Macao is one of the most unique destinations in Asia with its East-Meets-West architecture and culture which coexists side by side with a modern and lavish lifestyle generated by its casinos and tourist industry. Known by many as the Asia’s gaming capital, Macao is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 20 historical locations of note. You can find a beautiful blend of history, culture, architecture, shopping, and gaming in Macao. Below are the 20 things I love about the Magical Macao:
1. A-Ma Temple - The origin of the name 'Macao'
The most famous and oldest (built in 1488) of Macao’s Chinese temples, this Taoist building was around before the Portuguese colonisation and therefore has a huge historical significance to the island and its initial religious standing prior to the western colonization. The goddess A-Ma is also where Macao gets its name from. When the Portuguese landed on a sea promontory 400 years ago it was near this temple. When they asked the locals the name of the land, they misunderstood, thinking that the Portuguese were asking for the name of the temple. So they answered 'Ma Ge', which was the name of the temple; this later distorted into Macao.