• 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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