Macau Today

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 November, 2009, 12:00am

When anniversaries of great significance come along it's all too easy to be swept up in cliche and nostalgia about the mammoth changes we've witnessed. But perhaps those whose fondness for Macau has blossomed over the years can be allowed a little indulgence as the 10th anniversary of the handover to China approaches.

There's plenty to be proud of as the people of Macau look back at how the liberalisation of the gaming laws transformed the skyline forever. Yet there exists a realisation that what is so loved about yesteryear should be preserved. Thankfully, officials and local people are recognising this and steps are being taken to conserve the heritage that makes Macau so unique. Reflecting the physical aspects of that heritage are the photographs of Macau-based Carmo Correia, which are used extensively in this edition of Macau Today. The images are from Correia's latest book Macau: Colours of Culture, which is due to be released on December 16 and will be accompanied by an exhibition sponsored by Malo Spa and the Macau Cultural Institute.

Many will be assured that arts and culture have not been ignored by the government and, with Unesco world heritage status for the enclave's historic centre, this is as much a showcase to the region as our casinos. Here's to the next 10 years!