Audiovisual Mapping on the Mandarin’s House
5/31/2013 - 6/8/2013; 8pm/8:30pm/9pm
This show, designed for the façade of the Yuqing Mansion at the Mandarin’s House, is divided into four chapters: “The Origin”, “Golden Period”, “Degradation” and “Renovation”. Through sound and images, audiences will experience for themselves various incidents that took place in The Mandarin’s House, in chronological order, in addition to traces of the life of the House’s former owner, Zheng Guanying.
Duration: approximately 10 minutes, no interval
Ticket Distribution for the Audiovisual Mapping of the Mandarin’s House:
Time of Distribution: Tickets for any of a day’s sessions distributed at 7pm on that day
Distribution Venue: Mandarin’s House
Distribution Quantity: Due to limited space, only 100 tickets will be distributed per session, on a first come, first served basis.
NB: Each person may collect no more than two tickets for any session on that day.
Spend 30-40 minutes at the Giant Panda Pavilion, where the main stars are pandas Xin Xin and Kai Kai. There are also several primates and 2 ostriches in the complex. Viewing by the hour.
Proceed to Coloane Village. Stop for refreshments at Lord Stow's Cafe by the waterfront or the Lord Stow's Garden Cafe just 50 meters from the square.
Stroll through the back alleys towards the Largo Eduardo Marques, where the photogenic St. Francis Xavier church is located.
The House of Dancing Water is a 90 minute patchwork of high-dives, acrobatics, gymnastics and motorcycle stunts. Great entertainment, but con't bother with the storyline.
Those seated in the first 3 rows risk getting water-splashed. Towels are provided but disposable rainwear may provide better coverage.
If you are bringing your kids along, finding children's food fare in the City of Dreams can be a challenge as there are not that many choices.
Macau is known as a harbour of Chinese refugees fleeing dullness of home, work and even political oppression. Indeed Macau is a city of cobbled backstreets, baroque churches, ancient stone fortresses and exotic street names, legacy by the distinctive Portueguese. The colourful looks gives Macau that fascinating characterization, because of the mix of cultures, of Mediterrean and Asian fusion in architecture, food, lifetyles and temperaments.
A bit of envious of my brothers environment I am very happy, too, he made it in this part of the world. Wandering in his world, walking downtown of Macau, I do realize all of us has his/her own "Home Sweet Home" ... even in Chinese written ...
Whether A-Ma of Quan-Yin or Kun-Iam, the name of this honoured phenomenon got a long history. Even the local people can't think of an origin, and follow their hearts in stead of their mind. Discussing this "female divine" aspect is not of much use. Even the Buddhist aspect shows up with very Hinduistic origins, though it's not ... the locals will tell.
The impressive, 20 m high A-MA statue you can find on the top of the Coloane Hill (3rd island of Macau). It is of black marble, though the body is carved out of pure white marble. See the amazingly detailed front and the face part. The A-MA story is carved into a copper plate there. The walk to this statue is breathtaking ... I will never forget my pilgrimage to A-MA in December 2007.
The famous A-MA lightened up here by the sunset ... read about on website below.
We visited the A-MA place again. And again ...
Macau is changing its locations by new roads, new bridges, new buildings. So it could be easily you cannot find your want-to-visit place anymore. For now we got to the place where is the A-MA Temple, and the whole place is "under construction". Though the area is worth a visit, for sure. So give it a try, and enjoy the trip to Penha Hill and the A-MA Temple.
Pretty much everything that you can think of can be done in Macau. This includes walking on the edge at the top of Macau tower (outdoor), bungy jumping, temple worship, shopping in senado square or new yaohan, sight seeing, walk up the Guia Hill, exercise on local parks, go to museums, play casino games, picture taking, ride a gondola, and overall experience Europe and Asia in 1 city.
Maybe not that well-known to tourists but all Chinese do know that the name of A-MA has derived from the legends around the Goddess A-MA, and the special A-MA Temple on Macau-Bay. It is the oldest temple structure, known from the 13th century with the name of KUN IAM Temple.
Although rebuilt in 1627 the A-MA Temple dates back to about 1500, probably referring to symbolic characters of Chinese language during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Or maybe because KUN IAM often got Romanized as KUAN/GUAN YIN (KWAN YIN), associated with the Avalokiteshvara character of the Buddhist Sutras.
