Mr Zhehao, Institute of Archaeology


In October 2018, I went to Macau on a field trip to assess Maritime Silkroads heritage management conditions. This picture was taken some 200m from a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Mandarin House. With all these 1980-90s residential buildings on both sides and the Grand Lisboa casino in the background like a spaceship, one can hardly tell where this late 19th-century historical mansion is. There are voices against rapid modernization inside Macau’s historic city centre. However, development seemed to go the opposite. Macau has the world’s second highest GDP per capita, yet it is also the second most densely populated area in the world. There are many issues worth considering when it comes to balancing economic development and heritage protection.

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