Taipa is predominantly a growing up-scale residential area. It is 2.5 kilometres from Macau Peninsula and east of the Lesser Hengqin Island of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. Most Chinese settlement of Taipa occurred during the Southern Song Dynasty, while the Portuguese occupied the island in 1851.
Taipa Island (Mt Carmel Parish) Attractions
In the 18th and early 19th centuries Taipa consisted of two hilly islands and a protected harbour which provided an anchorage for clipper ships and Indians engaged in trade with China. Smaller vessels would transship the cargoes of muslin, manufactured goods and opium up the Pearl River to Canton and return with tea, silk, and porcelain for export around the world. Taipa is now once again an international gateway with the opening of the Macau International Airport.
Located in the island of Taipa, the Mt. Carmel Church Macau was built in 1885. This simple baroque church stands on a hill overlooking what use to be the
sea , the colonial mansions, and over the other side of the hill, the bustling
Taipa Village and the Yek Long Firecracker Factory.
Five colonial and mediterranean style residences are fully restored to their
former lost glory. One houses the Macanese House Museum which displays period furnishings of
Chinese and European styles and mementoes of Macanese life at the time.
To reach the Carmel Church Macau and Taipa Village take one of the buses that
stops in front of the Hotel Lisboa near the bridge on the mainland. Bus nos. 11, 15, 22, 28A, 30,
33, 34, and 35 all go to Taipa Village.
Pou Tai Un (Buddha Temple) in Taipa is the biggest among all temples in Taipa and Coloane, and is also the biggest Pure Land Buddhism Temple in Macao. The Temple was first built in 1972, mainly dedicating to Gautama Buddha, the Sixth and Last Patriarch of Chan Buddhism, Avalokitesvara and Trikaya.
Location: Avenida Lou Lim Ieoc 5 – 5B, Taipa
Chinese shophouses, Portuguese-style offices, small temples and a former firecracker factory share the narrow streets and alleys of this busy, colourful village. Hanging flower baskets and old-fashioned street lamps make it an appealing place to stroll, and the numerous restaurants along the Rua da Cunha (known as Food Street) are popular destinations for Portuguese, Macanese, Chinese, or other cuisines.
Rua do Cunha Taipa Food Street
Rua do Cunha in Taipa Village is known all over as teh famous food street of Taipa. The street forms part of the old heritage village. At one end of the street is the old market buidling now refurbished and at the other end a small plaza where the Sunday Flea Market is held..
Along the Taipa Food Street is a dizzying array of restaurants and snack shops. There are Chinese, Cantonese, Portuguese, Italian, French and even Korean food for you to choose from.
Shopping: Taipa Flea Market
The Sunday Taipa Flea Market is a small flea market with many souvenir stalls. Here you can find local handicrafts, toys, clothes and other souvenir item on sale. Find it along Rua do Regedor & Rua das Gaivotas.
Time: Every Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Bombeiros Square, Taipa
Organizer: Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau
Telephone enquiries for Taipa Flea Market: (853) 2833 7676
Telephone enquiries for Street Show: (853) 8988 4100
Address: Bombeiros Square, Rua do Regedor & Rua das Gaivotas, Taipa
Four-Faced Buddha Shrine
There are two Four Faces Buddha in Macau: one at the end of the car park of the Macau Jockey Club
on Taipa Island and the other at the International Centre close to the wharf which is a very interesting
monument in an ornate Thai Style.
Old Taipa Fortress
The old Taipa Fortress was built in 1847 by the Lieutenant Silva Loureiro in the western tip of Taipa Island for protection against pirate raids over merchant ship that prey for booty over the prosperous sea trade in the Pearl River.
The columns are part of the decorative facade that was added afterwards, built probably, when the main building become a summer resident for the Macau governor.
Macau Jockey Club
Weekend afternoon and mid-week might meetings are held on this modern, flood-it grass track, while punters can watch from the well-appointed, air-conditioned grandstand, containing restaurants and state-of-the-art computerized betting equipment. Horses are from Australia, Ireland and America, as do many of the trainers and jockeys. For more information, please visit website of Macau Jockey Club or call Macau (853) 2882 0868, HK Toll free 800967822.
Macau Stadium / Pool Complex
Opened in early 1997 next to the Raceway, this sports arena has seats for 15,000. It has two playing fields for soccer, hockey, and track and field, plus two gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics. The stadium is used for local and international sports events, gala occasions, and pop concerts.
Kun Iam Cave is a small-scale temple in Macao. It was first built in 1871 and was renovated thirteen year later. It is said that Kun Iam had presented in the cave and so people placed the idol of Kun Iam there and offered incense. Later people built a temple to honor Kun Iam but the idol still remains in the cave.
Location: Templo Pequeno de Kun Iam, Taipa
Tin Hau Temple (Taipa) is the oldest temple in Taipa. It was built at around 1785. The Temple only dedicates to the Goddess Tin Hau. Many historical relics have been preserved there.
The Temple of tin Hau is the oldest temple of Taipa, built in the QianLong Reign. The existent main palace is dedicated to the Empress, with a lot of cultural relics inside. Besides the ancient bell, there also are decorated gateways, standing tablets, stone or tin incense burners, ancient inscribed boards and incense burner tables. The cultural relics belong to the periods of Qianlong Reign, Dao Guang Reign, Xian Feng Reign, Tong Zhi Reign, Guang Wu Reign and other periods during the Republic of China.
Location: Rua Gov. Tamagmin Barborsa, Taipa
Sam Po Temple was built in 1845 and was renovated later. Similar to the Kun Iam Cave in Taipa, Sam Po Temple is also a cave with an idol placed inside.
It is also said that the Temple of Sam Po was built in the twentieth fifth year of the Daoguang Reign(1845) and rebuilt during Xianfeng Reign. Now in the temple there still is a stone tablet inscribed in Taoist characters of Xianfeng Reign. The temple has a similar origin of the Small Temple of Kun Iam of Taipa, with its idols placed in a narrow cave.
Location: Rua Fernão Mendes Pinto, Taipa
Pek Tai Temple
Built in 1844, Pek Tai Temple is one of the large-scale temples in Taipa. It is also the only temple in Taipa running with public office. The Temple mainly dedicates to Pek Tai, Va Kuong, Goddess Kam Fa and Wealth God. At every Feast of Pek Tai, there will be Chinese opera performances held for the public.
Location: Largo Camóes, Taipa
Flower City Garden
Located across the street from the ParknShop supermarket in the centre of Taipa’s high-rise residential area, this walled garden is a modern interpretation of the classical Chinese garden, with traditional lotus ponds, winding bridges, and small pavilions, but it also incorporates a children’s playground and a skating and scooter area.