Taipa, the home of Macau International Airport, racecourse, sports stadium and university, initially appears to be over developed to justify a special stop. Having said that, the small Taipa hamlet on the island’s east coast, featuring its old colonial esplanade, can make a enjoyable location for a prolonged lunch break.
The bus will drop you off by the popular marketplace, from where the one hundred metre long Rua da Cunha, guides you right down to the old fashioned Feira do Carmo market square, which happens to be partially flanked by a dragon wall as well as some restaurants. Across the far side of the market place, simply turn right to visit additional restaurants along with a Tin Hau Temple, or left and soon you will notice a wavy variety of tree-lined stairway leading up to a compact square and chapel across from the old colonial boardwalk, Avenida da Praia.
Looking south from what now is Cotai, you would have seen mud flats, reeds and the sea, this of course has all changed and the land that makes up the Cotai district has been reclaimed from the sea. Straight ahead is the phenomenal Venetian, a full sized duplicate of Venice’s St Mark’s Square holding the world’s biggest casino resort, with 850 gambling tables, 4100 slot machine games along with its own fixed Cirque de Soleil troupe. Additional reclamation ensures that Cotai’s western coastline now rests along side the Chinese mainland, while using the Cotai Frontier Post makes admission simple for coachloads of vacationing mainlanders.
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