Message of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government and Chairman of the Application of Macao, China for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Committee, Dr. Alexis Tam

We are more than happy to celebrate with all of you for the designation of Macao, China as a new member city of UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of Gastronomy.

On behalf of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government as well as the Application of Macao, China for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Committee, I am glad to share with you the good news...

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Message of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government and Chairman of the Application of Macao, China for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Committee, Dr. Alexis Tam

We are more than happy to celebrate with all of you for the designation of Macao, China as a new member city of UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of Gastronomy.

On behalf of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government as well as the Application of Macao, China for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Committee, I am glad to share with you the good news that Macao is designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. We are strongly confident that becoming a member of the network will open new horizons for Macao to develop as a diverse, unique and sustainable city.

Macao becoming a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy is set to offer contribution to the city that goes beyond gastronomy and tourism, as it will bring in new models of development that recognize creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development, which we are willing to take advantage of in partnership with other cities and local partners.

This great opportunity to join the network would not be possible without the strong support from the Central Government that endorsed our application right from the beginning, for what we are sincerely grateful. We are also very thankful that local tourism stakeholders united to work to prepare the application and to all the guidance and support Macao received from other creative cities and entities during the preparation process.

Gastronomy has all along been a distinctive element of our culture of over 400 years of east-meets-west exchanges and we will devote our utmost efforts to bring our unique elements to contribute to the enrichment of the network. Macao cherishes this new title as a Creative City of Gastronomy and will make good use of it to help transform the city into a world centre of tourism and leisure.

 

澳門特別行政區政府社會文化司司長兼中國澳門申報聯合國教科文組織創意城市網絡工作委員會主席
譚俊榮博士獻辭

中國澳門正式獲評定為聯合國教科文組織創意城市網絡(UCCN)美食範疇的新成員城市,我們很高興與各位慶祝澳門獲得這項美譽。

本人謹代表澳門特別行政區政府社會文化司以及中國澳門申報聯合國教科文組織創意城市網絡工作委員會,與大家分享澳門成功加入聯合國教科文組織創意城市網絡,成為美食之都的喜訊。我們深信,這項新美譽將為澳門開拓嶄新的視野和景象,帶動澳門邁進發展,成為精彩多元、富有特色且可持續的活力城市。

成為聯合國教科文組織-創意城市美食之都對澳門有莫大裨益,其意義超越美食和旅遊領域的層面。申都成功將啟發澳門開創新的發展模式,以創意作為策略元素推動城市的可持續發展。我們期待與不同的創意城市及本地伙伴攜手合作,把握箇中良機。

澳門是次成功加入創意城市網絡,有賴中央政府自申報工作開始以來給予澳門的勉勵支持,我們謹此向國家致以衷心感激。我們亦十分感謝本地旅遊業持份者為申報的準備工作齊心協力,並且感激各創意城市及單位在我們申報的過程中予以指導及支持。

四百多年以來,美食一直是澳門中西文化交融的特色元素之一。我們將竭盡所能,貢獻富本地色彩的獨特元素,豐富城市網絡的文化薈萃。我們珍視創意城市美食之都這項新的美譽,並將善用機遇,竭力建設澳門成為世界旅遊休閒中心。

 

Mensagem do Secretário para os Assuntos Sociais e Cultura do Governo da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau e Presidente da Comissão de Trabalho para a Candidatura de Macau, China à Rede de Cidades Criativas da UNESCO, Doutor Alexis Tam

É com grande alegria que celebramos a designação de Macau, China como nova cidade membro da Rede de Cidades Criativas da UNESCO na área da Gastronomia.

Em nome da Secretaria para os Assuntos Sociais e Cultura do Governo da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau, e da Comissão de Trabalho para a Candidatura de Macau, China à Rede de Cidades Criativas da UNESCO, partilho com enorme satisfação a notícia da designação de Macau como Cidade Criativa da UNESCO em Gastronomia. É nossa profunda convicção de que a adesão à rede abrirá novos horizontes para desenvolver Macau como uma cidade diversificada, única e sustentável.

Macau tornar-se numa Cidade Criativa da UNESCO em Gastronomia é um contributo para a cidade que vai para além da gastronomia e do turismo, uma vez que trará novos modelos de desenvolvimento que reconhecem a criatividade como um factor estratégico de desenvolvimento sustentável, dos quais pretendemos tirar partido, aliados a outras cidades e parceiros locais.

Esta significativa oportunidade de aderir à rede não teria sido possível sem o forte apoio do Governo Central que desde o primeiro momento apoiou a candidatura, pelo que estamos profundamente gratos. Estamos também agradecidos aos membros da indústria turística por se terem unido para trabalhar em torno da candidatura e por toda a orientação e apoio que Macau recebeu das outras cidades criativas e entidades durante o processo de preparação.

A gastronomia tem sido desde sempre um elemento de distinção da nossa cultura de mais de 400 anos de cruzamento entre o oriente e o ocidente e iremos fazer todo o esforço para contribuir para o enriquecimento da rede com as nossas características únicas. Macau irá valorizar a nova designação como Cidade Criativa de Gastronomia e fazer bom uso da mesma para ajudar a transformar a cidade num centro mundial de turismo e lazer.

About
Macao
關於澳門 关于澳门 Sobre
Macau
History 歷史 历史 História

Fishermen from Fujian and farmers from Guangdong were the first known settlers in Macao, when it was known as Ou Mun, or “trading gate”, because of its location at the mouth of the Pearl River downstream from Guangzhou (Canton). During ancient times port city was part of the Silk Road with ships loading here with silk for Rome.

Even after China ceased to be a world trade centre, Guangzhou prospered from seaborne business with the countries of Southeast Asia, so the local entrepreneurs welcomed the arrival of Portuguese merchant-explorers. They followed in the wake of Jorge Alvares, who landed in southern China in 1513, and set about finding suitable trading posts.

In the early 1550s the Portuguese reached Ou Mun, which the locals also called A Ma Gao, “place of A Ma”, in honor of the Goddess of Seafarers, whose temple stood at the entrance to the sheltered Inner Harbor. The Portuguese adopted the name, which gradually changes into the name Macao, and with the permission of Guangdong’s mandarins, established a city that within a short time had become a major entrepot for trade between China, Japan, India and Europe.

It also became the perfect crossroad for the meeting of East and West cultures. The Roman Catholic church sent some of its greatest missionaries to continue the work of St Francis Xavier, (who died nearby after making many converts in Japan). A Christian college was built, beside what is now today’s Ruins of St Paul’s, where students such as Matteo Ricci prepared for their work as Christian scholars at the Imperial Court in Beijing. Other churches were built, as well as fortresses, which gave the city an historical European appearance that distinguishes it to this day.

Portugal’s golden age in Asia faded as rivals like the Dutch and British took over their trade. However the Chinese chose to continue to do business through the Portuguese in Macao, so for over a century the British East India Company and others set up shop here in rented houses like the elegant Casa Garden. As Europe’s trade with China grew, the European merchants spent part of the year in Guangzhou, buying tea and Chinese luxuries at the bi-annual fairs, using Macao as a recreational retreat.

Following the Opium War in 1841, Hong Kong was established by Britain and most of the foreign merchants left Macao, which became a quaint, quiet backwater. Nevertheless it has continued to enjoy a leisurely multicultural existence and make daily, practical use of its historical buildings, in the process becoming a favorite stopover for international travelers, writers and artists.

Macao has developed in the past industries such as textiles, electronics and toys, while today has built up world class tourism industry with a wide choice of hotels, resorts, MICE facilities, restaurants and casinos.

Today Macao is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and, like Hong Kong, benefits from the principle of “one country, two systems”. The tiny SAR is growing in size - with more buildings on reclaimed land - and in the number and diversity of its attractions. The greatest of these continues to be Macao’s unique society, with communities from the East and West complementing each other, and the many people who come to visit.

General
Information
一般資料 一般资料 Informações
gerais

Population

Macao’s total population is estimated at around 648,400. Over 90% of Macao residents are ethnic Chinese. The remaining includes Portuguese, Southeast Asian and other nationalities.

Area

The Macao Special Administrative Region has an area of 30.5 km2, comprised of the Macao Peninsula (9.3 km2 and connected to Mainland China), Taipa (7.6 km2) and Coloane (7.6 km2) and the reclaimed area COTAI (6.0 km2). Three bridges connect Macao to Taipa (one of them is 2.5 km long, the other one is 4.5 km long and the third one is 2.2 km long).

Besides the Border Gate (Portas do Cerco) - the visitor can access Mainland China through the COTAI Frontier Post. Immigration and Customs is located in the reclaimed area between Taipa and Coloane.

Time

Macao is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Climate

Macao is situated in a subtropical zone, with the Asian continent to the north and a wide tropical sea to the south. In winter, Macao experiences northerly winds, cold and dry weather and low rainfall, due to a cold continental high-pressure system at medium and high latitudes. In summer, Macao is mainly subject to south-westerly winds, hot and wet weather and heavy rainfall, due to the influence of oceanic tropical weather systems. The reverse of wind directions in winter and summer, together with minimal temperature variations during the day, give Macao a marine monsoon climate.

Macao has an average annual temperature of 22.6 °C. The coolest month is January, when it averages 15.1 °C. Most years, Macao has a short cold weather period when temperatures fall below 5 °C. The average monthly temperature exceeds 22 °C during seven months of the year, indicating that Macao has a short winter but a long summer.

Macao is frequently hit by typhoons. The typhoon season starts in May and ends in September, with July and August as its peak period.

Languages

Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, Cantonese being most widely spoken. The official languages are used in government departments in all official documents and communications. English is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.

Political System

Macao became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 20 December 1999. Its constitutional document, the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR), also came into force on the same day.

The Basic Law stipulates the system to be practiced in Macao, and lays down the political and administrative framework of the MSAR for 50 years from 1999.

The systems and policies of the MSAR – including its social and economic systems; safeguards for the fundamental rights and freedoms of its residents; the executive, legislature and judiciary; and Government policies – are all based on the provisions of the Basic Law.

