Cam6es Garden and Grotto
This is the place where Luis de Camoes, the famous Portuguese soldier-poet, is said to have composed part of the national epic, "Os Lusiadas". A bronze bust of Camoes rests in a grotto above which Count de La Perouse, the French explorer, built an observatory.
Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
A beautiful Chinese garden modelled on those in Soochow. With its twisting walks amid ornamental "mountains", it resembles a landscape in a Chinese painting.
Sun Yat-Sen Park
Located next to the canal that forms Macau's border with China, this park contains an aviary, greenhouse and a fung shui forest of trees which are believed to bring good luck. For recreation there is a children's playground, pelota courts and two multi-purpose fields. Close to the entrance are buildings in classical Chinese style, which house a cafe, exhibition hall and library. Outside the gate is a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, who worked in Macau in the 1890's.
Seac Pai Van Park
Built on the site of the Macau Forestry and Agriculture Department, the park covers 20 hectares.
There is a large walk-in aviary stocked with birds, and an air-condi-tioned display room to give informa-tion about local flora and fauna. Hundreds of trees and shrubs. scientifi-cally identified have been planted amid the natural vegetation.
Chinese-style pavilions have been built on the hillsides along pathways to afford rest areas and panoramic views. There is also a restaurant serving local Macanese dishes and space for barbecue.
A Museum of Nature and Agrictitleure History has been installed into the park containing displays of traditional farming equipment, local habitats and a room devoted to Chinese medicinal plants. The park is open daily, except Mondays, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The maseum is open daily, except Mondays, 10:30am to 4:30pm.
Cheoc Van Park
Situated on Cheoc Van Beach, in Coloane, it consists of an irregular shape swimming pool with a maximum depth of 3m, a restaurant-bar, and changing rooms, covering 4000sq meters.
It is open from 8am till 9pm on weekdays and closes at midnight on weekends. Use of the pool costs 15 patacas for adults over 18 years, 5 patacas for children ages 5 to 17 years and free of charge for those under 5.
Hac Sa Sports and Recreation Complex
Situated behind the popular Hac Sa Beach, it covers nearly 18,500sq meters of land and has facilities for the more active visitor. The complex has an olympic-size swimming pool and a small pool for children.
Other facilities available include:
- a multi-purpose sports field with seating for 200, which can be used for tennis, basketball, mini-soccer and other events;
- 2 tennis courts only for playing tennis;
- a mini-golf course with an 18-hole layout;
- a badminton court;
- places for barbecue picnics;
- a children's playground with various facilities to play; and
- a restaurant and English pub.
The complex is open everyday from 8am to 9pm except Saturday that closes at midnight. Use of the pool costs 15 patacas for adults and 5 patacas for children aged 5 to 17 years.
Macau has a long tradition of erecting monuments. Some are heroic busts: Camoes in the garden that bears his name and in the courtyard of the Provisional Muncipal Council of Macau; explorer Vasco da Gama in a park near the Royal Hotel; and Jorge Alvares on the Praia Grande. More recent monuments have celebrated Macau as a meeting point of China and Portugal. They include the Gate of Understanding in the bay, the friendship statue in Camoes Garden, the bronze lotus flower at the entrance to the Guia tunnel and the Gateway to the Orient fountain near the border.
Vasco da Gama Monument
Standing in a small park in front of the Royal Hotel, a heroic bust commemorates Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who discovered the sea route from Europe to India.
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.
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