Centuries ago Coloane was a wild spot, where pirates hid in rocky caves and coves, awaiting their chance to strike at cargo ships on the Pearl River. Early in the 20th century the local government sponsored a huge planting program to transform Coloane from a barren place to a green one. The results were spectacular—and enduring. Today this side of the island is idyllic, with lush hills and clean sandy beaches. Once connected to Taipa by a thin isthmus, Coloane is now fused with Taipa via the huge Cotai reclaimed land project, where the "Strip" was completed in 2010. Regardless of the recent development boom, Coloane remains the destination of choice for anyone seeking natural beauty and tranquillity.


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