Discovering Macau’s Past and Present

One amazing fact about Macau is that it has the ability to bring tourists through its past and present in just a day. It is a place where the past and the present manage to co-exist and meanwhile, justify the beauty that surrounds this place. That is why many people choose not to laze off at their chosen hotel in Macau, but rather explore and discover the riches of landscape and sites.

If there is one place that best represents the old and elegant city life of Macau, it is surely the Senado Square. Constructed in 1918 and crossing over the notable Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro; this magnificent place in the city attracts many tourists. It is also a part of UNESCO’s Historic Centre of Macau.

One remarkable thing about the Senado Square is its wave-patterned mosaic flooring. It is magnificently and elaborately designed for an elegant appeal. It matches so well with the structures built around the area. Flaunting neo-classical designs in colors that are pleasing to the eye, the buildings are definitely picture perfect. Structures of interest are the Leal Senado, the General Post Office, and the St. Dominic’s Church.

In the past, the Senado Square has been where governors inspect their military troops and police forces. Nowadays, it has become of the most ideal spots for public celebration. It is also a good area to stroll – especially at night when the lights turn the area into a golden charm, exuding a very romantic appeal.

Falling in love with the Senado Square is like falling in love with Macau’s history – and it is easy to do. But it does not mean that people should be stuck in the past. Visitors can explore the present day culture by going to the Central Business District of Macau.

The CBD may not be a perfect counterpart of the Senado Square, but it sure represents the modern Macau. The area gives home to numerous skyscrapers which create a very beautiful skyline. Whether during the day or night, when the cityscape is glimmering with colorful lights emitted by the buildings, the view is absolutely breathtaking.

Many may argue that the Central Business District of the city is not much of a tourist attraction. Indeed, there are not many historical sites, or cultural representations in the area. However, the fact that it exhibits different architectural styles of the modern age is enough to draw contemporary architecture enthusiasts to its streets. One remarkable structure within the city is the BNU Tower. It is an edifice, standing tall at the heart of the district, and is owned by the Portuguese-operated bank, Banco Nacional Ultramarino.