Jardim de Vasco da Gama

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Jardim de Vasco da Gama
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Very good

Brisbane2,087 contributions
A public Garden like the Jardim de Vasco da Gama adds so much value to a busy Macau city environment.
Jan 2020
For our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I enjoyed an 18 day Asian tour from 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 taking in short stays in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

For the Macau segment of our tour we decided that instead of taking the popular option of a day trip from Hong Kong we would have a stay of two nights. We wanted to experience a bit more of the real Macau and as it turned out we could easily have enjoyed at least a week in this wonderful place. We chose to stay at the Hotel Royal (reviewed separately) on Estrada da Vitória in the Macau parish of São Lázaro. How convenient that directly in front of the Hotel Royal was the beautifully landscaped Jardim de Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Garden) as an added extra.

We enjoyed several pleasant walks through Jardim de Vasco da Gama from Rua de Ferreira do Amaral when getting back to our hotel after our daily travels. These walks enabled us to admire the beautifully manicured landscaped gardens created in the 19th century and the bust of Vasco da Gama, the work of sculptor Tomás da Costa erected in 1911. The bust sits on an imposing stone pillar or plinth placed above a pleasing three layered octagonal water fountain. Looking up and admiring this bust reminded me of the valuable place in world history that is reserved for Vasco da Gama as the first to sail from Europe to India by rounding Africa's Cape of Good Hope in 1498. How wonderful then that Macau has chosen to honour this brave pioneering Portuguese navigator by providing such a beautiful, simple Garden.

There is pleasing symmetry in this Garden. Surrounding the plinth with the bust of Vasco da Gama are four equal sized concave truncated square green and purple shrub gardens with pretty pink flower borders, as a break from the impressive paving tiles throughout the Garden. The purple shrubs create a pleasing pattern amongst the greenery. The concave truncations create a circular path around the stone plinth and water fountain with entrances to this path at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions of the created circle. We had a wonderful view of the overall effect of this horticultural artistry from a good vantage point at the top of the 14 steps down to the Garden on Estrada da Vitória. The multi storey Hotel Royal provided the ideal backdrop for these Gardens. We also enjoyed good views of the Gardens from the breakfast restaurant at this Hotel. For travellers with children there is a very good children’s playground with good recreational facilities to the side of the Garden.

The Gardens also looked lovely at night time with the large spherical Christmas lights (we were there on 31 December) lit up around the Vasco da Gama fountain and plinth providing a splendid sight.

As an aside, if travellers happen to be visiting this Garden around a meal time and are looking for a great place to eat, we would recommend the Windsor Arch Seafood Restaurant which is just about diagonally opposite Jardim de Vasco da Gama in Rua de Henrique de Macedo. The exterior looks very lack lustre and rather uninviting but the restaurant inside is nicely appointed. We had lunch here and nobody could speak English and we were the only westerners in the place. However, with sign language and pointing to an all Chinese written menu with food images, we received a really well cooked set menu of western favourite Chinese dishes. It was as good a lunch as any we experienced on our 18 day trip and it was a real surprise packet for us. It demonstrated that indeed “you can’t always tell a book by its cover”.

However, I digress, so back to the Vasco da Gama Gardens to complete my review. This may only be a small city public garden, but it certainly is not insignificant. It represents a beautiful oasis in a very busy city environment and it is a place where time can stand still for just a moment while passers- by admire its obvious impressive features. In a modern world where buildings tend to dominate, it is so pleasing and refreshing to see dotted here and there pockets of parkland like the Jardim de Vasco da Gama that really add so much value to the local city environment.
Written June 28, 2020
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Chengdu, China1,861 contributions
Lively little square
May 2019 • Business
Full of people doing Pilate's or other firms of exercise in the morning. Through to group dancing in the evening. Well maintained and with a lovely central fountain
Written May 21, 2019
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Macau, China2,248 contributions
Small city park dedicated to Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama
Apr 2018 • Solo
Jardim de Vasco da Gama is a small city garden and square located along Rua de Ferreira do Amaral. It is situated between the Historic Centre of Macau and Guia Hill. It is a good stopping point for those wanting a quick rest before walking up to to see the World Heritage Guia Fort.

