Taipa (Nossa Senhora do Carmo)
氹仔 (嘉模堂區)
Aerial view of Taipa
Aerial view of Taipa
Taipa (Nossa Senhora do Carmo) is located in Macau
Taipa (Nossa Senhora do Carmo)
Taipa (Nossa Senhora do Carmo)
Location in Macau
Coordinates: 22°9′35″N 113°33′34″E / 22.15972°N 113.55944°E / 22.15972; 113.55944
FreguesiaFreguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Concelho Concelho das Ilhas (council abolished)
Country Macau
 • Total7.9 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
 • Total112,051
 • Density14,000/km2 (37,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (Macau Standard)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese氹仔
Simplified Chinese氹仔
Portuguese name
Ponte de Amizade (Friendship Bridge) from the Macau Peninsula (left) to the Taipa Island (right), Macau

Taipa (Chinese: 氹仔, Cantonese: [tʰɐ̌m.t͡sɐ̌i̯]; Portuguese: Taipa, pronounced [ˈtajpɐ]) is an area in Macau, connected to Coloane through the area known as Cotai, which is largely built from reclaimed land. Located on the northern half of the island, Taipa’s population is mostly suburban. Administratively, the boundaries of the traditional civil parish Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo are mostly coterminous with that of the former Taipa Island, except for a portion of the parish that lies on the island of Hengqin (Montanha), housing the campus of the University of Macau.


Taipa is 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) south of the Macau Peninsula and east of the island of Hengqin, which forms a part of the adjacent Chinese city of Zhuhai. The Macau International Airport, University of Macau, Macau Jockey Club and Macau Stadium are all located in Taipa.

Map of Macau and its vicinity in 1912. Taipa was two islands.
Map of Macau and its vicinity in 1936

Taipa’s geography is dominated by the presence of two hills to the east and west that tower over central Taipa. The 159.1-metre (522.0-foot) Taipa Grande Hill [zh] (大潭山, Colina da Taipa Grande) lies to the east, and Taipa Pequena Hill [zh] (小潭山, Colina da Taipa Pequena) the west. This is because originally Taipa consisted of two islands with a hilly terrain - Greater Taipa and Lesser Taipa. As a result of siltation and land reclamation, by the mid-20th century central Taipa had formed, which is largely made up of flat terrain, turning Taipa into one island.

Initially, Taipa was connected to Coloane only by the Estrada do Istmo [zh] (路氹連貫公路) causeway, opened in 1969, but starting in the 1990s, land reclamation efforts created a new area, Cotai, and which is home to mega-resorts, casinos, and convention and exhibition centres, and has turned Taipa, Cotai and Coloane all into one island. Taipa is connected to the Macau Peninsula by the Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, Friendship Bridge and the Sai Van Bridge.

Taipa is an urbanised, suburban area primarily home to housing, with several housing complexes, which are mostly upscale. As a new town of Macau, Taipa has better city planning than the Macau Peninsula, with wide streets set around a grid system, however Macau has historically centred around the peninsula and some choose to live on the Macau Peninsula because most famous schools are there.

In 2015 the body of the Director General of Macao Customs Service, Lai Minhua, was found in the district.[2]


Originally an island pair on the southern end of the Praia Grande, Taipa was first settled by Hokkien-speaking fishermen around 800 years ago.[3] Most Chinese settlement of Taipa occurred during the Southern Song Dynasty. In 1847, encouraged by the Governorship of João Maria Ferreira do Amaral, who sought to expand Portugal’s influence over Macau and affirm its sovereignty, Lesser Taipa was annexed by the Portuguese, constructing Taipa Fortress upon the command of Pedro Jose da Silva Loureiro to combat marine outlaws and protect Macau against the attack of pirates. By 1851, Portugal had also annexed Greater Taipa. These annexations formed part of a wider project by Portugal to turn Macau into a fully-fledged colony and expanding the colony’s area to include Taipa, Ilha Verde, Coloane and portions of Hengqin (Montanha). The annexation also aimed to resolve the problem of the divided harbour on the Peninsula and provide land, water supply and protection for the port.

