In a simulated indoor garden, Xin Xin munched on bamboo leaves. She seemed unfazed by the crowd, albeit small at 10 in the morning.
Outside, Kai Kai is the same, although he seemed more playful than his friend.
We took the 26A bus from just across Hotel Lisboa to the Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane to visit a pair of pandas from Chengdu. Set in the southernmost island, we’ve never been to this part of Macau, and thought we’d visit the city and spend a few hours in the park. We started early and arrived at the park before it opened, so we hopped on another bus that dropped us off at the Coloane Village Square.
At 9 in the morning, the village was half awake. We explored a bit of the area but didn’t reach the village center.
Right next to the square, however, as you walk toward the sea front promenade is Lord Stowe’s Bakery.
We walked in, bought ourselves a piece of their famous Portuguese egg tart
and devoured it while waiting for the bus to take us back to the park.
Nestled against the hillside with Alto do Coloane serving as backdrop, Seac Pai Van Park is designed around the terrain.
Found within the park is the Giant Panda Pavilion, the pair’s new home, simulating their natural habitat.
The multifunctional park, once a farm, is now considered as the largest natural green belt of Macau.
Besides the pavilion, the park has a mini zoo that houses a few animals from macaques to deers, a walkthrough aviary that has a few rare birds,
and a pond with a few flamingos and other waterfowl.
The 20-hectare lot is easy to explore in just a few hours. If you are into flora and fauna, this place may disappoint, but for the price (MOP$10) and the pandas, the park is worth the morning.
The village, I believe, though, is worth exploring… on my next visit.
But while in Macau check out the many good eats this island has to offer here, here, here and here.
9 thoughts on “Visiting Xin Xin and Kai Kai”
I love those huts with green roofs. I wonder why, but i haven’t been to Macau, amazing since i’ve been to a few places in China! I forgot where i saw the pandas, whether in Hangshou or Beijing. But i love your adventures.
Am not sure where else in China outside of Chengdu can you find pandas. 🙂 But Macau is an interesting place even if you don’t like gambling. Lots of history and beautiful villages and the food is just wonderful. A little piece of Europe in Asia. 🙂
seeing a panda in person is quite surreal for me. i sure hope that their population would rise with people’s help.
I’ve always wanted to see them up close hence the trip to Coloane. I hope so too, Maria.
Hi Jenn, you and me both are just too busy wandering around…You are more adventurous than me. I have been to many zoos, and I cannot remember if I have seen a real panda, maybe not.
Let’s catch up with our blogging and travels!
Looks like a lot of fun! I know I should love the pandas most, but I liked the flamingos even better!
Great post, I love the panda and the flamingo. Thanks for sharing your world. Have a happy day!
Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
Nice shots. That panda is adorable.