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Why Lilau Square is special ?
Lilau Square (Lardo do Lilau) is located at the north of Penha Hill. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Lists as it forms part of Historic Center of Macau together with neighboring ancient architectures. As a legend goes, during Ming Dynasty an old lady (Lilau in Portuguese) constructed a well to collect spring for nearby dwellers; therefore the pool is called "Lilau", literally means "mountain spring". In the distant past, Lilau was the main source of natural spring water of Macau and the area was one of earliest residential quaters of Portuguese in Macau when they established their colony in Macau. Therefore many Portuguese-style apartment houses can be seen following the contours of hills with traditional Portuguese architectural style and art deco design. A Portuguese old saying goes that “One who drinks from Lilau never forgets Macau", reflecting their profound attachment to Lilau.
How to get to Lilau Square?
Bus routes to Lilau Square include 10A, 18, 21, 21A, 28B.
Additionally, Lilau Square is a few minutes walk from A-Ma Temple and Macau Maritime Museum
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Tips for you
I purposely passed by this area while walking from A-Ma Temple towards St. Lawrence Church. Apparently Lilau Square was one of the places in Macau where natural spring water could be collected. And I remember reading online that if one drinks from Lilau will not forget Macau. I saw a sort of water fountain but I did not dare to drink haha! For me this is a real nice shaded place to stop and relax for a while before continuing your walking tour around the area especially if you are like me walked all way from A-Ma Temple. In a way I felt connected to the locals especially there were a group of elderly hanging out at the benches chit-chatting. There is a convenience stall selling drinks, snacks and souvenirs. The owner even have service to post your mail for you for some additional costs. After all the bustling and loud noises, it was really nice to just sit there to rest. There were two cute stone elephants at the corner where the street signs are located.