Taipa’s main industry historically was fishing, with a prominent harbour where fishermen congregated. In 1923, Taipa saw its first firecracker factory open, which encouraged a boom in the firecracker industry in Taipa, especially as colonial officials limited firecracker factories on the Peninsula because of safety concerns following an accident in 1925 that killed 100 people. [4] Many firecracker factories opened, which encouraged people to flock to the island. By 1969, as the Portuguese colonial government sought to improve Macau’s infrastructure, a causeway (Estrada do Istmo) opened connecting Taipa to Coloane, and in 1974 Taipa got its first connection to the Macau Peninsula, the Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, named after the city’s governor between 1966 and 1974. Taipa’s population, like Coloane, began to expand significantly as better infrastructure was built, increasing from originally 3,000 residents. By the mid-1980s, the firecracker industry in Taipa had declined and the last factory closed in 1984. Starting in the 1990s, Taipa’s old village developed as a tourist destination as its Portuguese architecture attracted tourists and further infrastructure was constructed on the island, including the opening of the Macau International Airport in 1995.

The names of Taipa

In Cantonese, Taipa has been known by many names over time, including 龍環 (Lung Waan, meaning "Dragon Ring"), 雞頸 (Gai Geng, "Chicken's neck"), 潭仔 (Taam Jai, "Pool"), and 龍頭環 (Lung Tau Waan, "Dragon's-Head Ring").

The Portuguese name "Taipa" comes from the Chinese pronunciation of 氹仔 in Min Nan /tiap-á/ (similar to "tiamp-a") then became "Taipa". The Putonghua pinyin for 氹仔 is dàngzǎi, and this is how the island is referred to in Mandarin. Both the character and the alternative form 凼 mean cesspit, but are obsolete in modern Chinese, and only used in relation to Taipa and the Macau-Taipa Bridge (澳氹大桥 àodàng dàqiáo). The character , or (often used in Mainland Chinese texts), is often missing from mobile phone and computer input systems.

Another origin of the name, according to local legend, comes from an exchange between early Portuguese settlers on Taipa and the local Chinese. The Portuguese asked the Chinese the name (nome in Portuguese) of the place. The Chinese settlers were local grocery shopkeepers and spoke no Portuguese, but took the Portuguese nome for the Chinese 糯米, "sticky rice", which is pronounced similar to nome in Cantonese. Thinking the Portuguese settlers were asking if they sold sticky rice, the Chinese responded with "大把", pronounced "daai ba" in Cantonese, meaning "a lot." The Portuguese, hearing the response, took this to be the name of the place. There is, however, no historical evidence to support this story. "Taipa" is also what the Portuguese call the clay-mud, rammed into moulds, used to build mud houses in Portugal in times gone by, in recent times referred to as Rammed Earth.


Escola Luso-Chinesa da Taipa (氹仔中葡學校)

Primary and secondary schools

Public preschool and primary school include:

Private tuition-free primary and secondary schools:

Private non-free primary and secondary schools:

Colleges and universities

The Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), Macao University of Tourism, and City University of Macau are located in Taipa.[18][19] University of Macau (UM), on Hengqin Island, which is part of Taipa (Nossa Senhora do Carmo), but geographically separate from Taipa.

