Macau/Taipa

The houses of the Taipa Houses Museum.

Taipa (氹仔 - Tam Chai in Cantonese, Tanzai in Mandarin) was one of the islands in China's Special Administrative Region of Macau.

As an island, Taipa was situated between the Peninsula and Coloane island but is now joined with Coloane by the Cotai Strip which was reclaimed from the sea. It is still separated from the Macau Peninsula by a branch of the Pearl River, although three bridges provide road links.

Taipa used to be rural but massive development towards the end of the 20th century has seen the island transformed into an alternative city to the Peninsula. It boasts many hotels, casinos, shopping malls and the Macau Jockey Club racecourse.

The Macau International Airport is built on reclaimed land off the north-eastern end of Taipa.

Get in

By bus

Buses connect Macau Peninsula with Taipa, mostly via the Macau-Taipa or Old Bridge. Buses between the Peninsula and Taipa cost MOP$3.30 while those which continue on to Coloane will cost you MOP$4 or MOP$5 even if you get off at Taipa or if you catch it from Taipa to go to Coloane.

Some useful buses include:

Between the Peninsula and Taipa:

Between the Peninsula and Coloane via Taipa:

By car

Night view of the Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, looking toward Taipa on the other side

Taipa is connected with the Macau Peninsula by three bridges - the Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho or Macau-Taipa Bridge (also known as the Old bridge as it was the first of the three bridges), Ponte de Amizade (or Friendship Bridge) and the Ponte de Sai Van (Sai Van Bridge). The Macau-Taipa Bridge is the most direct link between Macau city center on the peninsula and the newly developed Taipa City, while the Friendship Bridge runs from near the Macau Ferry Terminal and the Macau International Airport. The Sai Van Bridge links the Barra area on the peninsula with the western tip of Taipa.

Between Taipa and Coloane, the only link used to be the Taipa-Coloane Isthmus Causeway. As the narrow straits between Taipa and Coloane has been reclaimed and developed into the Cotai area, the Isthmus Causeway (as it is still called) not only functions as the main highway between Taipa and Coloane but has also become the main drag for the Cotai Strip. There are now several other roads parallel to the Isthmus Causeway linking Taipa with Coloane.

By boat

There are no domestic ferry services from Taipa to either Macau Peninsula or Coloane. A direct ferry service runs to/from Hong Kong from the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal on Estrada de Pac on the northeastern tip of Taipa near the airport. See Macau's Get In section for details.

See

Museums

Do

Gambling

Hiking/Cycling

The two Taipa Hills are suitable for hiking and cycling. The larger hill, on the east side of the island right next to the airport, has several unpaved hiking trails that can also be used for mountain-biking. The smaller hill, on the west side of the island, has a low-traffic paved road circling it which is suitable for cycling and running. For those without their own bicycles, there are (very mediocre, at best) bicycles for rent in Rua Governador Tamagnini Barbosa in Taipa village, just behind the bus stop.

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Sleep

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Splurge

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