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Mice Net : February 2009
macau’s melting pot of culture Take your delegates back in time to marvel at Macau’s history. Macau is rich in history, culture and cuisine and this multicultural city offers a new world to explore for delegates. Chinese and Portuguese communities have lived together harmoniously for hundreds of years and for travellers visiting Macau they are welcomed with this same goodwill. History and culture are significant to the Macanese and it’s obvious with the large array of museums and well maintained artefacts. Exploring the Macau Museum is a great place to start for newcomers as it is home to a vast array of valuable relics and information about Chinese civilizations and the arrival of the Portuguese into the Pearl River Delta in the 16th century. Many travellers come to the region to get more of an insight into Macau’s history, and a popular part is the UNESCO World Heritage Listed District. The district features 25 beautiful buildings and seven spectacular squares which date back 400 years to Macau’s colonial past. The “Historic Centre of Macau” is considered a living testimony to the continued co- existence of eastern and western cultures. It also reflects China’s persistent openness to the influx of western cultural concepts throughout history. Maintaining this historic centre is very important to the local community because it represents part of Chinese and world history. This centre has been listed as the 31st designated World Heritage site in China. There is much cuisine to tempt your tastebuds in Macau. Whether it’s a meal from a five-star gourmet restaurant or a small family-run eatery, your delegates will savour every mouthful. Macau’s cuisine is a multicultural mix of Portuguese, Indian, African, South American, Japanese, Indonesian and all kinds of Chinese. Wandering the streets you’ll find an array of Chinese tea-houses and Portuguese- style cafes. Be sure to stop and sample the region’s famous pastries and cakes. The modern waterfront precinct, the Fisherman’s Wharf, offers a large-scale buffet of restaurants and entertainment. The area is a global melting pot, home to inspired offerings such as Aladdin’s Fort, Awua Romanis, the Roman Amphitheatre, Rome, The Palace, Italian Riviera, Havana, Trinidad, Amsterdam, Portalegre, Camo Major, Evora, Mississippi, Louisiana and New Orleans. But if you’re looking for something that goes beyond the bright lights why not do something to get the adrenalin pumping. Macau has many offerings for the daring such as taking a leap off the Macau Tower for an exhilarating break-out session between conferencing, or a trip to Hác Sá Beach for windsurfing and jet-skiing. There seems to be nothing Macau shies away from in terms of hosting conferences, meetings, incentives and large events. Each year this city hosts large international events such as The Macau Grand Prix which draws spectators from around the world. And 2009 looks like another busy year for mega events. Let’s meet in Macau! mice.net 169