You can find the A-MA Temple down at the Penha Hill, however ask for info about the A-MA Temple, because the complex is a Buddhist one. The Goddess of Mercy, KUN IAM, can be found in only one shrine (see pic), where once the ocean reached the rocks of the cave ... I love to visit this spot, every time again !
When visiting the RED MARKET I was surprised to find truly Indonesian products, like coffee (kopi tubruk), sweet delicacies and flowers (sedep malam). The RED MARKET area is located between the Avenida do Almirante Lacerda and Avenida de Horta e Costa. It is told the area got its name because of the red bricks houses ...
Very nice to see at the RED MARKET are the handicrafts where the products are still hand-made. Like the incense of this man on picture. I bought the famous Quan Yin incense and you could smell the strong fragrance all around when the artisan burnt one for me.
When visiting the RED MARKET, take bus 1 - 1A - 3 - 4 - 5 - 8 - 16 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 26 - 26A - 32 - 33 - 34
The Coloane Island was famous by pirates until the beginning of the last century. The people on Coloane Island still celebrate the anniversary of the victory against the assault by buccaneers on the South China Sea (1910 July 13). Nowadays Coloane Island attracts a large number of visitors to its sandy coastline.
The Cheoc Van Beach is the white-yellow one with a swimming pool (see pic), attractive to many tourists. The Hac Sa Beach is much larger and more popular by the Macanese people. The sand indeed is a grey to blackish colour, looking somewhat dirty, but it is perfectly clean!
The Coloane Island got well-known, too, for the famous A-MA Statue (see above). It is colossal, purre white and just beautiful. When in the mood, a visit to the Coloane Village is a joy to do. It is a fascinating relic of Macau that once was ...
Maybe in future Macau will be one huge peninsula joined together with Tiapa Island and Coloane Island. It is known the Portugeuse first sighted Taipa Island, not knowing there were actually two islands with Macau (A-Ma-Gau). By pouring down silt from the Pearl River the two were joined together, like Taipa and Coloane will be next.
Taipa Island, traditionally an island of duck farms and boat yards, was rapidly becoming urbanished. Still it is an oase of calm and greenery. However sizzling hot it is enjoyable for a walk on overgrown esplanades and a cycle along a parade of high buildings, baroque churches, Taoist and Buddhist temples ...
This lovely Largo do Senado or Senate Square is considered the heart of Portuguese Macau, where most of the tourists start their Macau exploration. It has some great eyecatchers of architecture, stunning, colonial and beautiful, like the Macau Tourism Centre office, the General Post Office (of 1931) and Santa Casa da Misericordia.
To me this square got even more special and very familiar with my experiences. Because this area is the very same where my parents both walked together happily just before my dad passed away. And my mam returned to for some happy thoughts, just like I did for now ...
In spite of the legendary past and its golden years at the beginning of the 17th century, Macau felt asleep, continuing to serve as a haven for Chinese refugees fleeing war, famine and political oppression. Not until 20 December 1999 Macau drew attention to its soul and burst out in all kind of projects to claim again the prestigious title "Recreational Centre of Southern China".
The city became the best legal gambling town of Asia where the "Test Your Chance" is a hot item in the more than 18 casino's. Legal means your age is 18 years (21 for Macau residents), absolutely NO photography, special dress code ... and maybe Macau is somewhat different from Las Vegas, the neon lights and glittering all around make you in the good mood to experience your gamble in China-style.
When you really are at your's last gasp because of the heat and humidity, jump into the bus and head for Southeast from Coloane Village. There are 2 beaches and the first one is the best, named CHEOC VAN Beach (Bamboo Bay).
It's popular with sunbathers and swimmers, even the water looks browny because of the silt caused by the Pearl River. The swimmingpool is ok for a nice rest, sometimes can be crowded with screaming kids. There are public changing rooms and toilets and, in season, lifeguards on duty ...
Open: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat
9am-6pm Sun May-Oct
See this Buddhist Temple which is actually a Buddhist monastery. It is located on the island of Taipa and is the largest Buddhist complex on the islands. Buddhist monks started the complex POU TAI UN in the 1800´s and created possibily the richest monastery and temple complex, once more enriched by devotees.
The main hall, dedicated to the Three previous Buddhas, contains an enourmous statue of bronze which represents Lord Gautama. The prayer pavillions are brightly coloured and orchid green-houses scattered around the complex. The monks live there, holding a large vegetable garden. So ... try the popular vegetarian restaurant, it is so good !!!
(9am - 6pm)