Under the Basic Law, the MSAR is entitled to a high degree of autonomy in all areas except defense and foreign affairs. It enjoys executive autonomy, legislative autonomy, an independent judiciary and the right to final adjudication. The MSAR maintains the status of free port and independent tariff region. It also maintains the free flow of capital and the freedom of operations of financial institutions. It may, under the name “Macao, China”, independently maintain, develop relations with and sign agreements with various countries, regions and international organizations in fields such as the economy, trade, finance, transportation, communications, tourism, culture and sports.

The Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region is the executive authority of the MSAR. The Chief Executive is the head of the Government, and general secretariats, directorates of services, departments and divisions are established in the MSAR Government.

Economy

Though a small economy, Macao pursues an open economic policy. It boasts one of the lowest tax regimes in the Asia Pacific region and sound financial stability. As a free port and a separate tariff zone, which has no foreign exchange controls, Macao is an active player in the regional economy and a vital link between the mainland Chinese and global markets.

Since the founding of the Macao Special Administrative Region, the economy has maintained rapid growth thanks to the development of the gaming industry. In 2016 Macao’s economy continued to undergo adjustment and consolidation. In the year its GDP stood at358.2 billion patacas, a decrease of 2.1 percent in real terms. The economic contraction was smaller compared with the previous year, with a negative growth rate of 9.7 percent in the first half of 2016 and a positive growth rate of 5.7 percent in the latter half of the year. The job market remained good and the financial system remained stable.

According to preliminary data from the Monetary Authority of Macao, the city’s fiscal reserves were 438.7 billion patacas as of the end of 2016, a year-on-year increase of 27 percent, while its foreign reserves stood at 155.7 billion patacas.

As of the first quarter of 2017, Macao’s fiscal reserves and foreign reserves were estimated to be 472.36 billion and 155.1 billion patacas, respectively.

According to the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom released by the US-based Heritage Foundation, Macao’s ranking moved up from the 9th place to the 8th place in the Asia Pacific region, and was ranked 32ndamong 180global economies. It has been in the ranks of the “mostly free” economies for nine consecutive years.

The MSAR Government continued to leverage on Macao’s unique advantage in 2016 to press ahead with regional cooperation. Macao’s cooperation framework with three major economic circles, namely the Pearl River Delta, the Yangtze River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolis, has been completed, thereby raising Macao’s overall competitiveness. The Government also laid down and implemented the Five-Year Development Plan of the Macao Special Administrative Region (2016-2020) for the first time, to tie in with the nation’s 13th five-year plan, participate in and support the “Belt and Road” initiative as well as develop a business cooperation platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

External Relations

As a non-sovereign special administrative region, Macao enjoys wide-ranging and close relationships with most countries and regions around the world. According to the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Macao may develop bilateral relations with other countries or regions, and participate in international organisations and multinational treaties on its own under the name ‘Macao, China’ in the areas of commerce, trade, finance, aviation, communication, tourism, culture, technology and sport.

Labor and Employment

In 2016 despite the economic adjustment, the job market was unaffected, with a low unemployment rate of 1.9 percent.

The median monthly salary of the employed population was 15,000 patacas. The median monthly salary of local workers stood at 18,000 patacas, the same as that in 2015. As at the end of December 2016, the number of foreign employees imported to ease local labour shortage stood at 177,638, a decrease of2.2percent compared with the figure in 2015.

The unemployment level during the first quarter of 2017 was 2.0 percent and underemployment rate was 0.5percent. The labour participation rate was 71 percent; 76.2 percent was male and 66.5 percent was female. The total labour force was 387,500; of which 7,900 was unemployed. The total employed population was 379,500.

Historic City of Macao

Comprising over 20 ancient monuments and urban squares interwoven in the heart of the city, the historic district is collectively known as “The Historic Centre of Macao” and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005. It stands today as a living testimony to the integration and co-existence of eastern and western cultures over a unique chapter in history. Leisurely explore the Historic Centre of Macao, one will discover various magnificent heritages and unveil their wonderful stories!

For more information on each of the monuments, please browse Macao Government Tourism Office website.

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Macao, a city known for its Chinese and Western cultural coexistence and have been developing in this place for more than four centuries, nurturing the unique cultural landscape of Macao and its own precious intangible cultural heritage.

‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ is refer to the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills as well as the related instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces that are considered component parts of cultural heritage by communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals. Intangible cultural heritage, which includes oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

Currently Macao features 15 items of intangible cultural heritage, including namely Yueju Opera (Cantonese Opera), Herbal Tea Brewing, Woodwork – Religious Figure Carving, Taoist Ritual Music, Cantonese Naamyam (Narrative Songs), Festival of the Drunken Dragon, Belief and Customs of A-Ma, Belief and Customs of Na Tcha, Macanese Gastronomy, Patuá Theatre, Belief and Customs of Tou Tei, Belief and Customs of Chu Tai Sin, the Craft of Bamboo Scaffolding, Procession of the Passion of Our Lord the God Jesus and the Procession of Our Lady of Fatima.

For more information, please visit the Macao Cultural Heritage website.

Source: Macao Yearbook 2017

人口

澳門人口約有648,400 人,其中大部份居民住在澳門半島,兩個離島人口較少。澳門居民以華人為主,佔總人口九成以上,其餘為葡籍、菲律賓籍以及其他國籍人士。

面積

澳門由澳門半島、氹仔和路環組成。總面積共30.5 平方公里,其中澳門半島9.3平方公里、氹仔7.6平方公里、路環7.6平方公里、路氹填海區6.0平方公里。澳門半島與氹仔之間由三條分別長2.5公里、4.5公里及2.2公里的澳氹大橋連接;氹仔和路環之間也有一條約2.2公里的路氹連貫公路相連。

經澳門半島最北面的關閘可到達中國的珠海市和中山市;經位於路氹城的蓮花大橋可到達珠海的橫琴島。

時間

澳門的時間比格林威治標準時間早八小時。

氣候

澳門全年氣候溫和,平均氣溫約23ºC (73ºF),溫差變化在20ºC (68ºF)和26ºC (79ºF)之間;濕度較高,年均達79%;全年平均降雨量約2,058毫米。每年的五月至九月是澳門的雨季,當氣象局預測在未來兩小時內,澳門的降雨量將達到約50毫米時,會發出暴雨警告信號。

十月至十二月是澳門的秋季,氣候溫和,濕度低,是理想的旅遊季節。一月至三月為冬季,氣温雖較寒冷,但陽光普照;踏入四月,溫度逐漸上升;五月至九月,天氣炎熱,有時有颱風。

語言

中文和葡文是現行官方語言。居民日常溝通普遍使用廣州話,但許多居民也能聽懂普通話(國語)。英語在澳門也很通行,可在很多場合應用。

政治體制

1999年12月20日起,澳門成為中華人民共和國的特別行政區,澳門特區的憲制文件《澳門特別行政區基本法》同時開始實施。

《澳門特別行政區基本法》不但規定澳門特區實行的制度,也訂明1999年後50年內的管治框架。

澳門特區的制度和政策,包括社會制度,經濟制度,保障居民的基本權利和自由的制度,行政管理、立法和司法方面的制度,以及有關政策,均以《澳門特別行政區基本法》的規定為依據。

但高度自治不等於完全自治,為維護國家的統一,維護國家主權和領土完整,中央政府保留了必要的權限。例如,與澳門特區有關的外交事務和防務,由中央人民政府負責管理。

澳門特別行政區政府是澳門的行政機關。政府的首長是行政長官。澳門特別行政區政府設司、局、廳、處。

經濟概況

澳門經濟規模不大,但外向度高,是區內稅率最低的地區之一,財政金融穩健,無外匯管制,具有自由港及獨立關稅區地位,是亞太區內極具經濟活力的一員,也是連接內地和國際市場的重要窗口和橋樑。

澳門特別行政區成立以來,在旅遊博彩業的帶動下,經濟保持了較快的增長速度。2016年,澳門經濟仍處於調整階段。全年本地生產總值為3,582億元,實質收縮2.1%,跌幅較前一年明顯收窄;上半年經濟倒退9.7%,下半年則止跌回升,增幅為5.7%,就業情況仍然理想,財政金融保持穩健。

金融管理局的資料顯示,至2016年底,財政儲備資產總值初步統計為4,387億澳門元,較2015年同期增長27%;而外匯儲備為1,557億澳門元。

截至2017年首季,財政儲備資產總額為4,723.6億澳門元,外匯儲備為1,551億澳門元。

美國傳統基金發佈的2017年度「全球經濟自由度指數」報告中,連續九年評價澳門為「較自由」的經濟體,在全球180個經濟體中排名32位;亞太地區43個經濟體中排名由第9名升至第8名。當中,澳門排名較高的指標包括財政穩健、政府開支水平、貿易自由度、投資自由度、稅務負擔、貨幣自由度及金融自由度等。

2016年,特區政府繼續發揮澳門獨特優勢,積極拓展區域合作,基本搭建了與珠三角、長三角、京津冀三大經濟圈的合作框架,提升澳門的綜合競爭力。特區政府亦首次編制並實施《澳門特區五年發展規劃(2016-2020年)》,對接國家「十三‧五」規劃、參與和助力「一帶一路」建設、打造中葡合作商貿平台。

對外關係

澳門特別行政區是一個非主權實體,與世界各國、各地區建立廣泛和密切的關係。根據《澳門特別行政區基本法》的規定,澳門可在經濟、貿易、金融、航運、通訊、旅遊、文化、科技、體育等適當領域以「中國澳門」的名義,單獨地與世界各國、各地區及有關國際組織保持和發展關係,簽訂和履行有關協議。

就業

2016年澳門經濟仍處於調整階段,但就業市場未受影響,失業率處於1.9%的極低水平。

就業人口每月工作收入中位數錄得15,000澳門元,本地居民為18,000元,維持 2015年水平。而為補充本地緊絀的人力資源供應,截至 2016年12月底,輸入的外地僱員數目為 177,638人,較201 5年同期減少 2.2 %。

