Meet Mak Mak, Macau’s new tourism mascot
MACAU has revealed its new tourism mascot, Mak Mak, and it’s adorable.
Designer Tou Chon Wai created Mak Mak for the design contest conducted by Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
Mak Mak is inspired by one of Macau’s most iconic buildings, the Guia Fortress.
The mascot is a black-faced spoonbill bird wearing shades of red, yellow, and blue which symbolize Macau’s long rule under the Portuguese.
The introduction of Mak Mak aims to encourage travelers to explore Macau’s diverse heritage.
It will also feature on all promotional material for the special administrative region of China, just 40 miles from Hong Kong.
Despite Macau being a small 115-square-kilometer nation with a population of just 650,900 people, there is plenty to do and see.
It may be best known as the “Las Vegas of China”, but Macau’s rich heritage and mix of cultures mean it’s a destination which far surpasses just one title.
The buildings and culinary influence from its 300 years of Portuguese colonization can still be found in almost every part of the region.
From the ancient Chinese temples lined with Portuguese tiles and the sound of Cantonese and Portuguese languages filling cafes to the chance to sample a different cuisine at every meal, you won’t be bored in Macau.
Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Macau.
Ruins of the Church of St Paul
The ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the most iconic sites in Macau.
It was originally part of St Paul’s Chruch and St Paul’s college in the 17th century. However, a fire and typhoon destroyed most of the buildings in 1835.
The Venetian Macau is a luxury, 39-story casino and hotel. It is the largest casino in the world at over 10 million square feet and the seventh biggest building in the world by floor area.
The casino is divided into four themed areas with slot machines and gambling tables.
There is also an indoor sports arena, theatre shows, shopping facilities and a 2,900-suite hotel.
Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
Once the private gardens of a wealthy Chinese merchant in the 19th century, the distinctly Macanese gardens are now run by the government.
Visitors can savor a moment of tranquility between groves of bamboo and flowering bushes.
This charming, rustic neighborhood is a cultural gem among modern buildings.
Tucked away on Taipa Island, the village retains colonial pastel-colored houses, authentic dining options, and a sense of nostalgia.
The 17th-century fort is the inspiration behind Mak Mak.
The structure was built during the Portuguese rule and sits 354 meters above the city.
Housed in a red brick building, the market operates over three floors, selling fish, poultry, vegetables, and sundries.
Locals and tourists stroll side by side purchasing ingredients for Chinese, Portuguese and Macanese recipes.
Source: Travels travelwireasia.com