Introduction

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The Government Headquarters on Avenida da Praia Grande comprises four buildings: the Protocol Palace, the front block and the rear block of the Government Headquarters Administrative Building, the adjoining Government Head Office Auxiliary Bureau Building, and a garden. The whole site has an area of about 7,700 square metres.

The Protocol Palace is of southern European architectural style, with an interior design that perfectly blends Chinese and Western cultures and integrates modern and ancient art. The ground floor houses a meeting room for the Executive......

The Multi-purpose Room

The Multi-purpose Room

This is the venue for events of varying scale, such as press conferences, news briefings, forums and official signing ceremonies. It is also the place where the Chief Executive or the Secretaries meet with large delegations, such as Macao athlete teams gathering to say good-bye to the Chief Executive before setting off for overseas competitions.

Formerly a chamber used by the Legislative Assembly, it was converted into a multi-purpose room with advanced conference facilities during the renovation of the Gover......

The Lotus Room

The Lotus Room

This is the room where the Chief Executive receives his guests. The ceiling is decorated with a lotus pattern, the design elements of the Macao SAR’s flag and emblem. With fewer seats for receiving smaller delegations and groups, the Lotus Room complements the spacious Green Hall, where official meetings with visiting guests are held.

The Grand Hall on the upper floor

The Grand Hall on the upper floor

Entourages and media representatives wait here while visiting guests and the Chief Executive are in meetings. The design of the rosewood furniture in the Grand Hall, made in Guangdong Province during late Qing dynasty or early Republican period, is a fusion of Western and Chinese elements. The wooden furniture’s surfaces are treated with Fujian raw lacquer to enhance gloss and durability.

The large round table at the centre of the Grand Hall has a surface inlaid with artistic and durable red root marble from Dali, Yunnan. It is a single pedestal table......

The Green Hall

The Green Hall

This is the venue where the Chief Executive meets with distinguished guests and visiting delegations. It is fully fitted and decorated with modern furniture. In accordance with protocol practices, the Chief Executive’s seat is to the right of the regional emblem, with senior officials of the SAR Government seated on the first row, and interpreters, clerks and other duty officers on the second row. On the other side sits the leader of the visiting delegation, with delegates on the first row and their working team on the second row.

The Yellow Hall

The Yellow Hall

This is the venue for major ceremonies, such as swearing-in and agreement signing ceremonies. The most notable furniture in here is a set of Chinese six-leg round table together with chairs featuring dragon engravings; it is a typical example of Guangdong rosewood furniture in terms of structure and style. Other than the plain tabletop and chair seats, all surfaces are hollowed out or artistically carved in the most complicated version of Guangdong furniture handicrafts, which made them extremely costly during late Qing dynasty and the early Republican period.

The Blue Hall

The Blue Hall

This is the place for formal occasions, such as banquets hosted by the Macao SAR Government. During solemn ceremonies or grand banquets, the Yellow Hall and the Blue Hall can be connected by opening all the large doors between them.

Decorated with typical Portuguese blue-and-white porcelain tile walls and a blue inlaid carpet for the floor, the Blue Hall provides a dignified and elegant setting for protocol events. The furniture includes several side tables, sideboards and chairs, which mainly match Western ......

The Garden

The Garden

The Government Headquarters Garden is composed of two sections: the Protocol Palace Back Garden and the Protocol Palace Side Garden.

The Back Garden is paved with Portuguese cobblestones and carries a concentric pattern pond in the centre. At the Side Garden, stands a climbing plant fence which separates the garden shed, while keeping the landscape coherence.

Walking down the Back Garden through patches, stairs and lawn, we can find an interesting symmetric structure: the horizontal axis defined by royal palms and the vertical axis def......