A row of 11 yellow glazed figures guard the roof of a building in Beijing’s Forbidden City. They include a dragon, a phoenix, a lion, a sea horse and a bull that can drive out evil spirits. If you go to the spot in Beijing, you can barely see them, on the top of the … Continue reading "Special puzzle"
A Macao-inspired masterpiece by a Chinese playwright during the Ming dynasty. A visit to the new Portuguese settlement of Macao in 1591 was the inspiration for the masterpiece of the Chinese playwright Tang Xian-zu which has been performed across the centuries up to present day. Tang completed ‘The Peony Pavilion’ in 1598; it … Continue reading "Setting the scene"
In 2015, its 20th year, Macau International Airport (MIA) received a record of 5.8 million passengers and 30,000 tons of cargo. It has 30 airlines serving a total of 44 destinations. It has been a long journey since its opening on December 8, 1995. Six years earlier the Portuguese government had given a 25-year … Continue reading "Twenty years of growth"
To meet rising demand, especially in Taipa and Coloane, Macao is going to build its largest water treatment plant and funding a major new pipeline that will bring water to it from Hengqin. Nacky Kuan, executive director of the Macao Water Supply Company (Macao Water), said work on the new plant, in Seac Pai … Continue reading "Abundant supply for the future"
From 2016, all 16 libraries have been put under the management of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, under the name ‘Macao Public Library’. Changes in the opening hours and other adjustments are expected throughout the year. For the libraries of Macao, 2015 was an important year – it marked the 120th anniversary of Macao Central … Continue reading "The new face of Macao’s libraries"
Interview with Jackson Chang, President of Macau Trade and Investment Institute Macao Magazine: Do you think that more should be done in the Pearl River Delta to put SMEs in contact with other companies in the region? Jackson Chang: Guangdong and Macao are situated on the Pearl River Delta, with a population of around 55 … Continue reading "2016, a busy year for IPIM"
Macao’s rich religious heritage gains international recognition. Four centuries ago, Catholic missionaries travelled to Macao to study at St. Paul’s College, the first higher-education institution founded by Jesuits serving the Portuguese empire. Today, thousands of tourists flock to the Chinese territory to visit this institution along with a multitude of churches and chapels and … Continue reading "Keeping the Faith"
Young filmmakers Cheong Kin Man, Emily Chan and Tracy Choi have taken Macao’s name to international film festivals (March 2016) For every rule, there is an exception. If reaching stardom at an early age was synonymous with wishful thinking, then Cheong Kin Man, Emily Chan and Tracy Choi are the exception to this rule. Still … Continue reading "Dream-makers under 30"
Macao’s walls have taken on a new lease of life with the growth of graffiti (March 2016) When walking through the streets of Macao, don’t be surprised to find yourself asking what all these splashes of colour and designs drawn on walls represent. You may also find yourself smiling at the provocation. That is the … Continue reading "The walls are alive"