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Macau has many parks, but I think these three stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Camoes Garden

There ain’t nothing or no one cooler in this world than a one eyed poet.  Luis Vaz de Camoes was a satirist, sage, life adventurer and author of Portugual’s greatest epic poem - Os Lusiadas, which was published in 1572.  Legend has it that Camoes reached Macau in 1557, where he was appointed Trustee of the Dead and Absent, something that sounds a lot like my love life.  Since 1630, the bouldered hill on top of the park has been known as the “Rocks of Camoes”, and today features his bust along with excerpts from his writing.  

old man walking in Camoes Garden bust of Luis Camoes in Camoes Garden row of birdcages at Camoes Garden palm trees and pavilion at Camoes Garden

Camoes Garden is often a lively place, full of young families with children and seniors doing morning exercises, playing Chinese chess or tending to their pet birds.

Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm 

Flora Garden and Guia Park 

Flora Garden is located on the site of an old Portuguese aristocratic mansion named Flora Palace.  The stone gateway near the entrance used to be the guardhouse, while the former location of the palace is now home to an aviary and small zoo.


large lily pond at Flora Garden stone path at Guia Park trees on a sharp slope at Guia Park

Mu Yi and I visited Flora Garden and Guia Park on the final morning of Trip Report I.

Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 12:00 am  

Lou Lim Ieoc Garden

Wealthy businessman and lottery mogul Lou Kau (of the Lou Kau Mansion) began building this garden in the late 19th Century.  Finally completed in 1925, it was named after his son Lou Lim Ieoc, who inherited it in 1906.


front gate of Lou Lim Ieoc Garden 

Mu Yi and I spent a nice morning there, as part of Trip Report II.

Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 12:00 am 

As for Taipa and Coloane, I think the two best parks are Hac Sa Reservoir BBQ park and Saec Pai Van Park.


Hac Sa Reservoir BBQ Park

In addition to hiking trails, this big park is also home to the Nautical Entertainment Centre where boats and water scooters can be rented.


grass slide at Hac Sa Reservoir BBQ Park lake and paddle boats at Hac Sa Reservoir BBQ Park pavilion at Hac Sa Reservoir BBQ Park


Opening Hours: 24 Hours


Saec Pai Van Park

The main attraction of Saec Pai Van Park is the Giant Panda Pavilion, where visitors can watch resident pandas Kai Kai and Xin Xin eat a whole lot of bamboo.  When put together their names form Kai Xin, or 开心 in Chinese, which means "happy."  They had twin babies in 2016 which are only available for public viewing on Sunday afternoons, while two new red pandas were introduced in 2017.  The Giant Panda Information Centre is also located in the park, where visitors can learn more about China’s most prized animal. 


panda eating bamboo at the Giant Panda Pavilion at Saec Pai Van Park panda thinking what to do next at panda eating bamboo at the Giant Panda Pavilion at Saec Pai Van Park two baby pandas at Saec Pai Van Park red panda at Saec Pai Van Park

For those visiting Macau with children, the Giant Panda Pavilion is undoubtedly one of the city’s top attractions.  For more information, please check out their website at

Saec Pai Van Park also features hiking trails, a zoo and aviary, as well as the very boring Natural and Agrarian Museum.  

Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm


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