St. Francis Xavier Parish (Coloane Island) Attractions
The St. Francis Xavier Parish covers the whole of Coloane Island. The island is the southernmost island of Macau, just south of Taipa and Cotai Strip , and east of Hengqin Island of Zhuhai in Guangdong province, PRC. Covering an area of 8.07 square kms and 4 kms long, the island is about 5.6 km from the Macau Peninsula.
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
Nestled against a hill side in Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane in a fan-shaped layout of about 3000m2, Macau Giant Panda Pavilion is designed to take advantage of combining the terrain’s natural undulations with the architectural characteristics.
The pavilion comprises two 330m2 indoor activity quarters and a 600m2 outdoor yard for the inhabitation of the giant pandas and a 900m2 indoor exhibit area. Two viewing paths of different elevations align along the front edge of the fan-layout indoor activity area, accessible to two streams of visitors. Internal facilities include a logistic centre with panda dens, bamboo-washing and storage quarters, feed preparation room, feed warehouse …
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission until 4:45 p.m.). Closed on Mondays, admission at 6 intervals per day; Closed on Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday.
Please purchase tickets in advance due to the limited number of admission.
Venue: Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, Seac Pai Van Park
Enquiries: (853) 2833 7676
Source: Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau
St Francis Xavier Catholic Church
St. Francis Xavier Church is a small chapel built in 1928 following the baroque
style of Macau’s major Catholic Churches. Portuguese color schemes of cream and white
serves as background for classical oval windows and a small bell tower.
The heart of Coloane Village is the central square where the bus stop is located as well as several restaurants and the popular Lord Stow’s Bakery. The village itself stretches north to the junk-building yards and the old ferry pier, and south along the waterfront promenade to the Tam Kung temple, dedicated to the Taoist God of Seafarers. Halfway along the waterfront is the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier and its picturesque Portuguese-style square, with busy cafes under the shelter of the arcades.
Kung Temple in Coloane
Built in the first year of the Tongzhi Reign of the late Qing Dynasty (in 1862), it is one of the comparatively large temple of Coloane. It is written in the couplet on the door of the temple of Tam Kung: “The stone jiao and the spirit of bell correspond to Billing, and returning waves and beautiful island are similar to Penglai.” In the temple there is a tablet set up in 1964 by the duty committee of the street Charity Committee of Coloane.
A-Ma Statue and Cultural Village
The tall white statue of A-Ma towering over the green trees above the hills of Coloane Island is unmistakable while approaching the island from the Causeway, now called Cotai Strip. The 170m tall peak is also the site for the A-Ma Cultural Village, a 7,000 square meter complex of towers, temple palaces, museums and shops.
Seac pai Van Park
Situated in the wooded hills on the west side of the island, not far from the causeway to Taipa, this park is a popular place for family outings. There are children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, flowerbeds, a small zoo, and a large walk-in aviary which is home to peacocks, pheasants, and other colorful species. There is also a garden of native medicinal plants and the small but attractive Museum of Nature and Agriculture.
Natural and Agrarian Museum
The Natural and Agrarian Museum of Macau is located in park of one of the three islands of Macau – Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane. It’s in the south part of the Macau SAR but in the northern part of Coloane, relatively far from commercial establishments that can be located in the island.
Cheoc Van Beach Bay
Cheoc Van Bay (Baía de Cheoc Van) is a sheltered cove on the west side of Coloane Island. At one end is a boat shelter, kayaking facilities and a sandy swimming beach with changing facilities. Snack bars and restaurants along the beach leads to a free-form swimming pool.
Hacsa Beach and Bay
The longest and most popular beach of Macau is the Hac Sa Beach. Named after its unique black-tinged sand (“hac sa” means “black sand”) offers a good walk from Westin at one end to the residential peninsula at the other end.
Coloane Hiking and Walking Trails
Coloane Island boasts an extensive network of well-maintained hiking and fitness trails. Trail maps are available at the information booth at the entrance to Seac Pai Van Park and at the trailheads. The trails are accessible from Seac Pai Van Park, from the various roadside picnic parks on the island, and from both Cheoc Van and Hac Sa beaches. It is also possible to join the main Coloane Trail, which circles the island at a height of about 100 metres above sea level, from various points on Coloane Peak. The main trailhead is on the Estrada do Alto de Coloane, near the Recreational Fishing Zone.
Kaho Catholic Church (Our Lady of Sorrows)
The second small church in Coloane was built in 1966 to serve the needs of
the settlement of Ka Ho. Overlooking the big garden in front of the Church
is huge bronze crucifix over the north door.
Tin Hau Temple – Coloane
The Ancient Temple of Tin Hau in Coloane is the largest and the oldest temple of Coloane. It was built in the 28th year of Qianlong Reign (in 1763, see the ancient bell in the temple), or built in the 16th year of Kangxi Reign (in 1677, see the tablet of the temple inscribed in 1963) as another version says. Judging from the existent cultural relics of the temple, it is doubtless that is the oldest temple of Coloane.
Kaho Chinese Temples
The Temple of Sam Seng (Three Divinities) of Ka Ho lies in the Beach of Sam Heng. The Three Divinities refer to the Emperor of Hung Seng, Kwan Tai and Tam Kung. It is written in the couplet on the main door of the temple: “The wave of benevolence fills Ka Ho covers tens of thousands of people.” Originally called Ka Ho Bay, it has changed to be called Beach of Sam Seng immediately after the set-up of the temple.
Home to go-kart and motorcycle races, the 1.2km-long and 10m-wide track sees its share of professional use, but tourists from all around the world routinely test their skills there, too. It is one of the most exciting kart-racing circuits in Southeast Asia and also the only one to be found in either Hong Kong or Macau. Go-karts are available for rental from as little as MOP100 for a 10-minute session in a 200cc kart capable of hitting more than 60km/h down the straights. More powerful 270cc karts with two-seats are also available, allowing would-be speed demons to take their non-driving friends or family members for a ride.
Water Activities Center
At the Hác-Sá Reservoir, behind the Hác-Sá Picnic Park on the main road above the beach, the new Water Activities Centre offers pedal boat rentals, a refreshment pavilion, and a fitness circuit which runs through the wooded area around the reservoir. A long swinging bridge provides pedestrian access from the parking area. For more information, please contact (853) 8988 4118.
Macau Golf and Country Club
For golf enthusiasts, the Macau Golf and Country Club is located on a hill beyond the end of Hác Sá beach. Please call (853) 2887 1188 for more information.
The golf club has developed a reputation as one of the most beautiful courses to play in the region with stunning views of the South China seas and quiet, peaceful surroundings. The golf course is enjoyable with every hole presenting a fresh golfing experience. Macau Golf and Country Club has hosted the prestigious Macau Open golf tournament since 1998 with such legendary players as Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomery, John Daly and China favourite Zhang Lian-Wei who has won the event twice.
Coloane Hotels and Resorts
Westin Resort Hotel and Golf Club;
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