Macao to share experience of historic buildings preservation at Shanghai World Expo

08:32, March 02, 2010      

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Macao is keen to share its experience of restoration and re-use of historic buildings through its Urban Best Practice Area showcase at the upcoming Shanghai World Expo, the head of Macao's preparation office for the Expo said on Saturday.

The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) will devote a large part of its Expo exhibition areas to displaying its successful experience in rejuvenating local old buildings of historic importance while demonstrating the SAR's effort to promote the cultural industry, said Ieong Pou Yee, director of Macao's Preparation Office for the World Expo Shanghai.

She made the remark at the launching ceremony of a World Expo- related activities here on Saturday.

Aside from building the "Jade Rabbit" Macao Pavilion, the SAR will also present the Tak Seng On Pawnshop as Macao's Urban Best Practice Area showcase at the Expo.

Built in 1917 and being the largest local pawnshop in the first half of the 20th century, the pawnshop has been restored by the SAR government and turned into a museum. The Tak Seng On project was even awarded by the UNESCO for its successful example of restoration, management and operation of cultural sites.

Macao's Urban Best Practice Area showcase is a mock-up of the Tak Seng On Pawnshop, which will house different exhibition areas, including Macao's pawnshop industry development in the past, local martial art and a theme area of renowned Chinese martial arts novelist Jin Yong.

Ieong said that the construction of the facades of the Pavilion and the Tak Seng On Pawnshop showcase have been completed and the two projects internal renovations have been carried out. She also said that the pawnshop project was expected to be the first showcase completed within the Urban Best Practice Area.

Source: Xinhua
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