(Near to Wine And Grand Prix Museum)
Rua Luís Gonzaga Gomes, Macau
Standing in Lotus Square next to the Forum, the large sculpture of “Lotus Flower In Full Bloom” presented by the State Council of China in 1999, marks the return of sovereignty of Macao.
The sculpture, made of gilded bronze and weights 6.5 tons, is 6 meters high and the diameter of the flower is 3.6 meters at maximum. The major part is composed of a stem, petals and pistil, with a total of 16 components. The base of the flower consists of 23 pieces of red granite.
The lotus flower, which is in full bloom, symbolizes the everlasting prosperity of Macao. There are three layers of red granite at the base, which are in the shape of lotus leaves, signifying the Macao Peninsula, Taipa Island and Coloane Island.
Source : en.macautourism.gov.mo
The Lotus Square has become a great site to hold various activities since it came into use. The most well-known is the flag-raising ceremony at 08:00 every morning. In September, 2000, the local government installed two flagpoles on the square to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. The first flag-raising ceremony was held here on October 1st, 2000. Since then, it has become a daily practice to raise the flag of China and the flag of Macau. On National day (Oct. 1st) and Macau S.A.R. Establishment Day (Dec. 20), government officials participate in the ceremony.
Furthermore, beautiful flowers are usually displayed around the golden lotus sculpture during great festivals, such as the Chinese New Year and Christmas. A great number of local people and tourists can be found taking photos and strolling around the square.
Source : travelchinaguide.com
Getting there : 1A, 3, 10, 10B, 28A, 28B, 28BX, 28C, 32