Macao's Chinese Architecture

Jeremy Tambling and Louis Lo

in Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099371
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207660 | DOI:
Macao's Chinese Architecture

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This chapter discusses Chinese architecture and shows that the baroque also integrates nature and culture. The discussion considers buildings and spaces, all Chinese in design, which are the opposite of the official, civic, and defensive buildings that represent the public face of Portuguese colonialism. These often show a certain repression of the baroque, preferring the neo-classical. It is important to note that only those structures that are part of the “heritage” of Macao are discussed.

Keywords: Chinese architecture; baroque; nature; culture; Portuguese colonialism; repression; neo-classical; heritage of Macao

Chapter.  4372 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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