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Travel: Lou Lim Lok Garden

18 November 2012

Lou Lim Lok Garden

Macau is world famous for its casinos. It has many of them, somewhere in the order of 33 and the number is likely to be still growing. With a population estimated to be 578,025 and a land area of around 28.2 sq km Macau can feel very busy. Despite the high demand and cost for land green areas remain where people can take a break from their busy lives and enjoy more tranquil environment.

 

Lou Lim Lok garden is one such place.  It is located in the main Macau peninsula and is very much like an oasis in a sea of apartment blocks.  It covers 1.78  hectares. It does not take long to walk around it at a brisk pace but that is not the point. It’s not the place to visit in a hurry but a place to relax. Lou Lim Lok garden was once privately owned but it was acquired by the government back in 1974 and opened to the public.

 

The unmistakeable feature of the garden is the bridge that snakes across the pond. It is the feature that is first seen once entering the garden. It is often referred to as the ‘nine-turn bridge’ and has the ability to draw visitors to cross it and so draw visitors further into the garden.

 

The Pavilion stands grand and provides a place of shade that is useful to get some relief from the heat of the day during the hotter days of the year. In front of the pavilion there are potted floral displays along the fencing. The garden is adorned with many rockeries to add additional points of interest.

 

Lou Lim Lok garden has become a place for people to gather with their musical instruments play some traditional Chinese tunes.  It adds nicely to the atmosphere.

 

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