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Martial arts feast in Macau pavilion

2010. 28 February

by Zha Minjie
( The internal design and fit out of the Macau Pavilion for World Expo will be unveiled by the end of March as construction of the building has been completed, Expo officials said in Macau yesterday.

The budget for construction and event exhibitions is "well under control," said Leong Pou Yee, director of the Office for Preparation of Macau's Participation in the Expo.

Statues of Expo mascot "Haibao" appeared at eight locations in Macau yesterday.

Leong said the internal features of the pavilion will be "kept secret" and visitors can explore "that kind of mystery on their own."

But she said traditional Chinese martial arts will play an important part as Macau is famous for kung fu.

She said kung fu will be combined with the martial arts works of Hong Kong writer Louis Cha, better known by his pen name Jin Yong.

Cha's fiction is popular in Chinese-speaking communities around the world, his 15 works earning him a reputation as one of the greatest martial arts writers.

Macau selected martial artists to play 10 popular characters from Cha's works and they will feature in a five-minute online film.

People can take part in an online guessing game to identify the artists at Winners stand to gain free Expo tickets and signed copies of Cha's works.

The film will also be played at a replica of Macau's 93-year-old Tak Seng On Pawnshop in the Expo Urban Best Practices Area.

The pawnshop closed in 1993 but the Macau government allocated 1.4 million patacas (US$175,300) to restore the old building in 2001, making it into a museum of the pawn industry which is closely tied with Macau's gambling industry.

The replica pawnshop will feature a library of Cha's works on its second floor.

"It has almost the same decorations as that in Macau," said Leong.