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The islands of Taipa and Coloane are Macau's traditional countryside, where beaches, ancestral Chinese villages, and forested hills with nature trails and picnic areas can be found. Once considered remote from the city, when they were accessible only by small ferries, the islands have developed as integrated suburbs since being linked to the mainland by two bridges and a causeway. There are frequent buses to Taipa and Coloane from Macau's downtown and ferry terminal areas.

Today Taipa is best known as the site of the Macau International Airport, the University of Macau,the Jockey Club's Raceway and the Macau Stadium, however it preserves its heritage in Chinese temples, boat-building yards, restored colonial homes and traditional shophouses containing family-style restaurants.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries Taipa consisted of two hilly islands and a protected harbour which provided an anchorage for clipper ships and Indiamen engaged in trade with China. Smaller vessels would transship the cargoes of muslin, manufactured goods and opium up the Pearl River to Canton and return with tea, silk, and porcelain for export around the world. Taipa is now once again an international gateway with the opening of the Macau International Airport.

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