My 5: Camoes Garden, Macau.

Old men Camoes Garden Macau

1. February 2018. Macau Peninsula’s oldest and largest park can be found in the Santo António neighborhood and is accessed via Luis de Camoes square. Before entering the park, grab a bench and observe the local seniors who come here to play chess, sleep, chat and engage in the time honored Chinese tradition of sittin’ doin’ nothin’.

2. February 2018. With twenty thousand square meters of wooded garden on offer, it won’t be long before you’ve left the crowds behind and start to unwind.  

3. February 2018. There are some magnificent trees and plants to discover, several gazebos, a pretty waterfall and a grotto dedicated to the Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, who lived right here in the park during the mid 1500s. In fact, legend has it he wrote his masterpiece Soul of Portugal here. June the 10th, the date of his death, is now celebrated in Macau as Portugal Day.

4. Camoes Garden, February 2018. Keep your eyes open for old men walking around with caged birds. You’ll also stumble upon a few Mahjong tournaments like this one. Generally these old dudes don’t like to be photographed, but if you’re looking down on them from a distance, chances are they won’t notice

5. Camoes Garden, February 2018. The park’s highest point features a gazebo with decent views out over the inner harbour. It’s a wonderful spot to come and listen to some music, read a book or simply take in the chattering of those birds fortunate enough not to be living in an old man’s cage. Camoes park is open daily from 06:30-23:30.

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

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Freelance travel writer, voice over and English teacher from London. Former music and film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.

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