I went on an impromptu trip to Macau to accompany my paternal grandma two Saturdays ago. My cousin from my mother’s side resides in Macau so she brought me out the entire day. The morning started with her picking me up at 9:30am. I was so excited when I saw her two dogs putting their heads outside the window of the car so yes, we had the company of her helper and two dogs as well! My cousin (Jie Jie Seow Yuen) drove for about 10 minutes before we arrived at this place, whereby we had to start taking the stairs that leads to the walking trail from the carpark.
大潭山 / Tai Tam Mountain
澳門 / Macau
The route is 160 meters above sea level and will take you 360 degrees back to the point of origin after walking for about 4000 meters. This could be done in about an hour or less. Throughout the brisk walk, there are a lot of taps so as to quench the dogs’ thirst if needed. This is the reason why we saw so many dogs along the way. When my cousin and her helper let go of the leash of the dogs, the dogs were running around on their own, while we brisk walk and catch up. No matter how much a person trains for his runs, he will never beat the speed of the dogs. Along the way, you will also be able to meet other Macanese and they are so friendly as they will strike a conversation with you while you cuddle with their dogs. One of the hikers was not feeling well and felt like vomiting though. Even though my cousin did not know her, she went around asking other locals if they have mint sweet for the lady to calm down and ease her urge to puke. However, the mint sweet was nowhere to be found. This is one of the major difference between staying in Hong Kong and Macau since it is a slower pace of life at Macau and thus, it is easier for people to make friends since they are.
Additionally, from the top of the mountain, you are also able to take in the gorgeous views of the hotels such as Galaxy Hotel located at the Taipa area depicted on the first, second and third pictures. Shown on the fifth picture, you are able to view the construction of the LRT that will soon be taking you around the Taipa area as well. There is actually a garden and playground area for kids to play at during the trail but since there were no children with us, we skipped it. Towards the end of the hiking trail, we saw the significant stone called the coffin stone, also known as “棺材石” as portrayed in the sixth and seventh pictures. When we arrived back at the original point, which is the carpark, my cousin went to drive the two dogs and helper home before we went about to another place to hike. Just look at the last two pictures above and you will be able to see how excited the two dogs are being in this joyride back home.
I would love going for morning hikes at this mountain if I ever live in Macau!