Built by a wealthy Chinese merchant in the 19th century, Lou Kau, Lou Lim Ieoc garden is a tranquil oasis in the middle of the busy city and a popular hangout site amongst locals. Early in the morning, elderlies gather at the garden to practice tai chi or sing Cantonese opera. It is located within walking distance from Tap Seac Square and one of the must-visit gardens in Macau.
Lou Lim Ieoc’s layout and design took inspiration from the Suzhou gardens, the most famous of all Chinese classical gardens. Enclosed by a high wall around its perimeter, the landscape features a number of narrow paths surrounded by groves of bamboo and flowering bushes, leading to a pond filled with golden carp, turtles and lotus. A nine-turn bridge over the pond displays a zigzag shape which is worth a note: according to legend, evil spirits can only move in straight lines, hence the importance of the zigzag shaped path.
In addition, the garden comprises a large pavilion with classical and Chinese architecture features, where occasionally art exhibitions and events are held.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 6:00am to 12:00am