Experience Nature Tripping in Macau, Here Are 5 Green Spaces You Must Visit
by: The Beat Asia
March 16, 2023
A nature trip is one of the best ways to breathe in some fresh air and immerse yourself in verdant scenery. Setting aside Macau’s casinos dotted all over the cityscape, the autonomous region is one of the top destinations for green spaces, thanks to its vibrant tourism that offers great leisure stops for local and foreign tourists alike.
Get ready to be mesmerised by the beauty of Macau’s natural splendor. From nature parks to lakes, here are five places you should check out for your next nature excursion in Macau.
Seac Pai Van Park (Parque de Seac Pai Van)
This nature spot in Macau is rich in biodiversity, thanks to its green facilities – the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the Garden of Exotic Plants. The park encompasses a 40-acre site filled with landscaped gardens, aromatic plants, and an ecological trail garden.
You can also find the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion near the hillside of the Seac Pai Van Park. It is built with artificial mountain rocks, panda shelters, a bamboo cleaning area, and a bamboo storage designed as a simulated habitat for giant pandas.
The exhibit area for visitors is made of preserved original trees and a large tempered glass for viewing.
Aside from the Panda Pavilion, the park is a popular destination for families because it features a walk-in aviary, botanical gardens, a children’s playground, and the Natural and Agrarian Museum. It is open daily from 6 AM-10 PM. Admission to the park is free, except when visiting the giant pandas.
Location: Seac Pai Van Park, Estrada de Seac Pai Van, Parque de Seac Pai Van, Coloane
Taipa Grande Nature Park
This nature park in Macau is a great spot for wandering and to see the panoramic views of the Taipa and Cotai skylines. As one of the best nature spots in the region, it offers various family-friendly activities, such as touring the sculpture park of the Chinese Ethnics and hiking the four-kilometre hill of the Grand Taipa Hiking Trail. Admission to the Grand Taipa Hiking Trail is also free.
Location: Taipa Grande Nature Park, Rampa do Observatório, Taipa
Coloane Trail (Trilho de Coloane)
The Coloane Trail, often known as Macau's green belt, spans 8,100 metres and encircles the entire island of Coloane. The trail is ideal for seasoned hikers who can navigate self-guided routes, which often take more than two hours to complete. The route is also a great option for those who love to jog, run, and walk.
Nam Van Lake
Nam Van Lake is a man-made body of water located at the southernmost tip of Macau Peninsula and the east of Sai Van Lake. Known for its picturesque setting, this nature spot is where the Dragon Boat Festival is typically held every year.
Apart from that, Nam Van Lake shares a tranquil atmosphere where you can rent little paddle boats to explore the area.
Location: Nam Van Lake, Avenue Panoramica do Lago Nam Van, Macau
S. Francisco Garden
Regarded as the first publicly accessible garden in Macau, S. Francisco Garden has a long and storied history, having been built by Spanish Franciscan friars in 1580. Throughout the years, the grassy lands of the convent were replaced with a three-tiered public garden that extends from Avenida da Praia Grande to Rua Nova à Guia.
At present, the leisure garden features a fountain with three spouts and a children’s playground. It is also home to decade-old trees, such as the Yanmin, Lebbeck, jambolan plum, starfruit, and mango trees.
Location: S. Francisco Garden, Rua de Santa Clara in Sé, Macau
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