Meeting the Giant Panda in Macau can be fun and it costs almost nothing. As an added bonus, if you wish to have it, you get to ride in a Macau public bus. The public bus that takes you to Parque De Seac Pai Van can also take you further to Coloane village. And it better do because only after you take a walk on the streets of Coloane you will realise how much injustice the artificial attractions created around the casinos have done to the real heritage of Macau. Coming back to the Giant Panda, a visit to the Giant Panda Pavilion will be a nice and important stop if you have not seen a real Panda before. Plus, the Parque De Seac Pai Van has more to offer than just the Giant Panda. Keep reading for how to get there and what to expect...
|Giant Panda in Singapore|
The Giant Panda Pavilion Macau
|Giant Panda Pavilion in Parque De Seac Pai Van Macau|
Like I already said, the Giant Panda lives in a pavilion located inside Parque De Seac Pai Van. Admission to the park is free and it remains open from 8.00am to 6.00pm. The Giant Panda Pavilion opens from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday so do not go there on a Monday. There are no entertainment shows inside the pavilion but you just get to see the giant panda and take pictures. There is only one giant panda here. The picture of a panda above is not taken in Macau because when I went to Parque De Seac Pai Van, the panda pavilion was closed for some reason. This picture is from Singapore.
Ticket Information and Visiting Hours
|Giant Panda Macau Ticket Office|
The ticket to the Giant Panda Pavilion can be bought in the park itself for specified time slots for public visits. There are a total of six time slots:
10.00 - 11.00
11.00 - 12.00
12.00 - 13.00
14.00 - 15.00
15.00 - 16.00
16.00 - 17.00
The visitors are required to be at the entrance to the pavilion 15 minutes before the time slot marked on the ticket. Ticket price per person is 1.00 MOP. Entry is free for children under 12 years and for senior citizens over 60 years.
How to Get there
|Quarry Bay Bus Stop Macau|
No matter where your hotel is located in Macau, you can almost always find a free casino suttle bus nearby to get up to The Venetian / City of Dreams / Sands Cotai Central resorts in Taipa Macau. From here you need to shift to a Macau Public Bus. I suggest finding the public bus stop outside the City of Dreams and board a bus number 15, 21A, 25, 26, or 26A and get down at Coloane Quarry Bus Stop. Walk a little more in the direction of the bus (see picture above) and on your left side you will find Parque De Seac Pai Van. Carry a flyer or a map that shows Giant Panda to show to someone if you need to ask for directions because not many people in that area will understand English. If you wish you may board a public bus from anywhere in Macau going towards Vila De Coloane or Praia De Hac Sa, and get down at Coloane Quarry Bus Stop. Public bus fare can be paid in cash (coins, no change is given by the driver so pay exact change) or use the MacauPass debit card which is similar to Octopus Card Hong Kong or EZ Link Card Singapore. A new MacauPass card can be purchased from 7-Eleven stores in Macau py paying 140 MOP out of which you will get a spendable value of 100 MOP.
Other Attractions in Parque De Seac Pai Van
|Parque De Seac Pai Van in Macau|
Parque De Seac Pai Van has a Walk-in Aviary which is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm (closed on Monday). Admission is free. There is a lake too in the park with ducks and flamingoes apart from fish. In addition, the park has a Nature and Agrarian Museum, gardens of medicinal and exotic plants, a zoo, a children's playground, and a Giant Panda Pavilion Information Centre. The ticket office here doubles as a gift shop from where one can buy Panda themed gifts, t-shirts, etc. Overall, the parque De Seac Pai Van is a nice place to spend a couple of hours. Everything apart from the Panda Pavilion is free.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|