Macau Maritime Museum and the A-Ma Temple

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The two places that I visited were Macau Maritime Museum and the A-Ma Temple. The reason for me to choose these two places to visit is because both of them are located at approximately the same spot where the Portuguese first landed.

The Maritime museum was opened on the 24th of June 1990. This museum commemorates Macau's maritime history. The museum not only covers Macau's long history at sea, but maritime history from around the world. Beside the maritime history, visitors can also enjoy the miniature aquarium which represent different under-water world. On the first floor there are past and present models of fishing. There are several displays showed us many ways to fish. Examples range from pieces of writing to models of fishing nets and boats. On the second floor models and pieces of writing describe early boats and fortresses near water. There are artifacts of early boats and seaside fortresses.

Visitors can learned the different materials used in boat making from this floor. The third floor focuses on modern boats from different countries. There are also many interactive activities that made you feel as if you were on a boat. Among the three different floors of the Maritime Museum, the one that I love the most is the third floor. It is because there is a star constellation game on that floor. On the ceiling of the dome are constellations which can be observed from Macau, visitors may accordingly try to find out which constellations they belong to.

Right across the Museum Square is the A-Ma Temple. A-Ma Temple is the oldest temple in Macao, which has a history of over 500 years. The thing that I love most about the Temple is the legend behind the Temple. According to legend, a wealthy junk owner...