Macao Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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Macao Off The Beaten Path

  • A Different Look

    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...

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  • Souzhou

    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...

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  • Green spots

    The density of construction is high, in Macao, and the green areas are small. However, they are well kept and distributed, allowing a balanced look that disguises the extensive occupation of the soil. Even in the gardens, a Portuguese hand is still visible.

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  • Lin Fung Temple

    This Taoist temple was built in 1592 and was famous for housing Chinese dignataries when they visited.

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  • Mong Ha Hill

    This hill served as the 3rd fortress to protect the northern land approach to the city. Today a tourism school sits on the top of the hill along with the ruins of the fort.

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  • Kun Iam Temple

    In the North part of the Penisula, this temple built in 1627 is dedicated to Kung Iam the goddess of Mercy. It was at this temple in 1844 that the US and China signed there first trade treaty.

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  • Watch A Chinese Wedding!

    Most Han Chinese in Macau are Taoist or Buddhist or Confucianist. ALthough Macau was a Porugese Colony for about 400 years, Roman Catholicism failed to make inroads in it unlike in the Philippines and Vietnam and East Timor hence it is rare to see a Roman Catholic Chinese Wedding here in Macau and when you see one, it is nice to Photograph but be...

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  • Cheng Kei Pastelaria-macanese goodies

    Good Macanese and Cantonese Pastries. They have steamed pork buns, fried buns, pork barbecue, assorted egg pies, dumplings, red bean paste cookies, Pearl Milk Shake, etc and off course the world famous portugese egg tarts! which cost about 4 mop and my favorite Assorted Chinese dried ham, pork floss, chinese pork and beef jerky.

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  • Do your homework before going on...

    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...

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  • The children and the world

    When traveling take your kids with you, let them in a natural and unconscious way realize the differences and similarities of our world, let them hear different languages, let them taste different foods, let them see different smiles.

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  • Coloane Island

    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...

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  • Museu Marítimo (Maritime Museum)

    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

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  • Bridges

    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.

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  • Miradouro de N.Senhora da Penha

    Nicely decorated, this courtyard near the Penha Church is where you can have magnificent views from Macau and Taipa specially in open days… we had then the bad luck of visiting a foggy Macau.

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  • Rua da Felicidade

    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...

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  • Jardim da Flora (Flora Garden) - Gateway

    The stone gateway at the entrance of Flora Garden was once the palace guardhouse. You reach this entrance on the Avenue Sidonio Pais, some minutes walking from the ferry terminal.

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  • Jardim da Flora (Flora Garden)

    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...

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  • Teleferico da Guia

    Here's a good view of Macau and Zhuhai, China from the top of a Guia Hill by taking a short cable car ride. It is along Av. Sidonio Pais. The price is MOP5 for a return trip. Bus no. 2 from Barra and Iao Hon will pass near the park.

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  • Hunt for water fountain

    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?

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  • Coloane Island

    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...

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  • Four Faces Buddha

    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.

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  • Historic Archives

    Contains letters, books and manuscripts pertaining to Portugal's exploration and Macau's relations with Europe, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia from a wide variety of governmental, civic, ecclesiastic and private sources. The most valuable have been put on microfilm, including 7500 items dating from 1587 to 1786.The archives are houses in one of...

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  • Old Protestant Cemetery

    Among those buried here: Dr. Robert Morrison, who compiled the first English and Chinese dictionary and translated the Bible into Chinese; George Chinnery, an artist who lived in Macau in the 18th century; Capt. Lord John Spencer Churchill, Commander of H.M. Ship Druid and an ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill; also seamen and non-Portuguese...

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  • Air-Raid Shelters

    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...

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  • Our Lady of Guia Chapel and Lighthouse

    A small chapel was first built in the 17th century as part of the Guia Fortress and the present chapel dates from 1637. During the restoration of the chapel in 1996, the oldest vestige of mural paintings that dates back to the construction of the hermitage in 1622 were discovered. The recovered paintings are characterized by rich cultural meaning,...

