Unique Places in Concelho de Macau

  • Hac Sa Beach.
    Hac Sa Beach.
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  • Looking towards the Hotel Westin, Hac Sa.
    Looking towards the Hotel Westin, Hac...
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  • Marine themed statues.
    Marine themed statues.
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    Fernando's Restaurant, Hac Sa.

    by IreneMcKay Written Mar 31, 2014

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    Many people travel to Hac Sa to go to Fernando's restaurant. This is a famous Portuguese restaurant in Macau. It is normally very busy and you cannot reserve a table there. We tried to get in several times in the past, but as we dislike queuing, always ended up in the Hac Sa Parque Restaurant next door. This time there was no queue at Fernando's, perhaps because it was such a miserable day, but as we have now developed a fondness for the Hac Sa Parque Restaurant, we went straight there instead.

    Fernando's Restaurant.
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    Hac Sa Park, Coloane.

    by IreneMcKay Written Mar 31, 2014

    Just behind the main bus stop for Hac Sa there is a park which is a pleasant place to visit. In addition to flowers, greenery, drinks machines, it has a huge swimming pool (waterless during our visit), tennis courts and a basketball court.

    Hac Sa Park. Large pool. Tennis courts. Flowers and statues.
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    Hac Sa Beach, Coloane Island.

    by IreneMcKay Written Mar 31, 2014

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    We recently returned to Hac Sa when I took my husband to the Hotel Westin for his birthday. Hac Sa means black sands and it is located on Coloane Island. The black sands refer to the 4KM long crescent shaped volcanic sand beach located here. As the beach erodes, the local authorities are bringing in yellow sand to replace it, so the beach is currently a mixture of the two types of sand.

    Behind the beach there is a village with restaurants, a park, barbeque pits and lots of marine themed statues. Hac Sa is popular with locals and is a relatively peaceful place away from the crowds and casino madness.

    Hac Sa Beach. Looking towards the Hotel Westin, Hac Sa. Marine themed statues. Marine themed statues. Marine themed statues.
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    Dr. Carlos D'assumpcao Park

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    This park near the Kuan Yin statue is a peaceful place for a stroll, a seat in the shade on a hot day or a visit to the little tea house. It is not a must see site, but it is a lovely quiet local area to sit down and relax in.

    Dr. Carlos D'assumpcao Park Dr. Carlos D'assumpcao Park Dr. Carlos D'assumpcao Park
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    Golden Lotus Square

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    This square is near the Grand Prix Museum and Wine Museum. In the centre is a large golden lotus. Its layers represent Macau mainland, Taipa and Coloane. It was placed there to commemorate the end of Portuguese rule and the return to Mainland China.

    Golden Lotus Square. Golden Lotus Square.
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    The Kuan Yin Statue

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    Kuan Yin is the Chinese goddess of mercy. There is a lovely statue of her standing on a lotus flower. The statue juts out into the sea. Inside the statue complex there are exhibitions about Kuan Yin, some stalls and a library. We sat downstairs for a while: me - falling asleep while listening to the deeply meditative music; my husband - making use of the free Wifi. You can also sit outside and listen to the music while gazing out over the sea. Very relaxing.

    Kuan Yin statue. Kuan Yin statue. Kuan Yin statue. Kuan Yin statue.
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    The Moorish Barracks

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    These barracks are located near Lilau Square. They date from around 1874. They were designed by an Italian architect to house around two hundred Muslim Indian policemen who came to Macau from Goa. We were not able to go inside. I'm not sure if that is always true or if they were just closed when we visited.

    The Moorish Barracks. The Moorish Barracks. The Moorish Barracks.
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    Lilau Square

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    This pretty little square has seats, a kiosk and colourful Portuguese style buildings. It is near the mandarin's house, the Moorish barracks, the Ama Temple and Penha Church. A pleasant place to sit and relax.

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    Coloane Island

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 11, 2013

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    Coloane is the furthest away island from mainland Macau. There are several things to see here. First of all, there is Coloane Village with its fish hanging up drying in the sun, its picturesque old houses, its little Chapel of St Francis Xavier and its Lord Stow Bakery, this is the best place in Macau for the Portuguese egg tart. Delicious! Chris Patten was a regular. Then there is the statue of Tin Hau perched on its hill top. We spent a very pleasant day hiking up to the base of that. Furthermore, there are its beaches: Hac Sa with its black volcanic sands and the much quieter Cheok Van. Many people come to Coloane purely for the most famous restaurant in Macau -Fernando's. Everyone raves about it, but I am ashamed to say I have never been. Every time we arrive at its door there is queue a mile long and we go and eat elsewhere as I do not believe in queueing for anything unless I absolutely have to.

