Over history Macao has been an important gateway through which western civilization entered China; for hundreds of years this piece of land has
nurtured a symbiosis of cultural exchange, shaping the unique identity of Macao.
“The Historic Centre of Macao” is living testimony to the assimilation and continued co-existence of eastern and western cultures over a unique chapter
in history. It stands witness to successful East-West cultural pluralism, reﬂecting
China’s persistent openness to the inﬂux of western cultural concepts throughout
that historic timeframe; it is the fruit of mutual respect and tolerance between
different cultures and civilizations. Its value lies not only in the
completeness of the architectural and urban infrastructures, but also in the
fact that these have retained their original function and spirit to the present
day. As an integral part of the city’s life, the conservation of “The Historic Centre of Macao” is crucial to the local
community, while on a broader context, it represents a part of Chinese and world history, which, due to its historic and cultural signiﬁcance must be
“The Historic Centre of Macao” has now been inscribed on the World Heritage
List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China. This international recognition will further raise community awareness and foster an appreciation of heritage values, thus providing a positive inﬂuence
on future urban redevelopment programmes that will evolve in line with heritage conservation.
Through continued promotion and public education, locals have expanded their
knowledge and deepened their understanding of Macao’s role in Chinese and world
history. Their sense of ownership and pride in the city’s heritage reﬂects a recognition of Macao’s origins, its
civilization and the context that has nurtured this development.
As of the day of listing, the people of Macao are entrusted by the world to
ensure the protection of “The Historic Centre of Macao”. We as a community are
now more accountable than ever in this duty. This shared responsibility calls
for the constant support and cooperation of all of Macao’s citizens
and government departments. By working together, we are sure to achieve our goal
of protecting that which is of unique value to the world.