Inauguration of the exhibition “Typa Anchorage: Names of the Past and the Present”

Date of publication: 20/04/2018
Type: Exhibition

Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the exhibition “Typa Anchorage: Names of the Past and the Present” was inaugurated on Thursday, 19 April, at 6:30pm, at the Nostalgic House of Taipa Houses and was officiated by the Deputy Chief of the Department of Publicity and Culture of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao S.A.R., Xin Jianbo; the Head of the Department of Exhibitions and Museums of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, Lei Lai Kio; the member of the Cultural Consultative Committee, Sam Io Cheong; and the Principal of the Macao Lingnan Middle School, Ao Cam Iong.

The current Cotai District was once the location of the Taipa Anchorage, through which many foreign commercial vessels frequently passed. This exhibition, to be held in the former Taipa Anchorage area, will introduce visitors to this piece of land, showing the place names of the past and present and the historical stories which took place here. The exhibition will showcase various artefacts of historical significance, including ancient maps of Macao such as the “Map of the Typa Anchorage and of Macao in the 18th Century” and the “Map of Macao and the islands in its vicinity (1891)”, as well as ancient books like Hai Dao Tu Shuo (The China Sea Directory) and Guangdong Tongzhi (Guangdong Annals) of the Qing dynasty, along with the e-book version of Hai Dao Tu Shuo available for visitors to get to know its intriguing content.

The exhibition also features the activity “Searching for “You” – Check in with the place name in Taipa and Coloane”, in which participants will stand a chance to receive a souvenir after completing the specified steps. In order to complement the exhibition, the Cultural Affairs Bureau will also hold two workshops namely “Because of You – Greeting cards DIY Workshop for Mother’s Day” at the House for Receptions of Taipa Houses on Saturday, 12 May from 2pm to 5pm. The workshops are open to participants aged between 4 and 12 (accompanied by one parent). Each workshop is limited to 16 participants. Admission is free. Interested parties can register for the workshops through the “Activity Registration System” on IC’s website ( from 23 to 30 April. If the number of applicants exceeds the maximum capacity, successful applicants will be selected by drawing lots and will be notified by SMS and by phone one week before the activity starts. For enquiries about the workshops, please contact the staff members of IC, Mr. Io through tel. no. 8988 4189 or Ms. Sio through tel. no. 8988 4177 during office hours.

The exhibition “Typa Anchorage: Names of the Past and the Present” is held from 20 April to 18 June at the Nostalgic House of Taipa Houses. Admission is free. The venue is open daily from 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6:30pm) and closes on Mondays. Free guided tours in Cantonese and Mandarin are available every Saturday from 4pm to 5pm during the exhibition period. For details on the exhibition, please visit the Cultural Affairs Bureau’s website at For enquiries, please contact IC through tel. no. 8988 4000 during office hours.

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