MACAO, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has made continuous efforts to tap potentials for community economy by turning historical communities into areas with cultural and leisure touches.
The Macao SAR government on Thursday announced a plan to further develop Lai Chi Vun Shipyards, the site of a former shipyard on Coloane Island, into a unique leisure park themed on the shipbuilding industry, once a unique industry of Macao.
The government said it planned to build a hall to display the history of Lai Chi Vun and the shipbuilding industry, set up artistic installations, organize cultural and art performances, and build facilities for children.
Meanwhile, the area surrounding Rua da Felicidade, a centuries-old street in the center of Macao Peninsula, is turned into a pedestrian zone featuring art installations, markets, games and performances, starting Thursday.
During the upcoming eight-day holiday, local residents and tourists can experience the history of the pedestrian zone and shop at markets selling cultural and handicraft products with Macao flavors, aiming to boost the community economy, according to the Macao SAR government.
This year, China's National Day holiday extends from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, including the Mid-Autumn Festival. The National Day is celebrated on Oct. 1, and the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 29, a traditional Chinese festival of family reunions.
On Friday evening, two outdoor concerts themed on the moon and the Mid-Autumn Festival will be staged in front of the landmark Ruins of St. Paul's, which is near the pedestrian zone.
During this year's Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, a main avenue at the heart of the Macao Peninsula, was turned into a pedestrian lane.
Within three days time, locals and tourists swarmed in to take snaps on the road that was dotted with rabbit-themed decorations, artificial vegetation and cloud-shaped lighting equipment. Various performances were also staged.
The Macao SAR government said the moves are aimed at promoting integrated development of the cultural and tourism industries and helping with Macao's appropriate economic diversification.