Lou Lim Ieoc Garden
The most Chinese of all of Macau’s garden’s is the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden. It was originally constructed by the wealthy 19th century merchant, Lou Kau, and was inherited by his son Lou Lim Ieoc in 1906. When the family fortunes declined the garden went with them, but eventually it was repurchased and restored by the government and opened to the public in 1974.
The garden is modeled after thsoe of Suzhou, the most famous of all Chinese classical gardens. Enclosed by a high wall, it is a miniaturized landscape with narrow paths winding through groves of bamboo and flowering bushes, under molded concrete “mountains” to a large pond filled with golden carp and lotus flowers. A nine0turn bridge zigzags over the pond, as according to Chinese legend, evil spirits can only move in straight lines) to a large pavilion combining Classical and Chinese architectural features. There are frequent art exhibitions in the pavilion, which also serves as an auditorium for recitals during the annual International Music Festival.
Address: No. 10 Estrada de Adolfo Loureiro, Macau
Opening hours: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Bus routes nearby: 2, 2A, 5, 9, 9A, 12, 16, 22, 25, 25X, N2
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