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15 years of Macao through 100 camera lenses

Updated: Nov 19,2014 7:52 AM     China Daily

A Portuguese folk dance is held against the backdrop of Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, on Jan 19,2014, to welcome the Lunar New Year.[Photo by Fan Haiqiang/China Daily]

Four-part album features fascinating glimpses of life, culture and architecture captured by photographers since Macao’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1999.

Editor’s note: On the 15th anniversary of the return of Macao to Chinese sovereignty, China Daily, in cooperation with Fu Wah International Group and MGM MACAU, will release on Nov 19 a photo album: One Hundred Photographers Focus on Macao.

The four-part album tells the full story of Macao since its return in 1999, presenting a different Macao, full of delight and vitality and brimming with potential.

Including nearly 200 photographs taken by photographers from the mainland, Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the album covers every facet of Macao, from the architecture of Portuguese rule to the co-existence of churches and temples.

Photographers capture the unique culture, the mixture of traditional Chinese and Western elements, offering a kaleidoscope of fascinating glimpses into life in Macao.

The album’s publication ceremony was held in Macao on Nov 19. Sixteen photographs have been selected from the book and presented to give a view of life in Macao.

Children enjoy defying gravity on the sloping wall of a lighthouse in June 2009.[Photo by Jiang Jian/for China Daily]

Harnessed photographers seem set to take flight at the Macao Tower Convention& Entertainment Center in October 2004.[Photo by Liu Yu/China Daily]

A “mermaid” enchants tourists at a virtual aquarium in the City of Dreams on July 25,2009.[Photo by Zhao Liyang/for China Daily]

In MGM Water Aurora, light, shadow and waterworld intersect, and colorful decorative glass frames the cylindrical aquarium in the central square, in April 2013.[Photo by Lin Leong/China Daily]

Celebrating his cultural heritage, this man adds color to the streets in 2004.[Photo by Zhang Feng/China Daily]

The international lion-dance invitational tournament is held at the MGM Grand in November 2012.[Photo by Hill Kwok/China Daily]

A drunken dragon dance is performed during a celebration of Buddha’s birthday in May 2004.[Photo by Li Gang/China Daily]

Directions are offered in Senado Square in October 2004.[Photo by Chen Ming-jen/for China Daily]

This graveyard for old cars, and a place for spare parts, finds that space is at a premium in October 2004.[Photo by Chan Yat-nin/for China Daily]

A fisherman grabs a quick meal on a trawler in October 2004.[Photo by Chen Haiwen/for China Daily]

Door gods ward off evil spirits at the entrance to a temple in October 2004.[Photo by Wang Dajun/China Daily]

Monks perform a ceremony as a glass box containing a rare bone relic of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, arrives in Macao on April 30,2012. Ho Hauwah (1st left), vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and Chui Saion (2nd left), chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, attend the ceremony.[Photo by Lu Zhongqiu/China Daily]

A newspaper provides a moment to enjoy the lighter side of life on Dec 11,2008.[Photo by Xia Qinzhi/for China Daily]

A road is paved in October 2004, part of the widespread development that has seen Macao emerge as a global tourist destination.[Photo by Tang Wai-in/for China Daily]

Ho Hau-wah (center), vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, meets with Chan Laiwa (left), deputy director of Committee of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Compatriots and Overseas Chinese of the CPPCC and founder of the China Red Sandalwood Museum, and Zhu Ling, CPPCC member and publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily, in Macao on Nov 18. In hands of Chan and Zhu is a photo album-One Hundred Photographers Focus on Macao-which will be launched on Nov 19 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the return of Macao to China. The book presents a full picture of Macao.[Photo by Geng Feifei/China Daily]