In 2005 the Historic Centre of Macao was officially listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. It is the oldest, most complete and consolidated array of European architectural legacy standing intact on Chinese territory.
Local cooking in Macao consists of a blend of Cantonese and Portuguese cuisines. Many unique dishes resulted from the spice blends that the wives of Portuguese sailors used in an attempt to replicate European dishes. Its ingredients and seasonings include those from Europe, South America, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, as well as local Chinese ingredients. Typically, Macanese food is seasoned with various spices and flavors including turmeric, coconut milk, cinnamon and bacalhau, giving special aromas and tastes. Famous dishes include Galinha à Portuguesa (Portuguese chicken), Galinha à Africana (African chicken), Bacalhau, Macanese Chili Shrimps and stir-fry curry crab. Pork chop bun, ginger milk and Portuguese-style egg tart are also very popular in Macao.
Savor the best the world has to offer, from spectacular international cuisine to delectable local delicacies. When the Portuguese arrived in Asia they brought ingredients and recipes from their settlements in Africa, South America and India as well as from home. These were adapted and combined by the local Chinese to create a truly international cuisine. All tastes and preferences can be satisfied in Macao. Macao also boasts seven Michelin star restaurants.
Get the latest technological gadgets or pick up the newest fashions at Macao's malls, department stores and boutiques. Go hunting for antiques or get lost in the famous "tendinhas" (open air markets).
As Asia's ultimate meetings destination, Macao provides an unbeatable range of over 22,000 guestrooms from major international hotel brands in addition to over 1.2 million square feet of flexible and versatile meeting and exhibition space in a variety of unique venues with the latest technical options.
Macao is one of the safest cities in the world. One can feel securing wandering the laneways of Macao during day or night. Macao was ranked in 2012 as the safest city in all of China by the China Institute of City Competitiveness.
Being only 18.4 square miles in total area, nowhere in Macao is too far away. Everything is within 20 minutes travel time or less. The compactness of Macao makes travel time short and enables visitors more time to fit everything in!
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