This nice street in the Eastern Macau, blocks away from the Senate Square, is another off the beaten track attraction. It was the former nightlife centre in Macau, displaying today restored façades where shops and restaurants continue to flourish behind them.
Here you find lots of nice shops and bakeries offering delicious cookies from Sino-Portuguese recipes…
Coloane Island is about 20 minutes from Macau by bus(no. 21, 22, 25, 26A, the cost is around 4-5MOP depending on how far each bus goes to). Coloane has two beaches, Cheoc Van and Hac Sa. There's a hiking trails to the big statue of A-Ma. St. Francis Xavier church and a couple of other temples are worth visiting too.
Many travellers come to Macau for the gambling and restaurants downtown, and miss all of the beautiful oceanside scenery on Coloane Island, just 25 minutes away on a bus by bridge. The sparsely populated, quiet island has a somewhat "sleepy" feel to it, but it is a great place to go for a picnic or oceanside stroll. You can swim in the ocean or use the very nice, uncrowded public for MP15 at Cheoc Van Beach, then take part or all of of the Coloane Trail over to Hac Sa Beach, where there is a pier, dozens of grilled fish stalls, and the delectable Fernando's Restaurant. There you can see for yourself why the island used to be a hiding place for pirates!
Saint Michael's (St Miguel) is the Catholic cemetery of Macao. I found the cultural diversity of the place amazing : Chinese characters on a tombstone decorated with a Catholic angel, or Chinese lion statues in the same cemetery as a Buddha relief, photos of Chinese deceased and little gifts on the grave to make life in heaven comfortable... I spent a long time in the cemetery and I found fascinating little details at every step.
We were wandering around some church and my rather uninhibited friend found a box and wondered what was inside. I am sure that there is some sort of sacralige in taking this picture and more so in posting it, but I was told by a Jehova's Witness a year or so ago that there is only something like 50,000 people that will go to heaven, so I figure the odds are already against me.....so here it is :)
The European-style Flora Garden, situated at the base of Guia Hill parallel to the Avenida Sidonio Pais, was formerly the grounds of the Flora Palace, an aristocratic Portuguese mansion.
If you don’t want to climb the Guia Hill, simply take the cable-car to the top. By the time we visited Flora Garden, the cable-car was out of service due to the bad weather.
Styled like a ship, this museum has outstanding displays illustrating the relationship of Macau with the sea. Outdoor exhibits include a traditional of trading junk and pirate-chasing lorcha brigantine.
Open 10am-5.30pm. Closed Tuesday
Macau's southern most island of Coloane remains mostly undeveloped. Here you will find rugged forested hills, tranquil beaches, and the quaint old village of Coloane. The village itself is worth a visit, even if only to stop at Lord Stow's bakery for their famous egg tarts. Here you will also find St. Francis Xavier Chapel and Tam Kung Temple. The south and east sides of the island contain some fairly decent beaches, which make for some pleasant strolling. On Hac Sa beach you will find the famous Fernando's restaurant, which serves hearty Portuguese fair, but can become very crowded in the evenings.
Coloane can be easily reached from Macau or Taipa island either by taxi or public bus.
Top-engineered bridges link Macau to the other two islands of the territory: Taipa and Coloane.
If you have some extra time, try to visit them.
Here the Macau-Taipa bridge, shot during the arrival by ferry from Hong Kong.
This fountain was not mentioned in any guidebook but I came across it looking rather beautiful and splendour along the way to Casino Lisboa. Folks were taking bottles of cold water sprinking out from its tap. I figured why not?
On top of the Guia Hill, besides the already well-known structures, the Guia lighthouse, Guia Fort and Our Lady of Guia Chapel, there are also some underground tunnels, which are commonly known as air raid shelters, extending in all directions. The longest tunnel is 456 metres and the shortest 47. In the past the tunnels were off-limits military installations surrounded by barbed wire, equipped with electricity generators, rest rooms and oil tanks.
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays, except public holidays).
Below Guia Hill is the Flora Garden, which can be reached by steps or a cable car that takes visitors to street level in just 80 seconds.
There are two Four Faces Buddha in Macau: one at the end of the car park of the Macau Jockey Club on Taipa Island; and the other at the International Centre close to the wharf which is a very interesting monument in an ornate Thai Style.
Once a Chinese reference under Portuguese government, the A Ma temple presents, today, complementary signs of Portuguese culture and history, in a crossed and very respectful interaction.
It's funny, the way that the same monument, working always the same way and respecting the same religion acts as a Chinese reference under Portuguese, and a Portuguese reference under Chinese.
Several weeks before leaving home research the Internet for data concerning the place you will be heading to. Since you are not going to stay there for a long period, possessing beforehand some valuable data will help you make the most out of your trip. Otherwise you might waste hours trying to find something that you could have known earlier if you had done your research.
Only an odd border, Portuguese heritage and strong burocracy separates Souzhou from Macao.
One day they will become one, as fisically they already are. Maybe, that day, it will be interesting to compare the evolution due to centuries of different cultural influence side by side, in the same people, but today, crossing the line demands the time that we hadn't.
Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau, Macau Region, China
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