DELVE INTO SINO-PORTUGUESE RELATIONS

MACAO

  • Take an East-meets-West tour
  • Dine on a Portuguese specialty
  • Learn about this port city’s maritime past




Kick-off a day of East-meets-West exploration at a prime architectural example of Macao’s melting pot: the Italian-designed neoclassical Moorish Barracks built in 1874 for a troop of Muslim Indian police from Goa. From there, wander down to A-Ma Temple, a 15th-century Taoist shrine named for the Goddess of the Sea. Gaze past Macao’s western border to the Pearl River Delta from the courtyards built into cliffs that rise up behind the temple. Break for lunch at O Porto Interior Restaurante, a local favorite for Portuguese cuisine. The dish not to miss: codfish “Gomes de Sá,” a Porto-inspired casserole of dried cod, potatoes, and onions. Curious about the local catch that was just on your plate? Dig into Sino-Portuguese history at the Macao Maritime Museum, which marks the spot where the Portuguese first set foot in Macao. The ground floor, rich with artifacts from traditional fishing communities along China’s southern coast, is worth the bulk of your time there. Wrap up your wanderings with coffee at the alfresco café of Pousada de São Tiago, a boutique hotel carved from the ramparts of an old Portuguese fort.




















Begin at the Moorish Barracks, a 10-minute cab ride from the Conrad. All other points of interest are within a few minutes walk of one another.

​​MOORISH BARRACKS Calçada da Barra; +853-8399-6699

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A-MA TEMPLE: Rua de São Tiago da Barra; +853-2836-6866; en.macaotourism.gov.mo

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O PORTO INTERIOR RESTAURANTE 259 B; Rua do Almirante Sergio; +853-2896-7770

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MACAO MARITIME MUSEUM 1 Largo do Pagode da Barra; +853-2859-5481; www.marine.gov.mo

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POUSADA DE SÃO TIAGO Avenida da Republica, Fortaleza de São Tiago da Barra; +853-2837-8111