2017年第一季,澳門失業率為2.0%;就業不足率為0.5%。勞動力參與率為71%,其中男性76.2%,女性66.5%;勞動人口達38.75萬人。失業口為7,900人,就業口共37.95萬人 。

澳門世界遺產

澳門歷史城區是一片以澳門舊城區為核心的歷史街區,包括20多座歷史建築,並由相鄰的廣場和街道連接而成,於2005年獲列入世界文化遺產名錄。澳門歷史城區保留至今,見證了400多年來東西文化在澳門融合,和諧共存。悠閒漫步澳門歷史城區,你會發現多處精彩的世遺古跡,並了解這些建築和廣場蘊藏的豐富歷史。

詳細資料請瀏覽澳門特別行政區政府旅遊局網頁。

非物質文化遺產

澳門作為文化共融之地,不同的民風習俗異彩紛呈。四百多年來東西文化在這裡紮根滋長,造就了澳門特有文化景觀的同時,也形成了澳門珍貴的“非物質文化遺產”。

“非物質文化遺產”是指被社群、群體及在特定情況下被個人視為文化遺產組成部分的各種實踐、觀念表述、表現形式、知識、技能以及相關的工具、物件、手工藝品及文化空間;有關文化遺產世代相傳,被社群、群體因應周圍環境、與自然的互動及其歷史不斷地再創造,為社群、群體及個人孕育認同感和持續感。其範圍包括:傳統及口頭表現形式;藝術表現形式及屬表演性質的項目;社會實踐、宗教實踐、禮儀及節慶;有關對自然界及宇宙的認知、實踐,以及傳統手工藝技能。

現時,列入澳門非物質文化遺產清單的項目共有15個,包括粵劇、涼茶配製、木雕-神像雕刻、道教科儀音樂、南音說唱、魚行醉龍節、媽祖信俗、哪吒信俗、土生葡人美食烹飪技藝、土生土語話劇、土地信俗、朱大仙信俗、搭棚工藝、苦難善耶穌聖像出遊和花地瑪聖母聖像出遊。

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資料來源:澳門年鑑2017

Culture 文化 文化 Cultura
Facilities 設施 设施 Facilidades

Anim’Arte NAM VAN

Anim’Arte NAM VAN is a newly developed open space with a distinct character combining creativity, leisure and dining. The project aims to provide residents and tourists with diverse experience, thereby enhancing Macao’s cultural and creativity offerings.

Nestled on the pristine Nam Van Lake waterfront along the Praia Grande promenade, the space is one of the city’s most recently established family attractions featuring arts pavilion, indoor crafts and book market, cultural and creative shops, IFT Café, weekend craft market, graffiti display area and much more. Water bicycling translates into fun on the lake along with myriad weekend activities, while a smorgasbord of performances lend a great creative buzz to this increasingly popular chill zone.

This facility is jointly managed by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Sports Bureau, the Macao Government Tourism Office and Institute for Tourism Studies.

Macao Tea Culture House

The Macao Tea Culture House building was originally part of the present Lou Lim Ioc Garden. The building was later re-designed by renowned architect Carlos Alberto dos Santos Marreiros, based on the original western-style architecture. The building is in strong Portuguese style, but decorated with a Chinese tile roof, highlighting the east-meets-west character of Macao. The building itself is a piece of cultural art featuring European style and matches up oriental interior decoration. The Chinese horticulture in Lou Lim Ioc Garden together with the Macao Tea Culture House help to illustrate the historical role of Macao as a melting pot of Chinese and western cultures.

This cultural facility managed by the Cultural Affairs Bureau stages a variety of long and short-term exhibitions to demonstrate Macao’s tea culture and provide insight into Chinese and Western tea anecdote, as well as promote the tea knowledge worldwide and enhance the study of tea culture to the public and visitors alike.

Wine Museum

This 1,400 square-metre space is divided into historical, wine cellar and exhibitions areas, using maps, texts, photos, tiles and videos, among other things to relate the history of wine. The aim of each section is not only to provide information regarding wine and grapevines, but also to recreate the atmosphere of the production of wine, showing visitors modern and traditional tools connected to wine production.

One of the main targets of this museum is to bring visitors into contact with the social, economical and cultural importance of wine in Portuguese culture, traditions, daily life and celebratory rituals.

This cultural space houses around 1,143 different wine brands and in exposition (1,115 Portuguese and 28 Chinese). From the 1,115 Portuguese wine brands, there are 756 commercial wines and 359 special collection wines, and one of its most vintage Port wine dates back to 1815. The wine selection covers the different regions in Portugal and also presents examples of wine production in the People’s Republic of China. All varieties are accompanied by a short explanation.

The Wine Museum will be temporarily closed from July 2017 and be relocated to other area of Macao.

Portuguese-Speaking Countries Food Products Exhibition Centre

This Centre is organized by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), exhibiting over 1000 food products from the Portuguese-speaking countries, which provides product information, supports business to customer and business to business transactions. It is welcomed by many businessmen and trade agencies to participate as exhibitors showing food represented or supplied originated from Portuguese-speaking countries and enhance awareness of cuisine of relevant countries, including a variety of wines, canned foods, processed foods, spices, coffee, tea, milk, juices and other food products especially selected from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and East Timor. It is a physical establishment reflecting Macao’s role as a “service platform for trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries” and provides residents, retailers and tourists with a facility where food and drink products from those countries can be found, allowing commercial establishments from China and the Portuguese-speaking countries to explore new business opportunities.

Cunha Bazaar

This four-storey shop at the corner of Taipa Village’s Rua do Cunha pedestrian walkway is a facility that combines gastronomy and arts. One can find traditional pastry like almond cakes and egg rolls as well as merchandise designed by local designers under one roof. The first floor is dedicated to goods bearing the image of a grumpy cartoon panda character who likes things typical in Macao. You may find the panda enjoying a scrumptious Portuguese egg tart or watching a trilling lap of the Macao Grand Prix in every corner of the floor. The remaining two floors are dedicated to leather goods, ceramics, clothing, stationery and much more by local designers.

Rua do Cunha

A relatively small pedestrian street of just five metres wide and stretching for about 115 metres long, fill with charming and colorful European architecture and pack with dozens of pastry and snacks shops, retail outlets and eateries.

The street is lined with street-side bakers making either freshly baked egg rolls or juicy meat jerky roasted to perfection. The aroma is simply irresistible. It is a common sight to see locals and visitors alike queuing at shops waiting for pastry fresh out of the oven. And for the eccentric type, one can give the rich durian ice cream a try that brings together the sweetness of the Southeast Asian king of fruits and the all-time favourite western dessert to create a new product. A few eateries can also be found along the way, offering Chinese, Macanese and Portuguese cuisines at your choice. For lighter meals, local home-style coffee shops as well as International chain coffeehouse are also available.

Rua do Cunha is quintessential of Macao, it is a unity of many cultural elements, some new and some nostalgic but somehow everything coexist in harmony.

Rotunda de Carlos da Maia

This lively district is known for its migrant community spirit, winding alleys and hubbub of activity. This area is truly a melting pot of cultures, encompasses a series of streets full of vendors and street food from different Southeast Asian ethic groups and it is a favorite place for locals to shop for food, groceries and daily household items.

Round the year, the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia outdoor plaza is the home of different cultural festivities. The most significant is the Myanmar Overseas Chinese Water Festival which celebrates the Myanmar New Year with blessed rice distribution, blessings parade, Myanmar and Southeast Asian Food Carnival, folk dance show and the fun-filled, water-splashing Water Festival Carnival.

Ruins of St. Paul’s area

The Ruins of St. Paul’s is Macao’s most iconic landmark. The streets surrounding the monument are equally special, winding through the town’s oldest commercial and residential area. The area overflows with aromas of delicious street foods and freshly baked pastries and houses numerous shops offering edible souvenirs, antique, electronics and souvenirs.

Among the array of foodstuff that can be found in this area, egg tarts, almond cookies, meat jerky, pork chop buns, black pepper pancakes are a few of the favorites snacks among locals and visitors.

Rua da Felicidade

Once the city’s main red-light district, the traditional red louvre shutters of this colourful street - literally named as ‘Street of Happiness’ - is a magnate for shoppers in search of the authentic and exotic, even serving as a striking backdrop for the blockbuster movies ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ and “Now You See Me 2” as well as other films. It is also an ideal spot to savour authentic local delicacies, of which there are many. Stroll through the lanes of the old district by using the services of a guide and find out all about the area’s traditional industries and cultural transitions.

Wet Markets

Strolling through local wet markets is the best way to get connected culturally through food and the fresh local produce.

Entering the Red Market, which is inscribed in the Macao Cultural Heritage List as a building with architectural value and is a testimony to the city’s historical vicissitudes, has an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, poultries and fishes. There are also plenty of shops that sell assorted dried beans and fresh nuts in raw form. Also there are dried and preserved versions of tasty creatures of the sea too, from squid to octopus and of course the well-known dried fish. Wander off further to the Inner Harbour where the Patane Market is located, fishermen are seen off-loading their freshest catch early each morning. Early birds often get their hands on the best seafood here in this seafood market. S. Domingos Market and Iao Hong Market are similar type of wet markets, but what is unique about them is they not only carries fresh produced but also there is an entire floor of the market dedicate in selling cooked food where locals and visitors can enjoy ready-made local foods at a very affordable price.

Festivities 節慶活動 节庆活动 Festivais

Feast of Drunken Dragon

The Feast of the Drunken Dragon is a unique traditional festive event of the Macao Fresh Fish Traders, in which ‘longevity rice’ is gifted to the public and tourists at the square in front of Red Market, Iao Hon Market and in front of Sam Kai Vui Kun, to share blessings and happiness with everyone. The Drunken Dragon Parade starts at Senado Square, with floats traversing the environs of Hong Kung Temple, Red Market, Iao Hon Market, A-Ma Temple, Rua da Felicidade, and so forth, before returning to Senado Square. The unique Drunken Dragon dance which is also an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Macao is performed during the Parade. The performers dance with a wooden dragon stung with incenses as a ritual of blessing while the red-faced dancers, with drunken steps, spray liquor to the sky from time to time, but they can still dance gracefully.

