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Arch of the Orient

English: Arch of the Orient, Portuguese: Arco Oriente, Traditional: 東方拱門

The Arch of the Orient is a simple but unique landmark in Macau.

It’s a large sculpture that is usually passed on the way to the primary ferry terminal, standing 35 meters in height at the Avenue do Dr. Rodringo Rodriques.

Arch of the Orient, Arco Oriental Monument & Structure, Macau

Also known as the Arco Oriental, the structure was built in 1996 using weathering steel. Because the steel was never painted, it has a rustic bronze colour. What makes it special is its design, which features two curving columns that join to create a circle, resulting in an arch. This resembles the heritage and cultural diversity of Macau, as well as the harmony between Portugal and China. Today, it’s a popular landmark for bus stops, though it can be seen well from many vantage points nearby.

The area beneath and around the Arch of the Orient tends to be busy with traffic, so tourists shouldn’t enter it. Regardless, it’s worth seeing for a few minutes if you are in the area.

The surroundings also have a lot to offer while sightseeing; check out the Macao Grand Prix Museum, which is just a few blocks away and a popular tourist attraction. It was established in 1993 and is a must-visit for racing enthusiasts, featuring interactive and educational displays suitable for all ages. The best time to visit the museum is during the Grand Prix weekend, though it’s always recommended any other time of the year.

Another attraction nearby is the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, a large complex that houses an entertainment centre, hotel, waterfront area, convention and meeting facilities, shops, and restaurants. With over 70 merchants around the complex, there’s lots to see and do for the entire family.

The Arch of the Orient and its surrounding attractions are perfect for exploring this side of Macau for the day.

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