Sun Yat-Sen Park
Whilst visiting Macau, it is recommended that you take the opportunity to see the Sun Yat-Sen Park which is located in the north of the Macau Peninsula. It is one of forty-three Sun Yat-Sen Parks in the world. The park is 390 meters (about 426 yards) in length and 130 meters (about 142 yards) in width and covers an area of about 70,000 square meters (17.3 acres). It is the largest park on the Macau Peninsula. In recent years, it has received more funding than any others from the Macau Local Council.
The park, which was created in 1987, was originally named 'Canal Dos Patos Park' to commemorate the friendship between China and Portugal. However, in 1990 a full-length bronze statue of Doctor Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) was placed at its entrance and it was then formally renamed the 'Sun Yat-sen Park'. Doctor Sun Yat-sen is known in China as "the Father of the Revolution" or "the Father of the Republic".
Sun Yat-Sen Park is divided into two main sections which have distinct styles. The northeast section is laid out as classical Chinese garden with artificial lakes, an arched bridge, pavilions and towers. In contrast, the southwestern section is European in style with athletic facilities and greenhouses gardens. There is also a children's playground in the centre of the park.
Two features within the park are particularly worthy of mention. Firstly, standing as a symbol of the friendship between China and Portugal, there is a steel statue of two shaking hands in the center of the park. Secondly, the Huang Junying Public Library is a facility which is available to both children and adults alike.
Within the park there is also an open-air theatre, a swimming pool, pelota courts and grassed areas. Most of the attractions in the Sun Yat-Sen Park are linked together by a winding path which is 500 meters (about 546 yards) long. This is the longest of all the paths in the parks of Macau.