New UM Campus in Hengqin, Zhuhai

Over the weekend I made a one-day trip to Macao to enjoy some peace of mind. This time I didn’t follow a typical tourist itinerary but seized the time to pay a visit to the new campus of the University of Macau. The new campus, now one river apart from the old site, was relocated from Taipa to Hengqin in 2013 and 2014. Though situated in Hengqin, Zhuhai, the new campus is under the jurisdiction of the Macao SAR. Visitors can go to the campus directly from Macao by bus MT3U, 71 and 37U without going through immigration procedures.

The new campus is about 20 times of the old one, accommodating around ten thousand students. The entire environment was spacious, tranquil and picturesque. There was a colossal green space, covered with lawns and decorated with trees, rivers and lakes.

It was relaxing and refreshing to simply hang around the campus, admiring the spectacular academic buildings and green garden. The architectural style was eclectic and characterised by eastern and western designs, blending elements of Southern Europe and the Cantonese culture.

The campus is self-sufficient. There is a variety of restaurants and cafeterias scattered around, offering Chinese, western and Portuguese cuisines, catering to different preferences. There is also a complex where you can find a supermarket, bookstore, post office, bank, clinic, pharmacy, etc. It is very convenient.

It was a pleasure to spend a laidback morning there. Though it was not my alma mater, strolling around the campus brought me back memories of old school days. How time went by.


欣賞澳門大學獨樹一格的綠色校園

剛過去的周末我特意到了澳門一日遊,享受片刻寧靜。早上我並沒有去看旅遊勝地,而是參觀了澳門大學(University of Macau)的新校園。校區於二零一三及一四年陸續從氹仔搬到橫琴,新校與舊址僅一河之隔。雖然新校舍位於珠海橫琴,但屬澳門管轄,所以遊客可直接從澳門乘搭巴士前往新校區,不用辦理過關手續,巴士MT3U、71和37U均可直達,相當方便。

新校園大概是舊校舍的二十倍大小,現容納約一萬個學生。整個校園寛敞,環境優美寧靜,是個寛廣的綠色園林空間,綠草如茵,綠樹成蔭,還有小河湖泊,漫步其中心曠神怡。校園的建築和學術大樓兼收並蓄東西方設計風格,融合中國嶺南文化和南歐風情,繞有特色。

整個校園自給自足,有林林總總的餐廳食肆選擇,如中式、西式和葡式等餐廳。校園的商場有超級市場、書店、郵局、銀行、診所、藥房等等,十分方便。

在校園閒逛一個早上十分愉悅,雖然澳門大學並非我的母校,但美麗的校園亦勾起了我的學生回憶,真是光陰似箭。