Attraction Northwest of Macau Peninsula, Macau, China Published on: 10-10-2016
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Northwest of Macau Peninsula, Macau, China
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Ruínas da Antiga Catedral de São Paulo( 大三巴 ) is overcrowded. But just walk 5 minutes away to the Camoes Garden. The park is open from 6am to 10pm daily. Camoes Garden is most popular park in Macau, is frequented from dawn to dusk by tai chi enthusiasts, palm readers, lovers, students, and men huddled over Chinese chessboards with their caged songbirds nearby. The park area which makes up Camoes Garden and Grotto, I have been pleased with the renovated square in front of the garden entrance as well as the restored temple structures on the western slope of the garden hill, facing the city. The square has more seating area now as well as a nice fountain, with flooding water. The temple and worship area, can be accessed by walking out the back of the garden and along the western slope. Here you can find some attractively decorated temple structures, lion statues and other items of local worship. While not a member of the Macau World Heritage collection, I often stop by Camoes Garden, finding it a nice place to kill the time.
Dedicated to the famous Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes who lived in Macau for a brief while and composed his epic poem "Os Lusíadas" here, the park is the largest in Macau and covers around 20,000 square meters. The park is a short walk from the Ruin's and is easily reached by public transport. Upon entering the park, the visitor is greeted by a huge "Embrace" sculpture surrounded by a fountain. The area around the sculpture is home to 10 stone engravings representing the cantos of his poems. Further up the path is the actual grotto consisting of three large stones and a bust of the poet. To the right of the grotto are upright stone slabs inscribed with Sonnets of his famous poems. The park also contains a hill, extensive gardens, a waterfall, watchtower, children's playground, library, a Chinese pavilion, a hall and a statue of St. Andrew Kim. It is open from early morning till late night and offers great views over Macau from the higher points. This is a popular attraction and worth a visit if you are in Macau.