Myanmar Overseas Chinese Water Festival

The Myanmar Overseas Chinese Water Festival organized by the Macau Association of Mutual Help of Myanmar Overseas Chinese features a photography exhibition, blessed rice distribution, parade, blessings parade, Myanmar and Southeast Asian Food Carnival, folk dance show and the fun-filled, water-splashing Water Festival Carnival, which celebrates the Myanmar New Year.

The popular Myanmar and Southeast Asian Food Carnival and Folk Dance Show take their place at the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia plaza and surrounding streets. These events are difficult to miss as the plaza and streets leading up to it are filled with cultural booths selling Southeast Asian delicacies savored by locals, migrants and visitors.

São João Festival

The São João Festival is a Portuguese catholic celebration in honor of St. John the Baptist for his heroic actions.

Today, it has become a cultural celebration welcome by people of different backgrounds and all walks of life. This annual 2-day event at the St Lazarus neighborhood with traditional delicacies and drinks are available from various booths set up around the neighborhood’s main street. Grilled sardines are one of the festival’s most popular dishes. Local bands also perform during the event alongside with booths selling hand-crafted jewelry and decorative items made by the local communities.

This festivity here in Macao is jointly organized by five local groups, namely the Macanese Association, House of Portugal (Casa de Portugal), Pensioners’ Association (APOMAC), Association for Macanese Education, the International Institute of Macau, and the Portuguese School of Macau. The Macau Foundation and the Tourist Office are also sponsoring the event.

Latin America Culture Festival

Organized by the Macao Association for the Promotion of Exchange between Asia-Pacific and Latin America (MAPEAL), the purpose of the Latin America Culture Festival is to bring cultures of Latin America closer to Macao. The Festival has three main components, namely the Latin America Gourmet Food Festival, the Latin American Film Festival and the Latin American Book Exhibition. All is done with the support of local government departments and the Group of Latin American Consulates General in Hong Kong and Macao. The 3-week cultural festival takes place annually, with the collaboration of other entities to create a cordial atmosphere for local residents, business people and visitors personal interaction with cuisines, films and books of Latin America.

Cuisines 澳門美食 澳门美食 Gastronomia
Macanese
Cuisine
澳門
土生菜
澳门
土生菜
Comida
Macaense

Macanese cuisine is cooked with many ingredients that recall the unique history of Macao and its Portuguese maritime culture. During the 16th and 17th Century, Portugal energetically established a sea route to the East, paving the way for merchants engaged in the spice trade in Africa, India and the coast of Malacca, bringing exotic spices and food cultures to Macao. In addition, many Portuguese married local Chinese in Macao and inhabitants from the above-mentioned regions. Thus, different foreign and Chinese ingredients and cooking styles were gradually incorporated into traditional Portuguese dishes cooked by Macanese families over the past centuries.

Based on Portuguese cuisine, these spices and ingredients from Africa, Southeast Asia and India - including curry, coconut milk, cloves and cinnamon - are combined using Chinese culinary skills in a wonderful potpourri of tastes and aromas, giving birth to the uniquely delicious Macanese cuisine of today. Signature dishes most famously include “Galinha à Africana” (African chicken) and Macanese Chilli Shrimps. Macanese Gastronomy was inscribed on the Macao Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2012.

For the list of the Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme’s Star Merchant List, please click here.

Chinese
Cuisine
中國菜 中国菜 Comida
Chinesa

Macao features a wide variety of food from most Mainland provinces. Peking duck is the highlight of Peking cuisine, while steamed buns with minced pork filling, wontons and freshwater hairy crabs are renowned Shanghainese dishes. Lovers of spicy food can also enjoy signature Sichuan soups and hotpots in Macao.

When it comes to ‘Yum Cha’ (literally ‘drink tea’) devotees are spoilt for choice, with many hotels and restaurants in Macao serving a cornucopia of ‘Dim Sum’ specialties such as ‘Har Gau’ (steamed dumplings stuffed with shrimp), ‘Shiu Mai’ (steamed dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp) and Tsun Guen (Fried rolls of shrimp and vegetables). Other famous Guangdong dishes include roasted meats, seafood and other delicate dishes. ‘Dim Sum’ is commonly accompanied by tea, particularly jasmine (‘Heong pin cha’) or red tea (‘Pou lei’).

For the list of the Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme’s Star Merchant List, please click here.

International
Cuisines &
Others
國際美食及
其他
国际美食及
其他
Comida
Internacionais
e outras

Macao is an excellent choice for sampling international cuisine. Major hotels and upscale malls offer a diverse array of cuisines, often featuring buffets, food court, Michelin star restaurants, and international dishes prepared by world-class chefs.

Macao offers Japanese cuisine, Korean barbecue, and specialties from the United States, France, Italy, India as well as from Southeast Asia. The Rua de Abreu Nunes – also known as ‘Thailand Street’ – houses many Thai restaurants. Curry, boiled fish, and Tom Yum Goong soup are just some of Thailand’s tantalizing cuisine choices on offer here. The Rotunda de Carlos da Maia (Three Lamps District) has become a magnet for a number of overseas Chinese from Myanmar over the years, who have brought the secrets of Myanmar cuisine to Macao with them, while Rua do Cunha in Taipa and Senado Square on the Macao Peninsula also enjoy a ‘Food Street’ reputation. Visitors can easily find a diversity of restaurants and eateries in streets and squares throughout this cosmopolitan city.

Some ‘must-try’ items are found in street stalls, with Pastéis de Nata (Portuguese egg tarts) and ‘pork chop buns’ established favorites of Hong Kong and Taiwanese visitors.

Rua de S. Paulo, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (popularly-known as ‘San Ma Lo’), Rua da Felicidade, Travessa do Auto Novo near Senado Square and Rua do Cunha in Taipa Village are the places to find local snacks, packed with shops selling Macao delicacies like almond cookies, egg rolls, peanut candies, roasted sliced meat and many other local specialties. Some of the snacks are cooked right in front of you – and all make excellent gifts for your nearest and dearest.

For the list of the Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme’s Star Merchant List, please click here.

Education 教育 教育 Educação
Formal
Education
正規教育 正规教育 Educação
Formal

Institute for Tourism Studies

The Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), established in 1995, is a public institution of higher education in Macao which offers degree and professional programmes in a wide range of tourism-related disciplines such as hospitality, tourism business, heritage, events, retail and marketing, leisure and entertainment, sports and recreation, creative and cultural studies, and culinary arts. IFT also partners with 101 leading education institutions and tourism organizations from 30 countries and cities to deliver various programmes. It is an active member of UNWTO, IATA, PATA, APETIT, APTA, ATLAS, and Asian Academy for Heritage Management.

IFT ranks 2nd in Asia and 18th in the world on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for Hospitality and Leisure Management. It is the first institute in Macao to receive UNWTO TedQual certification. Currently, the Institute has the most number of bachelor degree programmes (8) certified in Macao under the System of any tertiary education establishment worldwide.

In 2002, IFT received the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award in “Education and Training”, for having set up the “Macao Occupational Skills Recognition System” (MORS) for the local tourism and hospitality industry in collaboration with the European Union (EU).

For more information of Institute of Tourism Studies’ programmes, please click here.

Macau University of Science and Technology Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Founded in 2000, the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) is a private university which offers multi-disciplinary degrees and programmes at doctoral, master and bachelor levels in Macao.

The Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management (FHTM), formerly known as Faculty of International Tourism, was established in 2003 by MUST. FHTM delivers a wide range of courses including hotel management, MICE management, gaming business management, cultural tourism management, e-tourism, service quality and retail management. It is an active member of leading professional organizations such as, UNWTO, PATA, APETIT and ATLAS. TedQual certification has been awarded by the World Tourism Organization to FHTM since 2007. FHTM has also received the Top 10 Hotel & Tourism Educational Institutions Award in 2008 and 2009.

For more information of the Macau University of Science and Technology’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management, please click here.

Extra curriculum activities at local schools

Macao cultivates interests in the gastronomy field from a young age. Pre-school, elementary and secondary schools offer cooking activities from basic preparation to creative food process, encouraging children to develop interest and creativity in culinary arts while fostering their knowledge of Macao’s food culture.

The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau also attaches great importance to the healthy development of children and teachers in schools. A series of health programmes such as “Fruit Sharing Day”, “Healthy Tuck Shop”, “Milk and Soy Milk Scheme” has been launched to support healthy diet education and eating habit of the children.

Vocational
Training
職業培訓 职业培训 Formação
Profissional

United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macao

The United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macau (hereafter refer to as UAFBMM) was founded in 1967. With support from members of the catering industry and all previous committees, UAFBMM has dedicated itself in unifying the entire catering industry, ensuring legitimate rights and interests of members. UAFBMM has been acknowledged by its members.

Since 2000, the “Macau Food Festival” has been held for consecutive 16 years and has been appreciated by residents and tourists. Since the end of 2008, the “The Funding Scheme for SME Old Diners” had been launched with support and sponsored by local government. The scheme is intended to provide all-around assistances and financial support to SMEs with rich traditional features and peculiarity of business, and to make endeavor to the conservation of local unique catering culture. The UAFBMM has provided on-job vocational training and certificate programmes for catering industry for 15 years in a row and more than 24,908 employees have participated with satisfactory outcomes as well as supports local chefs to participate in international contests and related events for higher career and skill achievements.

Confraria da Gastronomia Macaense (Macanese Gastronomic Association)

Founded in 2007, the Confraria da Gastronomia Macaense (CGM), also known as the Macanese Gastronomic Brotherhood in English, is a non-profit association in Macao that encourages dissemination of Macanese gastronomic heritage through recipes, traditional cooking techniques, research of old food houses, famous chefs, and evolution of dishes that affirm the aspiration of authenticity. Currently, the CGM has 160 members.

