- Macau is a Special Administrative Region on the People’s Republic of China.
- Macau was a Portuguese territory until 1999.
Located on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong.
Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip have earned it the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia.”
- One of its more striking landmarks is 338 meter high Macau Tower.
- Macau’s Historic Centre has narrow alleyways, colorful colonial homes and grand Senado Square.
Up a steep staircase, the Ruins of St. Paul’s encompass the baroque facade of a 17th-century Jesuit church.
The 16th-century A-Ma Temple is dedicated to the Taoist goddess of mariners.
Hilltop Fortaleza do Monte is a Jesuit fort from 1626, while adjoining Museum of Macau highlights the territory’s history.
Lou Lim Ieoc, a 19th-century Chinese garden, has winding paths, bamboo groves and bridges.
Coloane’s Hac Sa Beach is known for its black sand.
Macanese cuisine fuses Asian and European flavours
- Population: 612,000
- Area: 23.8 sq km (9 sq miles)
- Major languages: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), Portuguese
- Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity
- Life expectancy: 81 years (men), 87 years ( women)
- Currency: Pataca
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