Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Step into a splendid world of fantasy and encounter unforgettable European cultures in Macau! Nestled on the shore of Macau’s outer harbour, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is the largest leisure and themed entertainment complex in Macau Peninsula and promises to offer an unsurpassed dining, entertainment and sightseeing experience like no others.
Just a 10-minute walk from Macau Ferry Terminal, Fisherman’s Wharf is much loved for its easy-parking amenities and bus-convenient location. In the expansive area of 133,000 square meters, you can discover fantastic worlds of ultimate luxury and classical magnificence that ensure the finest hospitality experiences. Meanwhile, stretched alongside the Legend Boulevard are charismatic architectural blocks that recreate the multicultural cityscapes of the west. Sheltered under the mega canopy, you can ramble in the streets of Italian Riviera and Amsterdam at ease, or taste the best gourmet delights on the veranda of Cape Town and New Orleans, taking in the exclusive waterfront view at sunset with a glass of fine wine.
More, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf features unparalleled leisure and entertainment facilities, such as the colossal Babylon Casino, three deluxe hotels of Monto Carlo, baroque Eastern Europe and Victorian styles, the exhilarating virtual reality experience zone, an international-standard convention and exhibition centre, and endless restaurant choices of local and global flavours and so on. Building up the exciting and family friendly facilities and tourism elements.
A vast land imbued with enjoyment and surprise, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf continues to radiate its irresistible charm to the Macau people and visitors from all over the globe. It’s all about fun, amusement, and recreation!
Walking through Legend Boulevard is a unique experience. Stretched more than three hundred meters long, it is overlooked by beautiful European-style architectures on both sides, connecting the colourful city blocks around the world. Here you stroll and dive into the beautiful sceneries of medieval England, Italian Riviera, Amsterdam canal side, colonial Spanish, Lisbon, New Orleans, Cape Town and New York. Restaurants of global choices are just around every corner. At Rossio Square, the heart of the boulevard, is the funky live music band performing every evening. Take a seat, grab a beer and spend the coolest night out with your friends. For art lovers, visit the Galeria Lisboa and get a piece of original artwork created by the most inspiring Macau contemporary artists. Walk to the end of the boulevard and you will reach the classic Victorian-style Rocks Hotel. Here, ready for the most loved waterfront of the Fisherman’s Wharf. The harbour view is one-of-a-kind in Macau.
The spectacular 3,500-square-meter Roman Amphitheatre re-establishes the grandeur of the glorious Roman Empire in Macau. Once where the crazed Roman crowds cheered and enjoyed thrilling bloodbaths performed by gladiators and giant animals, the Colosseum of Rome, built in the first century A.D., is considered one of the most remarkable monuments in the world, and an extraordinary ruin for later generations to glimpse at the unique way of life in the ancient Roman civilisation.
A vivid replica of the breathtaking Colosseum in Rome, this majestic Roman Amphitheater imposes its irresistible classical beauty to the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, making itself one of the most memorable landmarks in Macau. Reminiscent of Roman antiquity, the limestone-structure is in fact a perfect venue for outdoor performances, concerts and all kinds of spectaculars. With a 2,000 audience capacity, the Roman Amphitheatre is equipped with a multi-purpose stage, world-class audiovisual technology and a-plus professional lighting system.
Indulge in the color-splashed Italian Riviera scenery and take in the sweet sea breezes from the Mediterranean!
A crescent strip between France’s Côte d’Azur and Italy’s Tuscany, the Italian Riviera, or otherwise known as Ligurian coastal area, is arguably the prettiest, most flower-filled spot on Italian coast. Overlooking the azure blue seas are idyllic clusters of three-to-five-storied narrow houses gorgeously painted in a myriad of pastel colours, welcoming visitors with their lush and memorable façades. Elegance and artistry can be found in the detailing of arches, window sills, curlicues under eaves and balustrades, paired with the black-and-white marble flooring of geometric patterns. Pay attention to the walls: you can notice some water stains and edges of exposed bricks! In fact, they are intentionally created to give a more rugged, authentic representation of the time-tested Italian Riviera towns that continue to enchant millions of tourists around the world.
Amsterdam Canal Houses
The postcard-like Amsterdam canal houses are treasures to ‘the city of merchants and commerce’ in the Netherlands. A unique architectural style popular during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, these elegant riverside mansions were owned by elite merchants who engaged in all kinds of trades. Houses are tall and narrow built with hand-moulded brick walls, adorned with big rectangular windows and ornamental neck gable on the roof where goods were stored. Lots of white horizontal lines and cornices are used against the darker-coloured façade, creating this classy and sober appearance.
You might think these chic canal houses are four-to-five storey tall, but you are wrong! In fact they are so masterfully crafted to create visual deception. Notice that the higher the building goes, the smaller the window sizes become, thus making the houses look taller than they actually are. Here, almost 400 pieces of windows of different sizes are used. Don’t miss your selfie opportunities with such picturesque abodes!
