• DEC 20
    1999
    China resumes sovereignty over Macao.
  • DEC 20
    1999
    Ho Hau-wah is sworn in as chief executive of Macao SAR.
  • MAR 28
    2000
    Lianhua Bridge, the first cross-border bridge linking Hengqin in Zhuhai with Macao, opens to traffic.
  • AUG 30
    2001
    Macao passes legislation to pave the way for opening up gambling industry.
  • SEPT 23
    2001
    The SAR holds the election of its legislative assembly for the first time.
  • FEB 8
    2002
    The SAR govt grants gaming licenses to three companies, ending a four-decade casino monopoly.
  • JULY 28
    2003
    Residents of four cities in Guangdong are allowed to visit Macao as independent travelers.
  • OCT 17
    2003
    The mainland and Macao sign the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement.
  • JAN 1
    2004
    The CEPA comes into effect.
  • AUG 29
    2004
    Ho Hau-wah is re-elected in the second term as chief executive.
  • JULY 15
    2005
    The Historic Center of Macao is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • OCT 29
    2005
    The fourth East Asian Games opens in Macao.
  • DEC
    2006
    Macao is rocked by largest corruption scandal in history, involving transport chief Ao Man-long.
  • AUG
    2007
    The SAR govt amends the free education subsidy system, extending free education to 15 years.
  • MAY 3
    2008
    Macao welcomes the Olympic flame for the first time.
  • DEC 19
    2008
    The central govt rolls out nine measures in six areas to support Macao to overcome financial crisis.
  • JUNE 27
    2009
    The NPC authorizes jurisdiction of University of Macao's new campus on Hengqin Island to Macao.
  • JULY 26
    2009
    Chui Sai-on is elected in the third term as chief executive.
  • NOV
    2009
    The State Council approves the SAR to reclaim 361.65 hectares of land to create new urban zones.
  • DEC 15
    2009
    Construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge begins.
  • DEC 18
    2010
    A pair of giant pandas named Kaikai and Xinxin arrive in Macao as gifts from the central govt.
  • MAR 16
    2011
    A separate chapter is devoted to Hong Kong and Macao in the outline of the 12th Five-year Plan.
  • FEB 21
    2012
    Macao's first light rail system - Light Rapid Transit - starts construction.
  • MAY 31
    2012
    Ao Man-long is sentenced by the Court of Final Appeal of Macao to 29 years in jail over corruption charges.
  • JUNE 30
    2012
    Macao finishes amending methods for selecting CE, forming legislative assembly.
  • JULY 20
    2013
    University of Macao's new campus on Hengqin Island starts operation.
  • AUG 31
    2014
    Chui Sai-on is re-elected in the fourth term as chief executive.
  • DEC 16
    2015
    The State Council endorses an updated map of administrative divisions for the Macao SAR.
  • DEC 20
    2016
    Eligible Macao-registered vehicles are allowed to enter and exit Hengqin.
  • JULY 1
    2017
    A framework agreement on deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation is signed.
  • JULY 7
    2017
    The underwater tunnel section of the HZMB is completed.
  • OCT 31
    2017
    Macao is designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
  • MAR 15
    2018
    The Macao border zone of the HZMB is officially handed over to Macao.
  • SEPT
    2018
    The Macao SAR Safeguarding National Security Commission is set up.
  • OCT 24
    2018
    The HZMB opens to traffic.
  • FEB 18
    2019
    The outline development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is unveiled.
  • AUG 25
    2019
    Ho Iat-seng is elected in the fifth term as chief executive.
  • OCT 26
    2019
    The NPC authorizes the jurisdiction of Macao's port zone at Hengqin port and extended areas to the SAR.
  • DEC 10
    2019
    The Macao LRT is officially put into operation.
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  • DEC 20
    1999
    China resumes sovereignty over Macao.
  • DEC 20
    1999
    Ho Hau-wah is sworn in as chief executive of Macao SAR.
  • MAR 28
    2000
    Lianhua Bridge, the first cross-border bridge linking Hengqin in Zhuhai with Macao, opens to traffic.
  • AUG 30
    2001
    Macao passes legislation to pave the way for opening up gambling industry.
  • SEPT 23
    2001
    The SAR holds the election of its legislative assembly for the first time.
  • FEB 8
    2002
    The SAR govt grants gaming licenses to three companies, ending a four-decade casino monopoly.
  • JULY 28
    2003
    Residents of four cities in Guangdong are allowed to visit Macao as independent travelers.
  • OCT 17
    2003
    The mainland and Macao sign the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement.
  • JAN 1
    2004
    The CEPA comes into effect.
  • AUG 29
    2004
    Ho Hau-wah is re-elected in the second term as chief executive.
  • JULY 15
    2005
    The Historic Center of Macao is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • OCT 29
    2005
    The fourth East Asian Games opens in Macao.
  • DEC
    2006
    Macao is rocked by largest corruption scandal in history, involving transport chief Ao Man-long.
  • AUG
    2007
    The SAR govt amends the free education subsidy system, extending free education to 15 years.
  • MAY 3
    2008
    Macao welcomes the Olympic flame for the first time.
  • DEC 19
    2008
    The central govt rolls out nine measures in six areas to support Macao to overcome financial crisis.
  • JUNE 27
    2009
    The NPC authorizes jurisdiction of University of Macao's new campus on Hengqin Island to Macao.
  • JULY 26
    2009
    Chui Sai-on is elected in the third term as chief executive.
  • NOV
    2009
    The State Council approves the SAR to reclaim 361.65 hectares of land to create new urban zones.
  • DEC 15
    2009
    Construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge begins.
  • DEC 18
    2010
    A pair of giant pandas named Kaikai and Xinxin arrive in Macao as gifts from the central govt.
  • MAR 16
    2011
    A separate chapter is devoted to Hong Kong and Macao in the outline of the 12th Five-year Plan.
  • FEB 21
    2012
    Macao's first light rail system - Light Rapid Transit - starts construction.
  • MAY 31
    2012
    Ao Man-long is sentenced by the Court of Final Appeal of Macao to 29 years in jail over corruption charges.
  • JUNE 30
    2012
    Macao finishes amending methods for selecting CE, forming legislative assembly.
  • JULY 20
    2013
    University of Macao's new campus on Hengqin Island starts operation.
  • AUG 31
    2014
    Chui Sai-on is re-elected in the fourth term as chief executive.
  • DEC 16
    2015
    The State Council endorses an updated map of administrative divisions for the Macao SAR.
  • DEC 20
    2016
    Eligible Macao-registered vehicles are allowed to enter and exit Hengqin.
  • JULY 1
    2017
    A framework agreement on deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cooperation is signed.
  • JULY 7
    2017
    The underwater tunnel section of the HZMB is completed.
  • OCT 31
    2017
    Macao is designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
  • MAR 15
    2018
    The Macao border zone of the HZMB is officially handed over to Macao.
  • SEPT
    2018
    The Macao SAR Safeguarding National Security Commission is set up.
  • OCT 24
    2018
    The HZMB opens to traffic.
  • FEB 18
    2019
    The outline development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is unveiled.
  • AUG 25
    2019
    Ho Iat-seng is elected in the fifth term as chief executive.
  • OCT 26
    2019
    The NPC authorizes the jurisdiction of Macao's port zone at Hengqin port and extended areas to the SAR.
  • DEC 10
    2019
    The Macao LRT is officially put into operation.