GLOBAL online voting campaign for “Macao New Eight Scenic Spots” has recently announced its results after running for 54 days. Hosted by the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (CCEA), these eight new high-ranking scenic spots include traditional tourist destinations and new, emerging ones.
These popular attractions represent the beautiful cultural marriage of China and the West, perfectly reflecting the spiritual and urban side of Macao.
The spots include the Two Lakes and One Tower, Travessa da Paixão, Senado Square, Coloane Fishing Village, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Rua da Felicidade, Penha Hill and Long Chao Kok which were selected for their importance to humanity, history and nature.
Some new tourist spots also made it to the final list.
The “Macao New Eight Scenic Spots” represent the spirit of Macao and the development of the urban city as it integrates the old and new, as well as the west and the east.
Two Lakes and One Tower
Referring to the lakes of Nam Van and Sai Van with the Macao Tower, this spot provides a scenic view of both South European and modern buildings set amid the lakes and hill.
Long Chao Kok
Located in the southwest coast of black sand beach Long Chao Kok was named after a peculiar “dragon claw stone” and displays some of Macao’s natural scenery.
Coloane Fishing Village
This fishing village has a rich history and culture as far back as the olden times. The village extends northwards to the old Coloane Port and southwards to Tam Kong Temple.
The hill is famous for the Our Lady of Penha Chapel, once the residence of the bishop of the diocese of Macao. Covered in trees, the hill offers a quiet, beautiful setting to enjoy great views of the Praia Grande and the Macao Inner Harbour.
Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge
Open to the public last year, the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge is a 55km bridge-tunnel system that connects Macao with Hong Kong and Zhuhai. It is the largest in scale, highest standard and one of the most challenging cross-sea bridge construction ever.
Rua da Felicidade
A well-known old street next to Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Rua da Felicidade features Chinese style two-storey houses constructed with blue-grey bricks and red tiled roofs, representing the most well-preserved brothel buildings in China. Today, these houses host restaurants and souvenir shops.
Travessa da Paixão
The colourful buildings of Travessa da Paixão lay next to the Ruins of St Paul’s. Although the Portuguese word paixão refers to the passion of Christ, it somehow came to mean “being in love” in Chinese and have since attracted many visitors.
Located in the bustling centre of the city, the square with its Portuguese pavement surrounded by South European style architecture like the IAM Building, is the core area of the world cultural heritage and the historic centre of Macao.
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) will be participating in the popular MATTA Fair KL and “Mak Mak”, Macao’s official tourism mascot, will also be there to greet visitors.
This year’s exhibition will be a hit with visitors as there will be many promotional Macao travel packages up for grabs.
Be one of the first 300 people to purchase travel packages and you will get to take home shopping vouchers as well exclusive gifts. Promotion valid while stocks last, terms and conditions apply.
Book your travel package to Macao and experience a plethora of culturally vibrant activities and events in that beautiful city. Macao will definitely be one holiday destination you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Visit MGTO at booths 1443-1448 in Hall 1 at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur, this Sept 6 to 8.
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