If a visit to China or Hong Kong is on your radar don't forget to factor in a few days in fabulous Macau which, with its colonial and Chinese heritage, is unique to Asia. Reasons for visiting Macau are many, from the mix of historic and contemporary sites which give Macau an interesting contrast of east-meets-west characteristics,its Vegas-style entertainment, wonderful shopping and dining precincts and some of the world's largest and most luxurious branded hotels.
In a move to further highlight Macau's fascinating heritage, the tourist office has created a series of suggested self-guided walks which will have visitors exploring some intriguing residential back lanes previously off the main tourist map. The "Step Out Experience Macau's Communities" routes also cover the iconic hot spots and range from a Tour of Historic Trails to a longer Tour of Nature and Creativity where sightseers are able to visit some of the city's tranquil gardens as well as the prime historic sites .
All routes meander through the historic Macau peninsula where 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites are found, including the iconic Ruins of St Pauls, a much photographed surviving façade of a 17th century church destroyed by fire in 1835.
The series of suggested walks are detailed on the MGTO website and offer further proof that Macau is a destination worth spending three or more nights with each visit.
To assist travellers either before or during a Macau visit, there's now an "Experience Macau" mobile phone App with essential information on tourist hot spots, shows, general entertainment and accommodation. It also has a trip planner, 360-degree panoramic photos, audio guide, maps, even games, to name a few features.
Details: Macau Government Tourist Office, phone (02) 9264 1488 or www.macautourism.gov.mo