CGM joined the European Oenogastronomic Brotherhoods Council (CEUCO) in 2007 and become an active member in all its congresses and annual meetings since then. It received the Best European Enogastronomic Award in the XII International Congress of CEUCO held in 2014 at the city of Liège, Belgium, in view of its fundamental principles, among other reasons, the bonds of friendship that unites the region with numerous European cities, the interest in maintaining the ancestral customs in regional gastronomy, in the development of collaborative initiatives of exchange in cultural asset, as well as the innovation in culinary aspects maintaining the Macanese traditions to avoid its loss over time.

A more recent achievement that showcases the talent and artistry of Macao’s local chef, Mr. Carlos Cabral, when he receives the Best Chef’s Award during the XIV International Congress from CEUCO in 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. It is also apparent that his publication of articles and books of an international character disseminating of Macanese customs and the enrichment of cultural values intrinsic to the region also play a very important role in the education and contribution to sustain the uniqueness of Macanese cuisine and gastronomic traditions.

Macau Cuisine Association

Macau Cuisine Association is a non-profit association newly established in Macao in 2016. It unites professional chefs to exchange culinary innovation and knowledge, strengthens culinary culture by exploring different theories by way of improving technical skills and providing servicing guidance of the industry, sharing of management experience, and participating in competitions or display contests. There are currently 500 members within MCA including Chinese, Western, Japanese and Korean chefs and management personnel, as well as investors from mega franchise companies.

Macao Federation of Trade Unions

Macao Federation of Trade Unions is one of the biggest associations formally established in 1950. Its history and formation can be traced back to around 1840 which witnessed the growth of trade unions in Macao. The Federation established the Catering Services and Culinary Training Centre in 2004, providing vocational training to residents and catering workers, and nurturing professional skills and competitiveness of local chefs by offering national certificate programmes.

Association of Macau Small and Medium Enterprises of Catering

Association of Macau Small and Medium Enterprises of Catering was established in 2008. It has now 80 members who are mostly investors of the small and medium sized enterprises in Macao. The Association aims to promote local food culture and work together with the industry to raise awareness and create synergy for local food branding. In order to improve competitiveness of the industry, the Association also provides training and exchange opportunities for its members at home and abroad.

“Sam Meng Chi Snack Bar”

The “Sam Meng Chi Snack Bar” is operated by the Macao Association for the Mentally Handicapped and subsidized by the local government starts servicing the community since 2002. It provides support to people with disabilities aged 16 to 45 through employment training including food production and sales at the snack bar which is open to the public giving its trainees training and working opportunities. The scheme highlights their potential and works towards social integration through practical work, enabling a smooth transition from this safe and control environment to other work places in the society.

Incentive
Programs
激勵計劃 激励计划 Programa
Incentivo

Continuing Education Development Scheme

The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau launched the Continuing Education Development Scheme since 2011 to encourage lifelong learning, including culinary related courses, in order to achieve the goal of improving the professional certification system and continuing to promote the construction of lifelong learning society, so as to cope with the diversified development of the economic industry and the construction of a learning society.

Funding of MOP6,000 every 3 years for Macao residents that can be used to support continuing education courses in local and overseas areas, higher education courses and license examinations.

Macao Young Entrepreneur Incubation Centre

The Youth Entrepreneurship Incubation Center was established in 2015 by the Macao Economic Services, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute and the Macao Productivity & Technology Transfer Center, aiming to bring a wide range of entrepreneurial support to young people in Macao. By providing all-inclusive support services for young entrepreneurs with creative business ideas, e.g. training, consultation, business matching, market intelligence, temporary office space.

Young Entrepreneurs Aid Scheme

In order to encourage Macao’s youth to seek new opportunities outside the traditional employment, forge entrepreneurial ideals, and to inject new impetus into Macao’s economic development, the Macao SAR Government has set up a Youth Entrepreneurship Aid Scheme under the Business and Development Fund, providing resources for local youth by means of an interest-free assistance to help them reduce the initial financial pressure.

Local residents aged between 21 and 44 who meet the initial business definition may apply. The grant shall be used for the purpose of purchasing the equipment required for the operation of the commercial enterprise; to carry out the renovation works for the business premises; to establish a commercial concession contract or franchise contract; to acquire technical exclusive rights or intellectual property rights; to conduct publicity and promotional activities; and as a working capital for business enterprises. The maximum amount of aid is MOP300,000 and the maximum repayment period is eight years.

SME Aid Scheme

SME Aid Scheme is put in place to effectively and appropriately support the development of the small and medium-sized enterprises (hereinafter called SMEs). The funds allocated for SME Aid Scheme can be used to finance its normal operation or for SMEs directly affected by extraordinary, unpredictable matters or dramatic changes in the business environment that rise the operating expenses or affecting the operating conditions of an enterprise. The maximum amount of aid per enterprise is MOP600,000. The maximum period for repayment of the loan is 8 years.

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme supports the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in Macao and aims to assist them to be financed by banks through offering of credit guarantee that equals to 70% of the loan approved by the participating banks. The maximum amount of guarantee offered is MOP 4.9 million. The amount of credit guarantee provided excludes the interest and any other expenses related to repayment of the loan. The repayment period of the loan is limited to a maximum of 5 years, counting from the date of signing the loan contract.

SME Procurement Partnership Program

Gaming Enterprises in Macao cooperate with the Macao Chamber of Commerce, the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, and the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center, in launching a SME Procurement Partnership Program in 2015. The program aims to give priority to local small and medium-sized enterprises in response to the Macau SAR government’s policy, bringing more business opportunities, developing the local supply chain, and elevating the competitiveness of local SMEs.

Micro, Small and Medium-sized and Long-term Specialty Food Store Aid Scheme

In order to preserve the characteristics of Macao’s distinctive food culture, enrich Macao’s tourism elements, and promote the diversified development of the industry. Micro, Small and Medium-sized and Long-term Specialty Food Store Aid Scheme was initiated by The United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macao and was funded by Macao Foundation.

The Scheme provides subsidy for the acquisition of equipment or hardware for approved enterprises, and offers them with training and consultation to improve the level of operation and competitiveness.

Step Out, Experience Macao’s Communities

The “Step Out, Experience Macao’s Communities” program highlights eight routes with creative themes, is introduced by Macao Government Tourism Office since 2013. The routes are presented for visitors’ choice, encouraging visitors to explore different neighborhoods, expecting to balance visitor trends around Macao and foster community tourism.

In terms of promotion, the relevant information of the eight routes including sightseeing attractions, dining options, transportation, shopping, performance activities and public facilities are easily obtained through the free printed guidebook, download on MGTO’s website or mobile App. Doubtlessly the program can benefit eateries along the route by diverting flow of both locals and visitors to less explored areas and bring dynamism to local economy.

For more information of the “Step Out, Experience Macao’s Communities”, please click here.

Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme

For the promotion of quality tourism, the Macao Government Tourism Office launched the Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme in 2014 with the purpose to define service quality standards for the tourism industry, encourage and support the industry to enhance service culture as well as recognize tourism merchants and practitioners who provide outstanding services and implement excellent service management. The Scheme selects the food and beverage industry in Macao as the first target and that is an effort to cope with the development goal of establishing Macao as the “World Centre of Tourism and Leisure”.

For more information of the scheme, please click here.

Food Hygiene Supervisor Incentive Program (Food Safety Centre)

The Macao Food Safety Centre is responsible for ensuring that food safety standards are being meant. It entrusts Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center to co-organize the Food Hygiene Supervisor Incentive Program since 2015. Through systemic courses, this program aims to encourage the active engagement of the industry in on-going education and to improve their management skills in accordance to the “Food Safety Act”.

The incentive program targets employees who are recommended by their food industry employers to enroll in a certificate course to become a “food safety supervisor” with a validity of 5 years.

Occupational Safety and Health Programme for Restaurants

The Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) launched the Occupational Safety and Health Programme for Restaurants in 2014 and 2016, to reward enterprises and practitioners who had outstaynding performance in the aspects of occupational and health implementation, in an attempt to encourage and raise awareness of the industry to adopt occupational safety measures to reduce accidents at work from happening.

Apart from the Programme, DSAL also provides certificate courses, seminars and guidelines to the enterprises and practitioners to improve their working environment and safety knowledge.

Short-term food assistance program

Since 2011, Caritas de Macau launched a center dedicating the service of Short-term food assistance program. This Program tries to reach out to those who are having economic difficulties and to elevate the problems of poverty through combining the service to the society and raising awareness.

This Program aims at providing temporary relief to alleviate individuals or families in economic setbacks by providing encouragement and supportive services to enhance their personal or family member’s mental and physical resilience, thereby improving the quality of life. Raise public awareness of poverty to foster the “caring” and “sharing” spirit to build a harmonious society.

Events 活動 活动 Eventos
Events in
Gastronomic
Field
美食範疇
活動
美食范畴
活动
Eventos de
Gastronomia

International Gastronomy Forum, Macao

The first edition of “International Gastronomy Forum” was organized by Macao Government Tourism Office in 2016. This forum is an annual event, as part of its work in forging ahead to develop Macao as a gastronomy city, on the road to transform Macao into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure.

The Forum’s mission and vision is to promote and raise public awareness that creativity as a strategic factor enhances sustainable urban development. It wants to provide a platform for participating cities to communicate and understand the strengths of cultural assets, creativity and sustainable development. The Forum aims to connect cities to share their successful experience and learn from each other so as to boost the development of gastronomy in the creative field. It also aims to provide tours of culinary excellence to introduce Macao’s tradition, heritage and gastronomy-related industry. The Forum endeavors to demonstrate that food has become a common language shared by cities all around the world.

Macau Food Festival

Macau Food Festival is organized by the United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macao. Since its first edition in 2000, it has been the most favorite gastronomic event among local residents and visitors. The Macau Food Festival brings delicious Asian, European, Mainland China and local delicacies, and exciting entertainment and fun for everyone. With the theme of global delicacies in Macau, the Macau Food Festival is like an amusement park where visitors can taste worldwide cuisines in just one place while they can enjoy games, live performances and beer competition during the festival.