Just like Macau, New Orleans is a city defined by waters and its resulting cultural and ethnic diversity. Located on the Mississippi River in the tropical southern Louisiana of the United States, New Orleans has been the birthplace of cultural innovations due to its French and Spanish colonial past with a large African and Latino demographic. Chill Jazz music, savoury and hot Creole cuisine, mysterious magic and voodoo practices, exuberant Mardi Gras, just to name a few of its precious cultural gems! Its rich history and cultural hybridism reflect perfectly on its one-of-a-kind Creole architecture in the charming French Quarter of New Orleans.
It’s not surprising that people fall in love at the first sight with the floral-patterned cast iron wraparound balconies and long galleries on these two-story Creole townhouses. This demonstrates strong Spanish and French colonial influences, in contrast with the colourful stucco exteriors. Since New Orleans enjoys a humid and warm climate with considerable rainfalls, houses often have a steeply-pitched roof with parapets and roof dormers, providing sufficient rain runoff as well as insulation from the pervasive heat. In the past, people usually operated shops below and lived above. Here you can get the friendly and hearty vibe of the traditional New Orleans neighbourhoods.
Located at the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town of South Africa is a city steeped in rich history and diverse cultural heritage. During the Age of Discovery, Portuguese navigators Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama first set foot on this turning point of the Far East trade route in the late 15th century, followed by the Dutch and the British two centuries later. Since then, the city was transformed completely and became a melting pot of its multiethnic demographic and multiculturalism. Embracing the pristinely blue Atlantic and Indian Ocean in the southern hemisphere, Cape Town is also famous for its breathtaking marine beauty.
Life by the sea is probably the core of Cape Town culture. To fully enjoy the sweet sea breezes and bright sunlights, seaside buildings are designed with wide, tall doorways and windows, with multiple entrances to create a sense of openness and generosity. The colour blue is redolent of its affinity to the ocean. Here you can sit on the deck outdoor and enjoy mouth-watering seafood while overlooking the magnificent harbour view at dusk, exactly like what people love to do in Cape Town.
After the glorious Roman Empire, the west entered into a more feudal and agriculture-dominated Middle Ages, when population declined, land was precious, and life was redirected from the urban to the rural. On Britannia across the European continent, the Anglo-Saxons were mostly peasants and led a humble, rustic life of farming and animal husbandry.
The hall houses of the medieval England were very ubiquitous at that time. They are the usual residence of a lord of the manor and his retainers. Hall houses are one-room buildings with an open hearth in the centre of the room for cooking and warmth. Houses are usually timber-framed and built with stone and straws. For the construction of walls, people used wattle and daub method which uses a sticky mixture of wet soil, clay, sand, limestone dust, animal dung and straw to fill in between structural timbers and wooden panels. An age-old traditional construction method, wattle and daub structures are time-tested, waterproof, low-impact on the natural environment and highly sustainable. This method is later replaced in modern architecture by brick and mortar.
Situated in the most southwest of the European continent and owning the endless Atlantic, Portugal is a country with its destiny strongly connected to the ocean. The Portuguese were the first bravest explorers who ventured into the unknown sea and found a route to Asia by sailing south around Africa. Over centuries, the Portuguese accumulated a wealth of knowledge about navigation and the world’s geography. And of course, they came here, Macau, and transformed it into what it is today.
A small country on the brink of Iberian Peninsula, Portugal enjoys amicable climate and is blessed with plenty of sunshine due to low latitude. Lisbon, its beautiful capital city, is exemplary for that. Known as ‘Cidade da Luz’ or City of light, Lisbon mesmerises everyone with its azure sky, long hours of summer sunshine and golden sunsets. The city’s bowl-like topography somehow collects the light reflected by the Tagus river and surrounding hills, eventually concentrating back to the heart of the city. The dazzling light is accentuated by its urban architectures. Buildings are overwhelmingly whitewashed, or painted in warm sandy yellow and rich ochre. White limestone and Portuguese lioz are materials extensively used, adding to the elegant visually glowing effect of the city. Walk through the pristine arcade and soak yourself in the beautiful light of Lisbon!
Spain Colonial Houses
Dated back to the end of 15th century, the Spanish sailed out in the ferocious Atlantic and discovered the Americas. Since then, Spain dominated the New World and left footprints all over the Western Hemisphere. Along their colonisation on the South America, they brought over cross-sea and continental trades, Catholicism, Latin cultures as well as the ornamental architectures of Baroque and Renaissance styles.
Adapting themselves to the vigorous Caribbean vibe, buildings in Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, are the most eye-catching Spanish legacies with a unique twist; they are painted in vivid colours found on a typical Cuban palette, like cobalt blue, banana-leaf green or pinks. It is so difficult not to be enchanted by these bold, radiating hues and drawn into that chilled Latino grooves. Viva la Vida!