The city of Macau can be full of creativity, vitality, beauty and tranquility. The seemingly contradictory atmosphere of the two is perfectly integrated in the city of Macau. Today, I will share with you the An Experiment of Macau of Creativity.
Explore stories of a bygone age in this picturesque neighbourhood near the heart of the city. You’ll be fascinated simply by its beauty and the sense of tranquillity.
1.Kun Iam Tong
This Buddhist temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy was founded in the 13th century and the present buildings date from 1627. It is one of the biggest and wealthiest of Macao’s temples with a huge entrance gate and roofs clustered with porcelain figures. Separated by open courtyards are richly decorated halls dedicated to the Precious Buddhas, the Buddha of Longevity and Kun Iam, who is dressed in embroiled silk with a fringed crown (which is changed every year). She is attended by 18 Buddhas on either side of the altar. In adjoining rooms are funeral chapels and scrolls honouring Kun Iam in pictures and calligraphy.
Behind the temple are terraced gardens. In one is the stone table on which was signed the first Sino-American treaty on July 3, 1844, by the Viceroy of Canton Ki Ying and the United States Minister Caleb Cushing. Nearby is the marble statue of a monk in an ornate pavilion, and four ancient banyan trees with branches intertwined which is known as the Lovers Tree and a symbol of marital fidelity.
In other parts of the garden are fountains shaped like miniature Chinese landscapes, groves of bamboo and small shrines to departed priests. The festival of Kun Iam is celebrated on the 19th day of second, sixth, ninth and 11th moons.
Address : No. 2 Avenida do Coronel Mesquita
Opening Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The European-style Flora Garden, situated at the base of Guia Hill parallel to the Avenida Sid-nio Pais. It was formerly the grounds of the Flora Palace, an aristocratic Portuguese mansion. The stone gateway at the entrance was once the palace guardhouse. A straight pedestrian avenue, lined with tall palms and flowering shrubs, leads to the former site of the palace, now occupied by an aviary, a small zoo, and a tree-shaded refreshment patio. The garden also features formal flowerbeds and a stone pathway that winds upward, past small waterfalls and belvederes, to the top of Guia Hill, the highest point in Macao.
An easier route to the top of Guia Hill is via the cable car near the park gate. Visitors can gain a bird’s-eye view of the garden and a panoramic perspective of the city.
Address: Avenida de Sidónio Pais, Macau
Opening Hours : Garden: 6 a.m. – midnight;Cable Car: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Closed on Monday, or on the following day instead if a public holiday, day of exemption from work or compensatory rest day falls on Monday.)
Remarks : Cable car ticket price: Single Ticket – MOP2, Return Ticket – MOP3, Special Concessionary Return Ticket – MOP2
(For children aged 12 or below and elderly people aged 65 or above)
3.Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial House in Macau
This original building in the architectonic heritage of Macao houses a number of documents, paying homage to the stay of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen in Macao. He was the mentor and driving force of the Chinese republican revolution, which overthrew the weak regime of the Qing Dynasty. A charismatic personality that united the Chinese, he is therefore considered as the “Father of the Nation”. The house bears witness to his short but significant stay in Macao at the beginning of the last century when, while fleeing the power of the imperial mandarins, he tried to move his supporters in order to plan for the establishment of a new regime in China. In Macao he received the support of friends, at the time important and powerful persons in political and social of Macao.
Address : No. 1, Rua Silva Mendes, Macao (opposite the police station)
Opening Hours : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Fees : Free admission
Tel: +853 2857 4064, +853 2830 6282
4.Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
The most Chinese of all of Macao’s gardens is the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden. It was built by a wealthy 19th century Chinese merchant, Lou Kau, and was inherited by his son Lou Lim Ieoc in 1906. When the family fortunes declined the garden fell into ruins, but it was eventually purchased and restored by the government and opened to the public in 1974.
The garden is modeled on those of Suzhou, the most famous of all Chinese classical gardens. Enclosed by a high wall, it is a miniaturized landscape with narrow paths winding through groves of bamboo and flowering bushes, under moulded concrete “mountains” to a large pond filled with golden carp and lotus flowers. A nine-turn bridge zigzags across the pond (according to legend, evil spirits can only move in straight lines) to a large pavilion combining Classical and Chinese architecture elements. There are frequent art and craft exhibitions in the pavilion, which also serves as an auditorium for recitals during the annual International Music Festival.
Address : No. 10 Estrada de Adolfo Loureiro, Macau
Opening Hours : 6 a.m. – midnight
5.Tap Seac Gallery
An exciting gallery devoted to promoting both cultural and artistic exhibitions has been opened in Macao on 5th Dec. 2003. The Tap Seac Gallery, which is being financed and managed by the Cultural Institute, is available for presentations, educational projects and research projects, expositions and other functions.
Tap Seac Gallery features distinctive design and construction having two wells inside the building, plus a patio in the centre of the building which allows in daylight to add a unique dimension to exhibitions and displays. The gallery covers 4,000 square feet, and for multi-purpose usage, the interior signboards can easily be adjusted and moved around. In addition, there are some computer stations allowing access to the Internet as a further aid for cultural research and information.
Address : Av. Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, No. 95, Macau
Opening Hours : 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tel: +853 2836 6866
E-mail : Webmaster.Man@icm.gov.mo
6.Tap Seac Square
Having served as a field for soldiers to undergo training and practice in the old days, the Square was converted into an extensive square paved with Portuguese cobblestones in 2007. Rich in cultural legacy, this beautiful Square is surrounded by many important historic buildings and has become an important venue for yearly major cultural events as well as for local leisure activities.
7.St. Lazarus Church
The first building on this site was the Hermitage of Our Lady of Hope, or more popularly St. Lazarus, established in 1570 to serve lepers. At the same time a settlement for lepers was built outside the old city walls. (This was transferred to D. João Island in 1882 and to Coloane in 1947, where it is today).
The present St. Lazarus was rebuilt in 1885. In the forecourt is the Cross of Hope from the original chapel.
Address: No. 11 Adro de S. Lázaro
Opening Hours : 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon; 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The above is a tourist route that can see both the creative and energetic side of Macau and the beautiful and quiet side of Macau. Friends who want to experience the perfect integration of the two can choose this route to visit Macau.