By organizing this food festival, the United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macao aims to strengthen the unity of local catering industry and enhance the level of Macao’s catering industry through domestic and foreign food enterprises exchange, and to promote the development of gastronomy and tourism.

Lusofonia Festival

Organized by the Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau and co-organization with the Macao Government Tourism Office and the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Lusofonia Festival associated with the culture of the Macao Portuguese-speaking communities held every year since 1998. This festival takes place at the Taipa Houses-Museum in three consecutive days in October. It festival comprises of cultural booths of Macao Portuguese-speaking communities from ten countries/regions, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Goa, Daman and Diu, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Macao and East Timor, introducing their countries or regions’ traditional music, photographs, arts and crafts, costume, literary books and gastronomy, thereby putting vitality in the Lusofonia Festival as well as allowing visitors to have in-depth understanding of the Portuguese-speaking countries and regions’ culture. All residents and tourists are welcome to participate in the festival and experience the cultural customs and feel the Festival’s cheerful atmosphere.

Macau Beef Cuisine Festival

Macau Beef Cuisine Festival, organized by the Association of Macau Small and Medium Enterprises of Catering, becomes a popular annual summer event for beef lovers that kick-start at the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia since 2011. This unique festival is expected to support local medium- and small-sized restaurants and reinforce the community tourism by promoting local restaurants. Special promotion, lucky draw and Cowboy Parade are part of the programme to increase the festive atmosphere and attract tourists and residents to discover the community gastronomy and tourism resources.

International Cultural and Food Festival

International Culture and Food Festival is almost a one-month event which takes place in Macau Fisherman’s Wharf every year since 2010, organized by Association of Macau Small and Medium Enterprises of Catering, featuring “food” and “culture” as the main elements in gastronomy, retail, exhibition and festival. Public activities like multi-national cuisine and market exhibition, cooking demonstration by international famous chefs, fun workshop and cultural performances at the venue is spread through in this gastronomic and cultural festival month.

The organizer hopes to enhance the catering industry in Macau and serve as a “culinary exchange platform”. During the 7th edition in 2016, a “Food Culture Forum” was held at the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf Convention and Exhibition Centre to discuss the important issues such as food safety and health.

Myanmar and Southeast Asia Cuisine and Cultural Festival

Myanmar and Southeast Asia Cuisine and Cultural Festival is part of the “Myanmar Overseas Chinese Water Festival” to celebrate Myanmar’s New Year. The long-running festival is organized by Macau Association of Mutual Help of Myanmar Overseas Chinese with the support of the local government and related entities since 1996.

With many Myanmar people living in Macau today, this festival has become a firm tradition which features booths of tempting southeast Asian fare, folk music, dance performances, and endless selection of delicious southeast Asian foods at Rotunda de Carlos da Maia.

Oktoberfest Macau

In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong and German Macau Business Association as well as with Macao Government Tourism Office as the supporting unit, MGM MACAU successfully captured the essence of Bavarian festivities through German beers, cuisines, live entertainments and the Bavarian party atmosphere since 2009.

The 11-day Oktoberfest Macau has welcomed nearly 100,000 beer lovers with 96,606 liters of beer, 21,785 kilograms of pork knuckles, 9,696 roasted chickens and 14,379 pieces of homemade pretzels served approximately over the years. Authentic dining experience and entertainment makes this event one of most popular gastronomy event in Macao.

Macau Wine and Dine Festival

The Macau Wine and Dine Festival is the only wine event in Macao. The festival provides professional-level education on wine, family-friendly entertainment & a wide variety of food and beverages including wine, spirits and other beverages.

Organized by the Wine Society of Macau and sponsored by The Venetian Macao, it featured a wide range of wines from different countries and also delicious foods in an outdoor event showcased in over 40 booths as well as exclusive entertainment and a premier Wine School with lecturers conducted by industry professionals.

International Master Chef’s Charity Event

International Master Chef Charity Association has been organizing this meaningful charity event since 2014 and it aims to encourage co-operation among Chinese culinary master chefs, facilitate idea exchange and empower them to utilize their talents towards giving back to the community.

The 4th edition, co-organized with Macau Cuisine Association, was held in Macao in 2017 and gathered over 200 master chefs from around the world including Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and America, among others. This three-day charity event concluded with “2017 International Master Chef’s Charity Dinner” and followed by charity auction, a public culinary street festival at Macau Broadway Food Street which had over 200 specially crafted dishes were showcased and there were 14 food and product booths offered charity sales.

Fun Fishing Boat Cruise

After hundreds of years of development, Macao has emerged from a small fishermen’s village to a unique city with World Heritage sites. The fusion of Chinese and Western cultures makes it a beautiful gem at the estuary of Pearl River Delta. Apart from appreciating the city onshore, the scenery can also be enjoyed offshore.

Macao has fishing boat cruise now for visitors to enjoy during the fishing closure season. Fishermen will introduce their daily lives and the fishing equipments. It is a great opportunity to experience the fishery culture abroad a real fishing boat.

Each sailing lasts about 90 minutes so visitors have plenty of time to appreciate the Inner Harbour and its traditional fishing culture, with each trip enriched by explanations about the harsh but rewarding life of the fisher folks.

Junior Chef Competition

First edition of “Junior Chef Competition” was debuted in 2016, organized by Macau Youth Education Promotion Association with support from Education and Youth Affairs Bureau of Macao and sponsored by the Macau Wuhan Huangpi Chamber of Commerce. The competition is for both elementary and secondary level students and it aims to encourage flameless cooking and promote the importance of healthy diet and environmental protection.

Through engaging in the competition, students can learn to appreciate food and environment, gain valuable life skills by working as a team to create and cook.

The Young Macanese Cooking Competition

The Institute for Tourism Studies and Macau Culinary Association co-organized the Young Macanese Cooking Competition for universities students since 2013. The Young Macanese Cooking Competition is an additional universities tournament, Macao’s universities students would have the opportunity to explore the culture and history of the local traditional Macanese Cuisine and the event allows culinary exchange between universities students in Macao, thus enables a closer tie and form a strong bond in the relationship among universities in Macao.

The Macanese Cooking Competition

The Macau Cooking Competition is organized for professionals contestants and was launched by the Macau Culinary Association and supported by the Institute for Tourism Studies and Macao Foundation. This competition encourages contestants from local industry to take part and compete amongst themselves to advance their cooking skills and raising the profile of the talent within Macao’s tourism sector. On top of these, the competition aims to further educate chefs in local Macanese Cuisine and to inspire their cooking skills and promote the gastronomy development within the industry at the local and international levels.

“Healthy Eating” Induction Cooking Contest

The contest has been co-organized by Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM) and the Catering Services & Cooking Training Centre of Macau Federation of Trade Unions since 2012, with the support of the Macau Professional Nutritionist Association.

The cooking contest is open to the public each year. The selected participants use induction cookers to prepare healthy family dishes on-site and the judging panel rate the dishes according to a number of criteria, such as appearance, taste, eco-friendly ingredients selection and composition; nutritional value and as well as practicality.

Overseas Culinary Contests

In order to take part and compete amongst top chefs in order to advance the cooking skills and raising the profile of culinary talent at international level, many top chefs in Macao frequently participate and used to win in overseas culinary contests, for instance, “The World Golden Chef Competition”, “International Culinary Arts Invitational Competition”, “World Championship of Cookery in Taipei”, “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge” etc, which mostly take place in different Asian cities every year with an aim to develop a unique exchange platform for them to expand their horizons and raise the professional standards of the culinary industry.

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Macao Light Festival

Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) held the inaugural edition of the Macao Light Festival in 2015 and made it an annual event in every December since then. Each year there will be different theme featured with music and light show bespokes local artistic power and adding creative interactive games with great fun by using remarkable blend of technology and innovation. Following the Festival, the Office conducted an impact evaluation of which the result confirmed that the event had widely won recognition from citizens and visitors.

A line-up of festive events during December in previous years, including Macao Light Festival, Macao International Marathon and the Parade through Macao, Latin City, had unleashed a synergistic effect which deepens cooperation across the fields of tourism, culture and sport. In the future, MGTO will also apply more innovative technology and multimedia in tourism to promote creativity and smart tourism development in Macao.

The Script Road: Macao Literary Festival

The Script Road - Macau Literary Festival was founded in 2012 by Ponto Final, a local newspaper. Today Final Point and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau are joint organizers of the festival.

The festival is the first grand meeting of literates from China and the Portuguese Speaking Countries ever to be organized. The Script Road brings to Macau renowned writers, publishers, translators, journalists, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists to the city.

By joining Macao Special Administrative Region’s annual calendar of events, The Script Road highlights, in the cultural and literature sectors, the desired understanding and cooperation between China and the Lusophone world using literature as a driving force, through Macao.

Macao Arts Festival

Organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, the Macao Arts Festival is the biggest annual arts festival in Macao, which consistently enriches the cultural and artistic life of residents as well as visitors. It actively promotes the arts and artistic education, in an effort to encourage residents to engage in artistic activities and welcome the arts into their daily lives.

It’s programming adheres firmly to the three-fold principle of “fostering the development of local arts, showcasing outstanding performances from around the world and propagating the Chinese culture”. Since its inception, the festival has been actively promoting local artistic creation and providing numerous performance opportunities for the local artistic community through a wide variety of large-scale performances and exhibitions. In addition, it promotes the Chinese traditional repertoire as well, thereby exposing its brilliant qualities on the international stages of Macao.

Macao International Music Festival

The Macao International Music Festival is organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government and has been a melodious music journey since its birth in 1987. The annual rendezvous, together with dancing notes and exhilarative resonance, creates a channel for the artistic nutrients from different parts of the world to infuse into the pulse of the city. This broadens the horizon of the city to a global level and enhances the artistic humanism of the citizens.

The Festival has been developing over the last three decades. On the 30th anniversary of the Festival, Macao International Music Festival Forum invited prominent practitioners and directors of music festivals from overseas to discuss and share opinions on music and arts festivals and cultural development of cities, as well as seeking further opportunities for exchanges and co-operations.

