Soak in the arts and culture

LAST STOP: A-Ma Temple was built even before the city of Macau. There are various pavilions dedicated to the worship of different deities.


    May 28, 2014

    Soak in the arts and culture

    MACAU is a place where you can immerse yourself in the rich heritage while also enjoying a wide range of arts and cultural activities.

    This week we highlight A Tour Of Arts And Culture, featuring various attractions - from museums to the science centre - which visitors can take in on foot.

    First, head to Macau Fisherman's Wharf - the territory's first themed, large-scale entertainment complex. There, you will find dining, shopping, entertainment and other facilities.

    Located at Macau's outer harbour, it covers more than 111,500 sq m - the equivalent of some 22 football fields.

    From the wharf, you can hop across the street to the famous Sands Macau Hotel, go through the square, and the next destination will be on your left - the Macau Cultural Centre, which has hosted concerts, performances and exhibitions.

    Just two minutes away is the Macau Museum of Art. Apart from holding regular exhibitions of Chinese paintings, calligraphy and ceramics, it organises special exhibitions.

    You can find out online what's scheduled at the two venues before actually heading there.

    From the art museum, take a three-minute stroll to the Handover Gifts Museum of Macau, which showcases gifts presented by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and others when Macau was handed back to China in 1999.

    Tourists can learn more about the unique history of the territory at the museum.

    For a refreshing change after your trip into Macau's past, take a 15-minute walk to the Macau Science Centre.

    Designed by renowned Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, the building has a distinctive silver cone-shaped exterior.

    The centre boasts 14 galleries, so science buffs might want to allocate more time to exploring the space.

    From the science centre, you can saunter over to the next stop some 18 minutes away - the Kun lam Ecumenical Centre. Right outside stands a 20m-high statue dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, or Kun lam, so there's no way you can miss it.

    Designed by a Portuguese sculptor, the ecumenical centre combines icons of traditional Buddhist culture (note the lotus-shaped dome) with European sculptural norms. There, you can read up on the history of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

    Hungry after all this trekking? Head across the street from the ecumenical centre and walk along the beach, where you will find many speciality restaurants and bars. While tucking into a great meal, you can enjoy a lovely view of Nam Van Lake.

    Hunger pangs satiated, you can start off again and take a walk to Macau Tower. The 338m-tall building offers a broad array of shopping and entertainment facilities.

    The last stop on this walking trail is A-Ma Temple, which lies within the Historic Centre of Macau. The temple was featured in last week's tour - East Meets West - so if you have already seen it, you can explore the surrounding area instead.

    This week's trail will take you more than two hours to complete, even if you linger at each spot for no more than 10 minutes. If you have a serious passion for the arts and culture, do allocate more time to the trail and experience Macau's splendid heritage.