Public library

Taipa has one public library operated by the Macao Public Library system. Taipa Library (Biblioteca da Taipa; 氹仔圖書館), which began trial operations on 15 April 2015 and opened officially on 1 September of that year, occupies 2,200 square feet (200 m2) of space in the basement of Taipa Central Park (Parque Central da Taipa; 氹仔中央公園). Previously, the area was also served by another public library: the Wong Ieng Kuan Library in Taipa (Biblioteca de Wong Ieng Kuan da Taipa; 氹仔黃營均圖書館). The library, which opened in January 2005, occupied 1,080 square metres (11,600 sq ft) of space on the second and third floors of Hei Loi Tang Plaza (喜來登廣場). Its construction was funded with donations from the Wong Ieng Kuan Foundation (Fundação Wong Ieng Kuan; 黃營均基金會).[20] The Wong Ieng Kuan Library in Taipa closed on 1 January 2022.[21]




Health centres operated by the Macau government in Taipa include Centro de Saúde dos Jardins do Oceano (海洋花園衛生中心), Centro de Saúde Nossa Senhora do Carmo-Lago (湖畔嘉模衛生中心), and Posto de Saúde para os Idosos Taipa (氹仔老人保健站).[22]

Other healthcare services include:


View of the Old bridge at night
Taipa Central Park


See also


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  2. ^ "錯誤 - RTHK". news.rthk.hk (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Preserved and revived" (PDF). www.taipavillagemacau.com. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  4. ^ "Travel back in time to experience Macao's firecracker era". Macao News. 2 February 2023. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Escola Luso-Chinesa da Taipa." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Endereço : Largo Governador Tagmanini Barbosa, S/N, Taipa" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 仔巴波沙總督前地"
  6. ^ "Colégio Anglicano de Macau." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Endereço : Avenida Padre Tomás Pereira, No,109–117, Taipa" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 北安徐日昇寅公馬路109–117號"
  7. ^ "Escola Cáritas de Macau." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Rua Cidade de Lisboa, n. os 299, 371 e 387, Taipa" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 氹仔里斯本街299、371、387號"
  8. ^ "Escola Dom João Paulino." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Endereço : Avenida de Carlos da Maia, s/n, Taipa" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 嘉路士米耶大馬路"
  9. ^ Home. Fong Chong School of Taipa. Retrieved on 11 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Escola Fong Chong da Taipa." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Endereço : Rua da Chaves" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 沙維士街"
  11. ^ "濠江中學各校部通訊." Hou Kong Middle School Macau. Retrieved on 11 April 2017. "濠江中學附屬英才學校 地址:氹仔成都街"
  12. ^ Home. Macau Pooi To Middle School [zh] Taipa Elementary School Branch (澳培道中學氹仔小學分校). Retrieved on 11 April 2017.
  13. ^ Home. Pui Va Middle School. Retrieved on 11 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Escola Secundária Pui Va." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Endereço : Rua Dois do Oceano Garden, no. 90, Edifício Oceano Garden, Taipa" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 海洋花園第二街90號"
  15. ^ "Escola de Aplicação Anexa à Universidade de Macau." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Endereço : Ru de Tai Lin, Taipa" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 澳門氹仔大連街BT-34地段"
  16. ^ "Escola Internacional de Macau." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "AVENIDA WAI LONG, TAIPA, UNIVERSIDADE DE CIÊNCIA E TECNOLOGIA DE MACAU, BLOCO K" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 偉龍馬路澳門科技大學K座"
  17. ^ "Escola das Nações." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on 9 April 2017. "Endereço : Rua do Minho, Taipa" – Chinese profile: "學校地址: 米尼奧街"
  18. ^ Home. Macau University of Science and Technology. Retrieved on 17 January 2017. Click "Contact" which reveals: "Address: Avenida Wai Long,Taipa,Macau"
  19. ^ Home. City University of Macau. Retrieved on 17 January 2017. "Avenida Padre Tomás Pereira Taipa, Macau"
  20. ^ "Branch Libraries." Macao Public Library. Retrieved on 16 April 2017. Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
  21. ^ Rui, Pastorin (13 December 2021). "Wong Ieng Kuan Library to be Closed on Jan 1". The Macau Post Daily. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  22. ^ "Contacte-Nos." Macau Health Bureau. Retrieved on 21 April 2018. Chinese version
  23. ^ "仁伯爵綜合醫院離島急診站於11月1日投入服務" (in Chinese).

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