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Coloane Islands, Macau (China)
Coloane Village stands as a living testament to Macau's dual Portuguese and Cantonese heritage. The quality of air in Coloane is relatively fresher than that of Macau Peninsula because of fewer local residents and urban development. Nowadays, Coloane Islands is a good place for beach lovers, hikers and golfers.
The village centers on Eduardo Marques Square which is a rectangle paved in cobblestones with black, white and yellow colour, laid out in a wavy pattern reminiscent of the sea. The square faces a seaside promenade that traces the channel dividing Macau from the dusty hills of China proper.
At the opposite end of the square stands the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, built in 1928. The chapel contains some of the most sacred Christian relics in Asia, including the remains of 26 foreign and Japanese Catholic priests who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597, as well as those of some of the Japanese Christians who were killed during the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. The chapel also housed a bone from the arm of St. Francis Xavier, who died in 1552 on Sanchuan Island, 50 miles from Macau, before it was transferred to Saint Joseph's Seminary and the Sacred Art Museum.
Alongside the Avenida de Cinco de Outubro leads to the Tam Kung Temple. Tam Kung Temple is a Taoist Temple that dedicated to the seafarer's God Tam Kung. Modern deep-water port next to Ka Ho where a village with a typical countryside lifestyle can also be seen.
List of famous sites
- Tam Kung Temple
- Old Tin Hau Temple
- Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
- Avenida de Cinco de Outubro
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