Macao - a vibrant city boasting dual UNESCO-listed attractions

Travel | 12 Jun 2020

This year marks an important milestone in the protection and inheritance of Macao’s cultural heritage as it celebrates the 15th anniversary of the listing of The Historic Centre of Macao as UNESCO World Heritage, whilst not forgetting its designation as an UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2017.

The Historic Centre of Macao

The UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Macao is the shining product of over 400 years of interaction between the East and the West. It comprises a group of 22 principal buildings and 8 square fronts spread amidst the old trading port city of Macao. In addition to the iconic Ruins of Saint Paul’s, other illustrious sites and architecture include Senado Square, Mount Fortress, A-Ma Temple, Dom Pedro V Theatre, and more.

Macao SAR has produced a rich collection of literature and maps that provides interesting background to these sights, as well as easy-to-follow directions on how best to plan your sightseeing itinerary. Most of these sights are close to one another and easily accessible on foot, and are certain to enrich your knowledge and enhance your appreciation of this unique and dynamic city.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the listing of The Historic Centre of Macao as an UNESCO World Heritage site, there will be an extravaganza of celebratory activities for locals as well as visitors to share in their pride and joy.

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Creative City of Gastronomy

With gastronomy being a distinctive element of Macao’s inviting culture, the designation of Macao as an UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2017 adds a powerful international branding to the city in its transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. It is also the third Creative City of Gastronomy in China to be awarded this honour.

To celebrate the designation of Macao as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, the Macao SAR Government has devised plans both locally and internationally to raise awareness of the designation, as well as to inherit the city’s gourmet culture and boost creativity locally. Its strategies include vocational training to nurture F&B expertise, and hosting an annual international gastronomy forum to facilitate exchanges.

The Macao SAR Government has also set up a management unit that comprises both the public and private sector to implement and supervise all the initiatives and projects undertaken. All actions and initiatives will correspond to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s mission of using creativity to boost sustainable urban development.

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Let the lotus flower season begin!

Organised by the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM), The 20th Macao Lotus Flower Festival & The 39th Macao Green Week showcases the graceful perennial aquatic plant found far and wide throughout China in Avenida da Praia in Taipa from June 12-21.

This year’s festival will dispense with ceremonies due to the epidemic, and visitors are reminded to observe health guidelines and abide by instructions on site.

Every year, the festival features a particular lotus flower breed. This year’s Festival is themed on the ‘Imperial Lantern’. Introduced to Macao in 2016, this medium-to-large-sized breed boasts red, shiny and dense petals.

What’s more, themed on ‘Children’s Tale of the Snow Country’, the Sun Yat Sen Park and the Taipa Houses–Museum will be adorned with Russian styled installations.

In addition to the exhibition areas, there are over 13,000 potted lotus plants displayed across Macao, along with a series of activities to promote the lotus culture. The activities include Retrospective Exhibition on the Past National Lotus Flowers Exhibitions, floral art exhibition, photography exhibition and many more.

The 20th Macao Lotus Flower Festival & The 39th Macao Green Week

Date: June 12-21

Tel: +853 2833 7676


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