Macao International Fireworks Display Contest

Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) organized the first edition of Macau International Fireworks Display Contest in 1989 and carried on the annual tradition until today. The Contest has pit a range of globally-acclaimed pyrotechnic companies from 10 different countries against each other over the past editions. This annual tradition is held above the sea in front of Macau during September and 1st October, whereas the team from China will culminate the Contest with their fireworks display in celebration of the National Day together with all the residents in town. Every fireworks display is choreographed to both music and laser light projections in the way that not only brings out its theme but also enhances the effect and level of its pyrotechnic extravaganza.

MGTO is dedicated to creating a greater synergy and enriching the content of mega events through interdepartmental efforts as well as collaboration with the private sector and local organizations so that more residents and visitors are motivated to take part in the events. The Office has been joining hands with the General Union of Neighbors Association of Macau over the years to present the Fireworks Carnival which features both stage performance and signature delicacies next to Macau Tower.

Macao City Fringe Festival: Mobile Kitchen

First held in 1999, The Macau City Fringe Festival, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and co-organized by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, has been showcasing an exciting range of local and international performance all over town, performing dance works, interactive theatre productions, musical performances and much more.

The 2017 edition of the Macao City Fringe Festival, taking “A Feast of Creativity! Bon Appétit!” as slogan and adopting the concept of “All around the city, our stages, our patrons, our artists”, invites artists locally and different parts of the world to participate, in order to create distinctive events in the city. One of the signature performance “Mobile Kitchen”, invited writers, illustrators, musicians, actors and radio hosts to prepared 10 gourmet feasts while sharing their art experiences with the audience.

The International Film Festival and Awards • Macao

The inaugural edition of the International Film Festival and Awards • Macao was held from Dec 8-13, 2016, organized by Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association and Macao Government Tourism Office. The festival screened more than 50 films from over 20 countries and regions across the globe. Members of the Awards jury comprise of film directors from Hong Kong and Macao, for the Macao Short Film Competition, which will be held to encourage participation among the local cultural and creative sector and inspire young local talents to create their works.

It is believed this annual event can boost the synergy between tourism and culture and promoted local tourism development, introduce world class exchange opportunities, functioned as a regional exchange platform and empower the local film industry as well as the cultural and creative industry to progress, while widening the cultural perspectives of our local residents and bringing multi-faceted benefits to Macao at large.

Guangdong and Macao Branded Products Fair

The Guangdong and Macao Branded Products Fair (GMBPF) is jointly organized by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute and the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangdong Province. The Fair is a carnival-style event embracing trade, cultural exchanges, shopping, leisure and entertainment and has achieved relatively significant results year-on-year and has been widely recognized by different sectors in the society.

The Guangdong and Macao Branded Products Fair debuted in 2009 and has been held annually with the objective to cope with the Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta, and is an important trade and economic activity promulgated by both governments acting upon the basis of the subsequent Strengthening the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Agreement between Guangdong and Macao signed by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute and the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of Guangdong Province.

Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF): Portuguese-speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition

The Macao International Trade and Investment Fair is one of the biggest trade events in Macao and attracts large numbers of exhibitors and buyers from around the world every year since 1995. Taking advantage of Macao’s unique multicultural characteristics and its role as a regional business service platform, MIF further promotes trade and economic collaboration for enterprises in Macao and Mainland China and their counterparts in Portuguese-speaking countries, with the aim of expanding Macao’s role as a platform for trade and economic co-operation and exchange.

In 2016, the 21st MIF was the first to have a “Partner Country” - Portugal. It was also the first to have a Portuguese speaking Countries Fashion Show, held in the Portuguese-speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition. It was also the first to have the “SME Service Corner for China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, where visitors could learn about the Economic & Trade Co-operation and Human Resources Portal between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, and obtain advice about trade and investment in the Portuguese-speaking Countries markets.

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do Turismo

Macao Government Tourism Office has 14 representative offices in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, which organizes various tourism events and promotions, and often engages gastronomy as one of the pillar attractions of Macao. During 2012-2016, a total of 44 media, chefs and key opinion leaders (KOLs) familiarization tours were carried out, 39 food seminars and 79 food related events were organized, along with production of 26 TV promotions broadcasted internationally to maximize awareness and interest on Macao’s culture and food heritage among potential markets. Highlight events include chef master classes in universities and renowned restaurants, cooking demonstrations on food trucks, Macanese food-week overseas and inspiring visiting chefs to create new dishes fusing elements from Macao and much more.

Macao Government Tourism Office invites Korean celebrity Chef Park Joo Woo who specializes in dessert to conduct Portuguese dessert-making class in JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul.

Korean chef invited to experience the food culture of Macao and share experience with Portuguese chef.

Macao Government Tourism Office launched the “Macao, Master Chef” campaign in Hong Kong. This campaign was developed with the objectives of familiarizing the Hong Kong public with Macanese food culture.

Macao Government Tourism Office launched the “Macao, Master Chef” campaign in Hong Kong in which Hong Kong actress Leila Kong, parenting bloggers Bbmamababa and Vanily Cake and their kids were invited to a 2-day-1-night training camp together with Celebrity Anchor Icy Wong, Celebrity Chef Shawn, and Indigenous Macanese Cuisine Expert Chef Neta to shoot Macanese cooking and parenting video series to promoting parent-kid interaction and bonding.

With the theme of “Gourmet & Lifestyle”, Macao Government Tourism Office in Japan tied up with famous tableware company Noritake, known for its high quality, sophisticated designs. It launched a new series called BLUE SORRENTINO which favors the blue-and-white hues, reflective of those of AZUREJO tiles in Macao.

The “Taste of Macao” food truck was featured within the Macao Government Tourism Office’s booth at the annual Tourism Expo Japan, the largest travel show in Japan. The food truck provided authentic dishes such as African Chicken, Minchi Rice and egg tarts. The family-oriented event sold over 1,200 egg tarts during the two consumer days of the Expo which drew 185,844 visitors.

Publications &
Collaterals
出版物及宣傳品 出版物及宣传品 Publicações e
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Macanese Cuisine in My Grandfather’s Home

Graça Pacheco Jorge

In order to promote and pass on Macanese gastronomy the Cultural Affairs Bureau has published a revised edition of “The Cuisine of Macao from my Grandfather’s House” in Chinese and in a bilingual Portuguese-English version, enabling a broader range of readers to become familiar with Macau’s unique gastronomic techniques.

Author Graça Pacheco Jorge, brought up in a long established Macanese family, has spared no effort in putting out the word about Macanese gastronomy, and continues to organise and publicise related activities, including lectures, workshops and training courses, as well as participating in documentaries on local gastronomy produced in Portugal, Japan and Hong Kong.

What to Eat?

Carlos Alberto Anok Cabral

The name of the book “What to Eat?” tells all what you can expect from this book and much more. Aside from being a recipe book of over 30 dishes range from snack, appetizer, main dish and dessert, it is also a personal journal of the author, Mr. Carlos Alberto Anok Cabral, the inspiration behind certain dishes, unique memories and experience as well as his passion for the Patuá which is listed as an intangible cultural heritage of Macao.

With the publication of this book, Mr. Cabral hopes to show how the combination of love, passion, time and imagination can turn ingredients into a piece of artwork.

Colors in the Pot

Christine Hong Barbosa and Julia Lam

“Colors in the Pot” is an exquisite combination of 10 Water-colored Illustrations by talented Julia Lam on 10 special Macanese Cuisines recipes generously provided by Mrs. Cecilia Jorge. The book is enclosed by a gorgeous hardcover aiming to share the culture of Macanese Cuisine and spread the love for food and illustrations.

Macanese Culinary 100 Specialties

João António Ferreira Lamas

“Macanese Culinary – 100 Specialities”, which is a trilingual edition, in Chinese, Portuguese and English. The recipes from the book came from the late João António Ferreira Lamas who was a Portuguese married to Macanese Ercília Maria de Sousa Nolasco da Silva. The book gathers hundred of recipes of Macanese gastronomy, mostly homemade ones little known by the public selected from the author’s immense collection, which he shares in this book as wish to keep this unique cuisine tradition alive.

Macanese Cuisine Origins and Evolution

António M. Jorge da Silva

This book describes the origins of the Macanese Cuisine and the story behind many of the dishes. It explores its history and how the ingredients have changed and the recipes evolved outside Macao. The “Macanese Cuisine Origins and Evolution” is a profoundly illustrated and well written book with appetising dishes and mouth-watering photo collection.

Last but not least, the book is a collection of Mr. Silva’s personal memories that he has so generously share with his readers and especially to the younger generations.

Saboroso - Portuguese and Macanese Cuisine in Macau

Nuno Mendonça and Carmo Correia

“Saboroso-Portuguese and Macanese Cuisine” in Macau is a comprehensive guide to Portuguese and Macanese restaurants in Macao, with a focus not only on the food but indeed the chefs behind it. Published in three languages – in traditional Chinese, Portuguese and English – and written by Nuno Mendonça, previously a long-term resident of Macau and former Editor-in-Chief of Macau CLOSER, the book is exquisitely illustrated by the photographs of locally-based photographer Carmo Correia. The book also includes detailed recipes of some the most famous and popular dishes at each restaurant in Macao.

The Art of Modern Portuguese Cuisine

David Wong

David Wong launched his cookbook titled “The Art of Modern Portuguese Cuisine” which earned him the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008 in the category of “Best Easy Recipes Book” in Macao region.

Most of the recipes depicted in this book are signature dishes at the Institute of Tourism Studies’ Educational Restaurant, consummated by the author. David Wong hopes readers enjoy not only the dishes prepare out of this book in the company of family and friends but also the fine art of cooking.