    Coloane Village. The Pousade de Coloane overlooking Cheok Van Beach Fish drying in the sun. The church - Coloane Village. Hubbie on Hac Sa black sand beach.
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    SunYat Sen Park.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 9, 2013

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    The Sun Yat-Sen Park is located in the northwest of the Macau near the Chinese border. The park is 390 meters long and 130 meters wide and covers an area of about 70,000 square meters.

    The park was originally created in 1987. Then in 1990 a bronze statue of Doctor Sun Yat-sen was placed at the entrance to the park and the park became known as the Sun Yat Sen Park. Doctor Sun Yat-sen is the Father of the Revolution in China.

    The park has two main parts. The northeast part has traditional Chinese garden with lakes, zig-zag bridges and towers. The southwestern section is more European and has sports facilities and greenhouses.

    In the centre of the park there is a steel statue of two shaking hands. This symbolizes the friendshp between Portugal and China. The park also has an open-air theatre and a swimming pool. There are good views from the park into Mainland China.

    Sun Yat Sen Park. Sun Yat Sen Park.
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    Old Taipa Village

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 9, 2013

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    Continual land reclamation in Macau is joining the mainland and islands more and more together.

    One interesting area to visit in Taipa is Old Taipa Village with its beautiful old blue and green colonial houses and yellow Church of Our Lady of Carmel. Some of the old houses are now museums.

    Food Street with its many restaurants is nearby.

    Old Taipa Village. Old Taipa Village.
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    The Guia Fortress.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 9, 2013

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    The Guia Fortress was built between 1622 and 1638. Along with the Mount Fortress this fortress played a huge role in driving off the attempted Dutch invasion of Macau in 1622.

    Inside the fortress is Guia Chapel which was set up by Clarist nuns in 1622, and Guia Lighthouse, which dates from 1865. This lighthouse was the first modern lighthouse on the Chinese coast. Macau takes its co-ordinates from the location of the lighthouse.

    Guia Fortress sits on top of Guia Hill. It is possible to walk here or take the cable car up the hill. Near the foot of Guia Hill there are pleasant gardens and a small zoo and aviary.

    Guia lighthouse and chapel
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    The Chapel of Our Lady of Penha.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 9, 2013

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    The Chapel of Our Lady of Penha sits on top of Penha Hill on the Barra Peninsula. The original chapel was built here in 1622 by the crew and passengers of a Portuguese ship which had only just narrowly escaped capture by the Dutch. The chapel became a common place of worship for those about to set out on dangerous voyages. There are good views from this location and the steep walk up the hill involves passing some interesting buildings.

    Hubbie with church in far background. Distant view of the church perched on its hill.
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    Museum of the Holy House of Mercy

    by snuggie Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Holy House of Mercy is an historic white structure in Macau's Senado Square . It was built in 1569 on the orders of the Bishop of Macao.The museum was located in a quiet lane just off Senado Square in the centre of the city, the house is often overlooked and mistaken for a government office.

    It was a medical clinic and several other social welfare structures in early Macau. It later served as an orphanage and refuge for widowers of sailors lost at sea.

    Admission: MOP$5
    Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    (Closed on Sundays & public holidays)

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    St. Dominic's Church

    by snuggie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Standing on the site of a chapel and convent built by the Dominicans in the 1590's St. Dominic's Church dates from the early 17th century. It has an imposing facade of cream-colored stone with white stucco moldings and green-shutter windows.

    St. Dominic's Church has a violently dramatic past. In 1644 a military officer who supported the Spanish against the Portuguese was murdered at the alter during Mass. In 1707 the Dominicans sided with the Pope against Macau's bishop in the Rites Controversy. When local soldiers tried to enforce an excommunication order on them, the friars locked themselves in the church for three days and pelted the soldiers with stones. In 1834 the monastic orders were suppressed and for a time the church was used by the government as barracks, stable and public works office.

    St. Dominic's Church was renovated in 1997 and opened to the public with a museum, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor. The museum shows paintings, sculptures and liturgical ornaments that illustrate the history of the Roman Catholic church in Asia.

    The church is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau.

    St. Dominic's in the day St. Dominic's in the night
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