macau Science Center is an asymmetrical conical metal structure designed by exceptionally talented Ieoh Ming Pei. This 230 thousand square-meter building features a skylight atrium, a spiral ramp connecting its galleries, planetariums, a rhomboid convention center, and a glass-enclosed walkway connecting the main cone-shaped building to a viewing platform. Thanks to its special design, it was chosen as one of the filming locations of the Hollywood thriller “Now You See Me 2”.
Macau Tower Convention & Exhibition Center
This is Macau’s most iconic landmark, which gives its visitors a chance to see the whole peninsula and Taipa’s harbourfront. With its height of 338 meters, it features one of the world’s highest bungee jumping centers and it has also been a filming destination for several reality shows such as America’s Next Top Model. This astonishing structure was designed by award-winning architect Gordon Moller.
The 13 hotel
The 13 is an ultra-luxury hotel designed by famous architect Peter Marino, also known for designing a lot of luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton or Chanel stores. This hotel looks like a diamond rising from the ground, covered with a bright, royal red cape. This 30 000-feet high hotel is located in the Seac Pai Van area in Coloane and it is expected to continue growing in the future.
Macau is certainly one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the world. It is a blend of ancient ruins and modern buildings, old traditions and customs and modern lifestyle. If you are someone who wants to experience something completely different and unique, you should definitely visit Macau. Its intriguing history and mesmerizing architecture will certainly have an impact on you and they will inspire your future adventures.