Family Macanese Recipes and Treasures

Pauline, Choi Pui Leng

“Family Macanese Recipes and Treasures” authored by Pauline, Choi Pui Leng published in traditional Chinese, Portuguese and English. It is an easy-to-read and well illustrated recipe book featuring a fusion of Portuguese and Asian flavours easily found in Macao with a hint of historic treasures glittering throughout the book. Gastronomy represents a time-honoured, rich culinary lending a special charm to the city. The aim of this book is to promote Macanese cuisine not only preserves Macanese culture, but also enables it to step onto the international culinary stage.

Macao’s Journey of Gastronomy

Institute of Tourism Studies

“Macao’s Journey of Gastronomy” is a book published in traditional Chinese that explores the different cuisine available in Macao. It is an in-depth look into the characteristics of each cuisine, table etiquette, ingredients and much more.

Taste of Macao

Macao Government Tourism Office

“Taste of Macao” is a brochure with cheerful illusion of Macanese, Portuguese and Chinese dishes that one can easily find in Macao with handy maps enclosed.

Hyperlink - e-brochure

Macao Food Guide

Macao Government Tourism Office

The “Macao Food Guide” is a handy brochure published by the Macao Government Tourism Office during Chinese New Year, National-Day and Labour-Day holidays to inform tourists about the restaurants and eateries that will remain in operation during the holiday seasons.

Taste of Time

“Taste of Time” is a micro film produced by the Macao Small and Medium-sized Catering Industry Association with the support of the Macao Government Tourism Office. The aim of this movie is to use moving story lines about love, affection and friendship to entice audience to visit the shooting locations in Macao, and taste the food to experience in person the emotions portrayed by the artists.

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Macao designated as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
November 1, 2017
(Source: Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture)
Macao designated as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
Press Release
November 1, 2017

The UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, announced on the early morning of November 1, Macao time, the designation of “Macao, China” as a new member city of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of Gastronomy. Macao now boosts of yet another world renown status as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, which is set to bring an array of new opportunities to promote Macao’s unique gastronomic culture and develop a sustainable tourism industry, as the city works to transform itself into a world centre of tourism and leisure.

Macao submitted the application to UNESCO Secretariat under the name of “Macao, China”. The application for a designation as Creative City of Gastronomy received the support of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC and the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in the Macao SAR. The local Tourism Development Committee, along with the European Oenogastronomic Brotherhoods Council and the China Cuisine Association also gave their support to the application. Macao became the third Creative City of Gastronomy in China, after Chengdu and Shunde. UCCN covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.

The designation of Macao as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy adds a powerful international branding to the city’s portfolio that already includes the listing of The Historic Centre of Macao as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005, and following the inscription of the collection of “Chapas Sínicas” (Official Records of Macao During the Qing Dynasty (1693-1886)) on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Macao is an associate member of UNESCO since 1995.

In a comment to the success of the application, the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government and Chairman of the Application of Macao, China for the UCCN Committee, Alexis Tam, said: “I am extremely happy that we joined UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of Gastronomy and strongly confident that becoming a member of the network will open new horizons for Macao to develop as a diverse, unique and sustainable city. Gastronomy has all along been a distinctive element of our culture of over 400 years of east-meets-west exchanges and we will devote our utmost efforts to bring our unique elements to contribute to the enrichment of the network.

“Macao becoming a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy is set to offer a contribution to the city that goes beyond gastronomy and tourism, as it will bring in new models of development that recognize creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development, which we are willing to take advantage of in partnership with other cities and local partners,” highlighted the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture.

“This great opportunity to join the network would not be possible without the strong support from the Central Government that endorsed our application right from the beginning, for what we are sincerely grateful. We are also very thankful that local tourism stakeholders united to work to prepare the application and to all the guidance and support Macao received from other creative cities and entities during the preparation process. Macao will cherish this new title as a Creative City of Gastronomy and make good use of it to help transform our city into a world centre of tourism and leisure,” Alexis Tam added.

To celebrate the designation of Macao as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, the Macao SAR Government will launch a series of activities locally and internationally, to raise the awareness about the designation. A number of initiatives will also be rolled out in different fronts like enhancing vocational training, organizing international gastronomy forum as an annual event, participate in Creative Cities organized international exchange events, and also the setting up of a management unit that comprises both public and private sector to implement and supervise all the initiatives and projects undertaken, amongst others. All actions and initiatives will correspond to the UCCN mission of using creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development.

Macao becoming a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy is set to offer a contribution to the city that goes beyond gastronomy and tourism
Representatives from 16 UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy attended Macao’s first edition of “International Gastronomy Forum, Macao” in November last year
Over a year of public-private preparations for Macao’s application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
November 1, 2017
(Source: Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture)
Over a year of public-private preparations for Macao’s application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Press Release
November 1, 2017

The designation of “Macao, China” as a new member city of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of Gastronomy comes after more than a year of preparation that involved Macao public and private sectors working together to support the application work.

Among all creative fields of the network, Gastronomy was selected as the creative area where Macao could seek to maximize more potential for sustainable urban development, in line with the network objectives, in order to preserve the city's cultural identity, amid strong economic development, since cuisine is tied closely to culture and traditions, as well as tourism industry.

Preparation works for application initiated in 2015

In preparation for the 2017 UCCN Call for Applications, Macao SAR Government launched the procedures and related work by end of 2015. The application works received the support of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC and the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in the Macao SAR. The local Tourism Development Committee, along with the European Oenogastronomic Brotherhoods Council and the China Cuisine Association also supported the application.

With the support from the Central Government and local stakeholders, in July 2016, an Application of Macao, China for the UCCN Committee (Macao’s Application Committee) was set up, led by Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture to formulate directions for the application. Macao’s Application Committee included several working groups, with a total of 48 members from 18 entities, such as government departments, tourism tertiary institutions, related associations, catering industry, among others. Plenary and specialized working group meetings were held to discuss and work on the application work, with Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture entrusting Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) with the overall coordination.

Since then, Macao’s Application Committee representatives also visited six UCCN cities to exchange ideas with city representatives in support of the preparation process and participate in their international meetings. The cities included Beijing (China), Östersund (Sweden), Jeonju (Korea), Phuket (Thailand), Enghien-les-Bains (France) and Dénia (Spain). Study field visits were also carried out by MGTO to the two Creative Cities of Gastronomy in China - Shunde and Chengdu.

Surveys and meetings were conducted with various local stakeholder bodies to collect data and opinions, and actions were taken to raise public awareness of the potential of gastronomy as a driver for a city's sustainable development.

In addition, Macao hosted the first edition of the “International Gastronomy Forum, Macao” in November last year. The forum gathered in Macao representatives from 16 Creative Cities of Gastronomy and one Creative City of Literature, along with experts and academics, for exchanges and to enable participants to experience the city’s gastronomical diversity and cultural heritage. At his keynote speech at the event, the Secretary-General of National Commission of the People’s Republic China for UNESCO, Du Yue, showed his full support to Macao’s application.

Another important task accomplished in preparation for the candidature was the production of a Macao Gastronomy Website (www.gastronomy.gov.mo) featuring the city's history, culture, festivities, cuisines, related videos and more. The website was launched in English last June to serve the application.

Macao becomes third Creative City of Gastronomy in China

After more than a year of preparation, Macao submitted the application to UNESCO Secretariat last June 14, under the name of “Macao, China”, with the endorsement of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO. The application was also supported with recommendation letters from the European Oenogastronomic Brotherhoods Council and the China Cuisine Association.

Following a vigorous evaluation process carried out by internal and external consultations with independent experts and the member cities of the network, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated on the early morning of November 1, Macao time, 64 new UNESCO Creative Cities, including eight new Creative Cities of Gastronomy.

Macao became the third city in China to join UCCN in the field of Gastronomy, after Chengdu and Shunde that entered the network in 2010 and 2014, respectively. The Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam expresses his gratitude to Secretary-General of China National Commission for UNESCO Du Yue (left) for his support to Macao’s application during last year’s “International Gastronomy Forum, Macao”
Macao’s Application Committee was led by Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture and included several working groups with a total of 48 members from 18 entities
UNESCO Creative Cities Network to open new avenues of development for Macao
November 1, 2017
(Source: Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture)
UNESCO Creative Cities Network to open new avenues of development for Macao
Press Release
November 1, 2017

The designation of “Macao, China” as a member city of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of Gastronomy is set to bring new opportunities for the city to diversify the economy, with gastronomy as a driver to preserve Macao's cultural identity, while promoting a sustainable development and expanding its international cooperation.

Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development as regards economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects. Aligned with UCCN’s mission and objectives, Macao expects the designation to bring a positive impact on the sustainable development of the city, via inheritance, creativity and exchange in the gastronomy field.

In terms of inheritance, the designation is set to endorse the global recognition of Macao‘s more than 400-year old culinary legacy, arousing interest among the young generation in gastronomy culture, especially in Macanese cuisine and providing favorable conditions for food traditions to continuously thrive.

As for the creativity aspect, the designation is expected to stimulate stakeholders in gastronomy and agents in other creative sectors to explore how culinary and other aspects of culture can fuse to diversify the economy. This will not only broaden the creative capacity in gastronomy but also enable Macao to collaborate with other UCCN members in different creative areas to experiment synergistic initiatives, such as gastronomy with films, music, design and more.

In terms of exchange, the network is expected to inspire and broaden Macao’s creative capacity in gastronomy and crosscutting initiatives by learning from member cities’ best practices and experiences, while fostering more opportunities for global cooperation with UCCN cities.

By becoming a member city of UCCN, Macao will be actively engaged in a series of activities conducted by Creative Cities of Gastronomy and other creative fields. Other Creative Cities of Gastronomy around the world include: Chengdu and Shunde (China), Belém and Florianopolis (Brazil), Popayán (Colombia), Rasht (Iran), Parma (Italy), Zahlé (Lebanon), Ensenada (Mexico), Bergen (Norway), Jeonju (South Korea), Tsuruoka (Japan), Dénia and Burgos (Spain), Östersund (Sweden), Phuket (Thailand), Gaziantep (Turkey), Tucson (USA), and this year, eight more cities have also been newly designated.

The Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.

Representatives from Macao SAR and other Creative Cities from China at a UCCN Annual Meeting held in Sweden
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