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  • Barrier Gate (Portas do Cerco)

    Situated at the northern most point of Macau, the stone gate that traditionally marked the border with China is now maintained in a small park. It was erected in 1870 and is inscribed with a quotation from Camoes: 'Honour your country for your country is watching you". Today's travellers use the modern buildings on either side, which house...

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  • Barrier Gate (Portas do Cerco)

    Situated at the northern most point of Macau, the stone gate that traditionally marked the border with China is now maintained in a small park. It was erected in 1870 and is inscribed with a quotation from Camoes: 'Honour your country for your country is watching you". Today's travellers use the modern buildings on either side, which house...

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  • Coloane Island

    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.

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  • Wake up early for a bit of Tai-Chi

    In the very early morning (from 6h30 till 7h30 normally), when the sun doesn't heat with its usual cruelty in this land you'll see people, old and young, doing their Tai-Chi exercises in public parks, gardens or squares everywhere. A must see, and why not, a must try!!

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  • Here's a map to help you stay...

    Here's a map to help you stay on or off the beaten path. As you can see, Macao is made up of two islands, Coloane and Taipa, as well as the mainland and they are connected by two bridges.

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  • St Michael Cemetery

    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...

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  • dun forget to look around...

    dun forget to look around when you are on the bus! may be you will find something interesting on the way to somewhere

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  • Visiting a book store gave us a wider...

    We love to visit markets, and other places where locals go often, so whe can feel how daily life is there...We founded this book store in one calm street and we could avoid to enter, it certainly gives us another persepective of Macau's daily life...who comes to the book store? what they look for? how long do they spend to choose a book? etc...very...

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  • EEEEEKK

    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...

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  • ENGLISH - On this kind of...

    ENGLISH - On this kind of sleigh, made to go over the mug, men were able to catch shellfish or something like that, small crabs maybe. These pictures were taken in 1980 (sorry they are so bad, it was a very small camera, with 16 mm film!!), maybe this activity disapeered now, as all this area is now occupied with land reclamation.- PORTUGUÊS - Com...

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  • The island of Coloane is...

    The island of Coloane is Macao's countryside, with wooded hills, beach-lined bays, and traditional villages. Visitors and residents often flock here to swim, have picnics, and simply enjoy the treasure of nature.

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  • Dr Sun Yat Sen's Memorial

    The Middle School is located at the north of Sun Yat-Sen's former residence. The school was built by Sun ke, Sun Yat-sen's son to memorise and inspire all students to devote themselves to study and give their contribution to the country. The first project of building was completed at the end of 1934, and comprises Heling Hall, Haodong Hall,...

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  • Zhongzhan

    I did a day trip from Macau when of course Macau was not part of China. I am not sure of the border now with China, whether it is open, or there is still some restrictions. Zhongshan is now China's fastest-developing Special Economic Zone in the Pearl River Delta as well as being the birthplace of Dr Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China. A...

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  • Well, I would like to think...

    Well, I would like to think that Macau is itself off the beaten path for most. But, just wander around and see what you find. Really, it seemed that we were always finding something interesting around every corner... although technically I suppose we were lost, or maybe just en-route back to the ferry terminal.Ah, and find a good vantage point and...

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  • Monte Fort, oldest Fort in...

    Monte Fort, oldest Fort in Macau and probably China.http://www.cityguide.gov.mo/tg/fortress/f_detaile.asp?lc=2&lkey=0204010000000000 000Built 1617-26, Monte Forte occupies 21,000 square feet in an irregular quadrangle with bastions at each corners. It contained barracks, cisterns and storehouses capable of sustaining a siege of up to two years....

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  • Gate of Understanding ...

    Gate of Understanding Located at the entrance of the Inner Harbour, it is a 40-metre tall monument to honour the Luso-Chinese relations. The monument was completed in 1993.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...

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  • University of Macau Located...

    University of Macau Located next to the bridge the university offers degrees in Arts, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering and Law. The University has a library, theatre, sports facilities and living quarters.

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  • St. Dominic's church was...

    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.

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  • We didn't intend it, but we...

    We didn't intend it, but we got off the beaten path and were crossing the town without seeing all the important sights. We even got lost and had to ask for the way. Later we found a tourist-information and got a map. Though it was fun. The architecture is fascinating there.

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