One of the highlights of my trip to Macau was a simple walking tour through the suburbs of Macau. With my Lonely Planet guide in hand and their suggested walking tour, I had a fantastic time walking through the streets from landmark to landmark and through narrow sidewalks where parents were walking their kids home.

Stops on Our Walking Tour of Macau Peninsula:


1. A Ma Temple: We actually skewed off Lonely Planet’s perfectly planned out itinerary and ended up taking our time (re: two days) to finish their itinerary. We started off at A-Ma Temple, which is a smallish Chinese temple dedicated to A-Ma or Tin Hau. While it’s not the most impressive temple I’ve seen, it’s interesting to see how the temple is incorporated into the side of a hill.


2. Moorish Barracks & Largo Do Lilau: Built in 1874, this old, beautiful building looks like a millionaire’s home in Portugal. However, it actually houses the  maritime police and can pass for a modern day home with it’s high ceilings and gorgeous black lanterns. Near by, the Largo Do Lilau is in a beautiful public square with old trees and the famous fountain. If you drink from the fountain, you’re destined to return to Macau.


3. Church of St. Augustine & Leal Senado: Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go into the Church of St. Augustine, but that really didn’t stop us from taking in it’s beautiful architecture. One of the beautiful things about Macau is the juxtaposition between bright, colorful Portuguese style buildings, older buildings that the locals live in, and the narrow hilly roads.

By this time, it was already late in the day, so we decided to head back to our hotel to clean up for dinner. Luckily, we were able to walk to downtown from here and grab a Portuguese egg tart before going back.

Up next: Largo do Senado, Church of St. Dominic, Macau Cathedral, Lau Kau Mansion, Monte Fort, Ruins of the Church of St. Paul

Resources and Reading Material:

A Ma Temple – Macau Heritage Net

He Who Drinks From the Lilau Never Forgets Macau -Articles Base

Macau Moorish Barracks- Ola Macau Guide

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