As a big fan of street art, my search for it continues.
Macau is actually a colorful and creative city, especially when you walk away from the luxurious hotels, fancy shopping malls, and extravagant casinos and instead look toward the city’s historic districts. Besides Coloane Village and Taipa Village, Praça de Ponte e Horta is another spot in Macau where you can find street art. The surrounding area of Praça de Ponte e Horta was embellished with Macau’s and international street artists years ago. They decorated the old area of the city with hip, modern and diverse mural art pieces. If you only have time to check out one area to experience Macau’s unique street art, I think this is the place.
I suggest that you try to get there in the early morning or wait until late evening to see some paintings on the metal doors of shops. And of course, don’t forget to check the back alleyways as many outstanding works are tucked away there, waiting to reward intrepid travelers.
The Taipa Village has been one of Macau’s best attractions being one of the only two traditional villages left in Macau. The village is a lovely mix of Chinese and Portuguese influences, with narrow streets, alleys and lanes, with old colonial houses lined up mostly on each side. The houses often adopt a yellow, blue and green shade of color, which produces an enjoyable pastel appearance of the village all together. It is a street art paradise. You’ll find a lot of street art and murals sprinkled around the area. It is also home to some great restaurants and cafes that have gotten creative with their exterior decorations.
Many travellers think that all there is to see in Macau is nothing but flashy casinos and ancient colonial structures that reminisce the city’s Portuguese past. Surprisingly, this small territory has lovely sceneries and old villages where life goes on at a gentle pace, one of which is the Coloane Village. The moment I entered the village, time stood still with a rustic essence compared to the rest of Macau. It has the feel of a quaint old fishing port, with Portuguese-style buildings, pile dwellings, and corrugated steel houses all lined along narrow cobblestone-paved roads, just as they were more than a hundred years ago.
The concept of “Fisherman’s Wharf” in Macau originated from Europe and the United States and it represents a kind of nostalgic leisure experience in Europe and America. It is not a single entertainment place, but a comprehensive leisure place. Macau has a Fisherman's Wharf too and I laid my eyes upon the Roman inspired piece of architecture.
Macau Fisherman's Wharf has a replica of the Roman Colosseum, which is considered as one of the most magnificent monuments in the world. Visitors will instantly feel like being transported to a whole new world in a matter of seconds. This one is designed as a venue for concerts and other performances with 2,000 seats. The Roman Amphitheater was intentionally designed with a portion of its structure missing. It was fascinating to walk through the halls and look at the details of the columns. A stroll along the Fisherman’s Wharf is without doubt a pleasant experience in Macau. If you visit Macau Fisherman's Wharf in the morning, you'll have the whole place pretty much to yourself.
Macau has a long history. Rua da Felicidade is one of them. It is Macau’s former red light district and also how the Portuguese street got its name “Street of Happiness” from its former seedy, heady colonial past. Walking here in the morning is such a joyful relaxation; people can feel the strong atmosphere of history from the green doors. Rua da Felicidade was built in the middle age of the Qing dynasty by the Macao governor-general. Two rich merchants and developed it into an entertainment street. Rua da Felicidade was divided into two parts. One is a cluster of brothels and teahouses while another part is a perfect place for taking drugs and drinking. So it was also called “the Paradise for men”. Once you come here, you’ll find that the street is preserved so well by the government that as if you have come back to the period hundreds of years ago. Any visitor can feel as if time has stood still and be able to imagine, far away from the modern casinos and shopping malls, how life might have looked like for ordinary people in old Macau.
熟悉澳门昔日情况的人，听到这条“福隆新街”，立即就想到是澳门著名的红灯区，是在清同治年间由福建商人开发而形成的热闹地段，有商铺、酒家、戏院，还有妓馆、烟馆进驻，是特定族群的花花世界。当时有不少的巨贾富商、世家子弟前往寻欢作乐，福隆新街葡文“Rua da Felicidade”亦有欢乐街之意。当时整条福隆新街，可分为上、下两段，上半段是妓院，下半段是烟室、赌馆及酒家。
What makes Macau a great place to explore on foot are some of the historic small alleyways and streets. Next time you find yourself caught in the crowds leading up to the Ruins of St. Paul and need an escape, look for a stairway leading you to Calçada do Amparo. Welcome to a “secret” world, a hub for Macau’s creative minds featuring specialty stores, exhibition space and food outlets. The street is beautiful with so few visitors and tourists. It’s a great place to find gifts, designer pieces, exhibition spaces and a variety of dining options and graffiti. There are also good laughs to be found. Some of the shops and restaurants are named quirkily which makes it a fun walk down this narrow promenade. This quiet hipster renaissance is a great place to explore on your next trip over to Macau!
Calcada da Igreja de S. Lazaro is a short pedestrian street within the St. Lazarus District in Macau. This is a very attractive area, lined with colonial buildings, many of which have been well preserved. The pavement here is also surfaced with pattered cobblestones. St. Lazarus District has served as a base for the development of Macao’s cultural and creative industries in recent years. Interesting buildings include the Chui Lok Chi Mansion, SCM Albergue are located here. As is St. Lazarus Church, the Macau Fashion Gallery as well as the local art incubator called 10 Fantasia.