Voting period:
4 SEP 2019 – 8 JAN 2020

TOUR

Macao Discovery Tour (incl. lunch)
Sunday, 1 March 2020
08:00 hrs – 16:30 hrs

USD 150/person
(Not included in conference fees, you must register separately for this tour)

Tour Program

08:00 hrs Assemble in front of Hall E, Level 3, Venetian Macao Hotel.
08:30 hrs Group walk together to the Shuttle Bus and Depart from Venetian Hotel.
Tour starts at St. Francis Xavier Church, Coloane Library and Coloane Pier.
10:00 hrs Visit Our Lady of Carmel Church and Taipa Houses Museum.
11:00 hrs Visit A Ma Temple.
12:00 hrs International Buffet Lunch at Macao Tower.
14:00 hrs Continue Tour at Macao Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre.
15:00 hrs Visit Ruins of St. Paul’s, St. Dominic's Church and Senado Square.
16:00 hrs Transfer back to Hotel.
16:30 hrs Drop-off at Venetian Macao Hotel. End of Tour.


Tour Description

Macao Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre

Soaring 338 meters above the city, the Macao Tower is the 10th highest freestanding tower in the world and the 8th tallest in Asia. It stands taller than Auckland's Sky Tower, Paris' Eiffel, and Sydney's AMP Tower. The Macao Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre (MTCEC) fronts onto the Pearl River and the Nam Van Lake development.

The Tower dominates the skyline and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Macao cityscape, China, the Pearl River and even some islands of Hong Kong on a clear day.

A Ma Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Located at Barra Point, close to the centre of Macao, this temple is dedicated to the seafarers' goddess and dates from the early 16th century. The temple name, A-Ma-Gau is also the source of Macao's name. Temple grounds include prayer halls, pavilions and courtyards built into a boulder-strewn hill and connected by winding paths. This temple is distinguished by beautiful tiled roofs and spectacular views from the upper gardens. To scare away evil spirits, firecrackers are set-off in the entrance courtyard to greet visitors and traditional lion dances are performed here on weekends.

Ruins of St. Paul’s (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

When in Macao a must visit site is the magnificent stone facade and grand staircase, which are the remains of St. Paul's, the greatest of Macao's churches. Built in 1602 and destroyed by fire in 1835, the surviving facade rises in 4 colonnaded tiers and is covered with carvings and statues illustrating the early days of the Church in Asia.

St. Dominic's Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

St. Dominic's Church has a violently dramatic past. In 1644 a military officer who supported the Spanish against the Portuguese was murdered at the altar during Mass. In 1707 the Dominicans sided with the Pope against Macao's bishop in the Rites Controversy. When local soldiers tried to enforce an excommunication order on them, the friars locked themselves in the church for three days and pelted the soldiers with stones. In 1834 the monastic orders were suppressed and for a time the church was used by the government as barracks, stable and public works office.

Senado Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Senado Square has been Macao’s urban centre for centuries, and is still the most popular venue for public events and celebrations today. The 3700 square meter Senado Square is surrounded by pastel-colored neo-classical buildings, creating a consistent and harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere. It is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones, created by Portuguese experts. From the main road to the church of St. Dominic’s Church, the pavement extends to the Ruins of St. Paul's, making the heart of the city a pedestrian paradise.

Taipa Houses Museum

The Taipa Houses Museum was built in 1921, and had been the residences for high superiors and Macanese families. In fact, it was bought and recovered by government in the 80's. The houses was transformed into museums and was renamed as "Macanese House", "House of the Islands", "House of the Portugal Regions", "Exhibition Gallery" and "House for Reception".

Our Lady of Carmel Church

The Church of Our Lady of Carmel is the only catholic church of Taipa, situated at the Carmel Square, the upper point between the Taipa Village and the famous Praia Avenue, from which the Macao Peninsula can be viewed. It was commanded to be built by the João Procópio Martins, in 1875, intended to introduce the Catholic religion in Taipa and the church was completed in 1885.According to some statistics, there lived 3,230 residents in Taipa in 1880, only 35 of whom were Catholics. The building is painted yellow on the exterior wall. Large windows allow the sunlight into the interior of the church.

St. Francis Xavier Church

Built in 1928, this chapel follows the baroque style of Macao's major churches, built in 1928. It has a cream and white façade with oval windows and a bell tower. It stands behind the monument commemorating the local victory over pirates in 1910.

The chapel contains some of the most sacred relics of Christian Asia. In a silver reliquary is a bone from the arm of St. Francis Xavier, who followed his missionary successes in Japan by coming to the China coast, where he died in 1552 on Sanchuan Island, 50 miles from Macao.

Coloane Library

Built around 1911, the one-storey Library was the former Municipal School of Coloane and now offers a cozy environment for the community to read. With an emphasis to embrace the nature, the architectural style makes the library look harmonious with its surrounding buildings. Besides a stroll along the shore, you can also rent a bike to explore the old village where you can discover traces of the fishing industry of the bygone era.

Coloane Pier

Rebuilt in 1873, the Pier had been a crucial public ferry terminal between Coloane, Taipa and Macao Peninsula, where small vessels were berthed, before Estrada do Istmo and the Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge came into service. In the old days, there was regular ferry service, bringing passengers from Macao and Taipa to Coloane. With ferries running between the Pier and the Mainland as well, a customs checkpoint was set up for management purposes. As time went by, the key function of the Pier was fading away. With bridges built and land reclamation, the aroma of local dried seafood products may remind you of the bygone days at the Pier



Dress Code: Comfortable walking shoes and sunglasses are recommended.
Remark: As group size is over 100 pax, guests may need to separate into groups and view attractions in different order to the above itinerary.


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