TAIPA VILLAGE | An Introductory Guide To Authentic Macau With Pamela Chan
Pamela Chan, is overall a local born Macanese who is passionate about the place that has seen her grow up. Holding a degree in tourism business management from Macau’s Institute for Tourism Studies, Pamela began her 14-year career in hospitality as a commercial flight attendant with Air Macau. Since then she has gained more than 10 years of marketing and communications experience working for luxury hotels and casino-based integrated resorts, both in Macau and regionally. Today, as a Senior Marketing Manager at Taipa Village Destination Limited -an affiliate of Sniper Capital Limited, Pamela has introduced a distinctive brand concept to promote Taipa Village as an exciting and culturally rich non-gaming destination, endowed with a wide diversity of innovative dining, niche shopping, diversified entertainment, heritage attractions and other leisure possibilities. Their goal: delivering an authentic and relaxing experience for both local and international visitors, bringing them a slice of original Macau.
- Please, tell us a little bit more about the following concept “Authentic Macau”
By introducing the brand concept of “Authentic Macau”, we hope visitors and our future generations can feel the traditional and original side of Macau embedded with a colourful history and unique heritage. Taipa Village is located in the oldest and best preserved area of Taipa. This lovely village is infused with pastel-hued shophouses, quaint cobblestone streets, Mediterranean-style alleyways and churches inspired by Portuguese architecture amid the unique blend of Chinese architecture featuring an array of ancient temples and old streets. Authentically Macau, the destination combines a rich cultural heritage with historic beauty, harking back to an idyllic blend of East and West.
- How did Portuguese heritage influence the character of the area and its people?
Macau had been a Portuguese colony for over 400 years, inherited a significant impact from Portuguese influences in the social-cultural and economic development of the territory. With the Macau handover to China in 1999, Portuguese legacy remains in Taipa Village in terms of the colonial architecture, Portuguese culture and heritage that set a nostalgic backdrop for visitors to trace back the history of the Portuguese settlement. The churches, villas, tiles, cobblestones streets, lamp posts and alleys reflect a strong Portuguese legacy of the colonial era, transforming Taipa Village into an exotic fusion of East and West and Macau’s leading destination for heritage and culture.
- What is the economy of the area based on?
Taipa Village is located in the neighborhood of the Cotai Strip, offering a perfect alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city’s casino resorts. As Taipa Village and its surroundings continue to be urbanised and developed, it still remains possible to peer into its history and experience the traditional charms of its heritage. Being a landmark non-gaming destination, Taipa Village provides tourists and locals alike with a genuine, relaxed experience through a myriad of heritage attractions, innovative dining establishments, unique shopping experiences and diverse arts and entertainment offerings. Boutique stores also offer accessories, digital products, fashion and homeware, and beauty salons further add to the appeal of Taipa Village as a lifestyle destination where new businesses and dynamic young entrepreneurs work side by side with traditional small enterprises.
- What kind of cultural attractions do we find at Taipa Village?
The major cultural attractions in Taipa Village are Taipa Houses-Museum, Our Lady of Carmo Church and Carmo Garden which are collectively known as one of Macau’s top eight attractions. These iconic attractions are recognized for the outstanding beauty and architectural importance, offering a glimpse of the Portuguese influence. Aside from the Portuguese attractions, visitors can also find an array of ancient Chinese temples in Taipa Village. Pak Tai Temple is the oldest temple with 160 years of history dedicated to the Northern Emperor, who is believed to have the divine power to withstand floods and fire. In celebration of the annual Feast of Pak Tai on the 3rd day of the 3rd month in the Lunar Calendar, performances of Chinese opera are usually held in a mat-shed in front of the Temple. Aside from history and culture, art is also a central part of the evolution of Taipa Village. Taipa Village Art Space is one of the key focal spots to showcase the art pieces from local and international artists, as well as holding a series of art workshops and cultural activities. Mediums of the exhibitions range from paintings, photography, to digital and multimedia installations.
- What type of dining can the visitor expect? What would be the most traditional option for those looking for an authentic Macanese experience?
Taipa Village offers a wide variety of cuisine, from local bakeries to traditional street food stalls, putting tempting and authentic Chinese fare alongside continental dishes inspired by Portuguese and Spanish culinary traditions. Visit Rua da Cuhna to sample delights from a selection of local eateries that offer snacks, irresistible cakes and pastries, and light bites. This popular gastronomic destination appeals to all the senses and is a truly unique tasting journey.
In terms of authentic Macanese dining experience, Michelin-recommended restaurant António is your best choice. António serves a wide variety of authentic Portuguese dishes including gratinated goat’s cheese with olive oil and acacia honey, roasted homemade Portuguese sausage, Portuguese octopus salad, garlic prawn, char-broiled grouper fish fillet served with tomato rice, and Portuguese duck rice. An extensive menu showcases favourite Portuguese dishes expertly prepared by Chef António. His delicious cuisine is complemented by a warm decor and inviting atmosphere, making António a perfect place for business luncheons, private dinners and functions.
- Is there any hotel offer for visitors to fully experience the area? Would you suggest any option that stands out for its authenticity and good service?
Inn Hotel Macau is located in the centre of Taipa Village with 287 refined guestrooms. This intimate boutique hotel aims to provide guests with cozy and comfortable experience, featuring urban glamour with distinctive design, contemporary décor and advanced facilities that convey a great value for guests.
- Are there any highlight events throughout the year that are specially popular and attractive for tourists?
The last quarter of the year is always the most fun-filled season in Macau, which is overwhelmed by numerous events and festivals including the Macau Grand Prix, Macau Food Festival, International Music Festival, Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, The Latin Parade and Macau Light Festival.
Regarding Taipa Village, our year-end spotlight this winter will be The European Charity Carnival which will be taking place from 3rd to 11th December in Feira do Carmo. The event aims to raise fund to support the Salvation Army’s efforts to help less fortunate members of the community in Macau during the festive season, while promoting European dining culture with gourmet food booths and interactive live entertainment to convey a carnival atmosphere.
- How do you envision the future of Taipa Village?
Our goal is to foster “sustainable heritage” in Taipa Village – the blending of architecturally beautiful local shop houses with vibrant retail and food and beverage concepts, which benefit the wider Macau community and become a new tourist attraction in their own right. By introducing a variety of upcoming cultural events and activities in Taipa Village, we are creating more tourist attractions in the neighbourhood that can further foster the sustainable heritage of this culturally rich landmark destination.
- How would you encourage international visitors to come and visit the area?
Taipa Village allows visitors to step back in time and explore the authentic essence of the city, and that’s what we promote to encourage visitors to come and visit the area.