There’s more to Macau than first meets the eye. Yes, it’s the gambling capital of the world, but that’s not all it offers. It boasts the world’s only assimilation of Chinese and Portuguese cultures, and the result is a visually unique city unlike anywhere else.
At ground level, it’s a visual feast of East meets West, but, as the following drone footage proves, viewed from above it’s even more stunning.
Formerly a Portuguese colony for more than 400 years, Macau has been greatly influenced by its European past and blends these influences seamlessly with its Chinese roots. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, the city has done a terrific job of preserving its unique heritage.
Walking around its historic centre you will get a taste of Macau’s unique cocktail of East meets West, old meets new, and Las Vegas meets China blend. From signature landmarks like the majestic Ruins of St. Paul’s to the enchanting A-Ma Temple, at times it feels as though you’re walking around Lisbon, then Las Vegas, and at other points, it couldn’t appear more Chinese if it tried. However, viewed from above, the contrasts and colours of the city come into even sharper focus.
Where to go for the best views in Macau
Sky Shuttle offer helicopter rides between Hong Kong and Macau with a chance to view both cities’ impressive skylines from above. Alternatively, you can hike up to Macau’s highest point, Alto de Coloane. At 560 ft above sea level, Alto de Coloane offers some lovely nature trails, including the 8km Coloane Hiking Trail, which takes hikers to the summit where you can enjoy panoramic views looking out to the South China Sea.
Otherwise, the viewing deck atop of the iconic Macau Tower offers 360-degree views of the city from its level 58 observation lounge.