Here you find park benches places around a centre monument and bust of Portuguese Navigator Vasco de Gama which was erected here in 1911. There is a small children's playground area as well as nicely landscaped scrubs and flowerbeds that help create an urban escape from the busy streets of Macau.
Written December 19, 2018
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nyc155 contributions
Pleasant outdoor garden
Feb 2017 • Couples
Mostly tiled with a small playground. Not much in terms of vegetation. We came across or because of its proximity to our hotel. Not worth a special trip
Written February 1, 2017
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Bangkok, Thailand300 contributions
Short Trip.
Sep 2016 • Friends
We came down from Guia Hill and walked along the street. We stopped by in front of Hotel Royal for a break. Jardim de Vasco da Gama was similar to Flora Garden. Only I found this place much smaller and there was nothing much. Next to Jardim de Vasco da Gama, I think I saw some kind of museum or historical centre (not exactly sure) about Sir Robert Ho Tung. If you are staying at Hotel Royal or nearby here, well it is worth to visit just for a short trip. Otherwise, I would not suggest you to come here since it is barely nothing. Then I headed to the nearest bus stop. I walked around ten minutes in order to find it.
Written November 21, 2016
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Redhill, UK60 contributions
Stunning colours
May 2016 • Family
We stopped off on our way to Guia Fortress after reading about the garden on TripAdvisor. A little gem of colour and well worth a visit.
Written May 15, 2016
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,857 contributions
Beautiful Garden in Macau
Dec 2014 • Solo
Dedicated to the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, this is a small garden in Macau located close to the Guia fortress. The garden is located below street level and has a bust of the famous explorer surrounded by a three tiered fountain at its center. The garden is has beautiful and colorful floral and grass pattern which are a sight to behold.

Worth a brief visit on the way to the fortress.
Written November 29, 2015
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Hong Kong, China133,854 contributions
One of several small city parks in this area of Macau
May 2015 • Couples
Credit the Portuguese for planning numerous squares, gardens and parks in Macau, somethign you simply don't see much of in this part of the world. Jardim de Vasco da Gama is one of these parks, one of a handful in this area of the city.

Named after the Portuguese navigator and explorer, it is a small, square shaped square just off the small Rua F do Amaral, where you can find a small playground area for children, landscaped shrubs, a few trees and anchored by a statue and bust to Vasco da Gama installed here in 1911. There are a few park benches here as well.

It is a decent square if you are staying at Hotel Royal or if you are passing through the area in route to attractions northeast of here and need to stop to rest your feet. Otherwise there are other better parks, gardens and squares in the area.

We prefer Jardim San Francisco, next to the Grand Lisboa is you are staying near to the Historic City Centre. Another nicer park option is the very good Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, 5 minutes away, northeast of Tap Seac Square. There is also the Flores Garden where you catch the cable car up to Guia Hill. We'd suggest these green spaces first to visitors of Macau.
Written May 24, 2015
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Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,371 contributions
On the way to Guia Fort
Jan 2015
We passed through the small garden on the way to the fort & that is really the only reason to be here - a shortcut.

It has plenty of seating & a big sport complex but the garden holds little of interest.
Written February 19, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada51 contributions
A small garden frequented by old folks
Aug 2013 • Family
The garden, a square, is right in front of the Royal Hotel and located next to a relatively steep slope leading to the Pine Flower Hill. Many older folks come here to chat but there is also a playground for children. A good place to spend half and hour or so to look around and sample the local scene. There are also a couple of cafe's along the slope. Good for a low-cost breakfast if all you want is coffee, toast or some noodles.
Written August 20, 2013
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