Macau, located on the southeast coast of China, is a special administrative region of the country. Being Asia's well-known gambling Mecca, Macau is a place to find the traditional Chinese culture while enjoying the exotic Portuguese buildings. The name of the city is derived from the word Magao (A-Ma Temple), which was the shrine dedicated to Mazu, a sacred sea goddess respected by the local people. It was said that in the middle of sixteenth century when the Portuguese first set foot there, one of the officers asked a fisherman the name of the land. The man misunderstanding the officer Republic of China on December 20, 1999 as a special administrative region.
The land of the city is quite small covering an area of just 27.5 square kilometers. The total population is 469,800 of which 95% are Chinese, the remainder being Portuguese and other westerners.
Located on the Southeast coast of China on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta, Macau borders on Guangdong Province. It is 60 kilometers from Hong Kong and 145 kilometers from the city of Guangzhou.
The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is a territory of the People's Republic of China, comprising the Macau Peninsula (which is 8.8 square kilometers and connected to Mainland China), the islands of Taipa (6.4 square kilometers) and Coloane (7.6 square kilometers plus the further 4.7 square kilometers of COTAI, the area reclaimed from the sea).
There are three bridges connecting the city to Taipa namely Macau-Taipa Bridge (Nobre de Carvalho, 2.5 kilometers long), the Friendship Bridge (4.5 kilometers long) and Sai Van Bridge (2.2 kilometers long). The Friendship Bridge leads directly to Macau International Airport located on the Island of Taipa. The Sai Van Bridge, which was opened on 9 January 2005, is the first cable-stayed bridge in the city. This double deck bridge has six lanes on the upper deck and four on the lower, which will open whenever a typhoon hits the city. The two islands are connected by a causeway in the middle of which is the Lotus Bridge that connects the islands to Guangdong Province.
People & Language
There is a total population of 469,800 in Macau of which 95% are Chinese, the remaining 5% being Portuguese and other westerners. The majority resides on the Macau Peninsular. Both Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages. Cantonese is popular among residents and most people can understand Mandarin. English is also widely used on most occasions, especially in tourist areas.
Activity in Macau
Macao small country, but to attract tourists from all over the world, can not be attributed to the colorful entertainment life, both mysterious and charming and rich metropolis color.
Annual Green Prix racing will be gathered around the master and tourists; Macau's gaming industry is famous, known as "gambling port; sauna, nightclubs Macau nightlife important part. Macau is a city that never sleeps, and many shops, bars, restaurants are open all night, even in the middle of the night, visitors can also enjoy a cuisine.
Macao's gaming and entertainment experience to Macau not, can not be regarded as actually been to Macau. Macau Casino has a total of eight, are located in the Hotel Lisboa, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Golden Mile Hotel, Hyatt Regency, New Century Hotel, Holiday Inn, Riverside New Street Sea Palace with the new road Jinbi casino addition There is also one in the Jockey Club (every weekend and Sunday from 11:00 to next day 3:00 on open), other casinos are open 24 hours a day.
The gaming industry's major types of the lucky betting, dog racing, horse racing, football / basketball betting total of nine casinos, including the Imperial Palace Casino, Holiday, casino wall, the back of the casino, some are located in Lisboa, text Mandarin Oriental, Golden Mile, the Hyatt and the New Century Hotel, are under twenty four hours. Entertainment in general has the following gaming projects: Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, French Roulette, Fan Tan, size, shaking silver machine.
Entertainment venues can pass in and out freely, no admission charges, no clothing restrictions venue. Casino entrances hanging a sign "no win gambling Light Note good builds spare cash to play with, keep entertaining. All casinos operated by the STDM, casino rules. Casinos only accept bets from MOP or HK, if the visitors held foreign currency, and can go to the nearby money exchange shop or bank exchange. In addition, there are some highly ornamental gaming projects, such as the Macau Yat Park greyhound organized Gree dog race, Macau racing car contest, the Macau Jockey Club horse race betting, etc., and some fun, entertaining people disposition There are thrills, and worth a visit.
Associated with the development of the gaming industry in Macau, Macao other entertainment projects to develop, such as a variety of bars, cafes, discos, nightclubs and a variety of performing arts field are Macau recreational good place.
Able to rival with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, only the Macau Jockey Club (Macau Jockey Club). If they think casinos not mean that (B water) Tsai Macau Jockey Club, another is to make you lose (or win) the place of money. Has been a very long history of horse racing in Macau. Can be traced back to 1800. Macau Jockey Club, also known as Racecourse (HIPPODROME), first-class facilities, track conform to world standards, the audience can accommodate 15,000 spectators. Each year from September to June the following year, the racing season in Macau, the Macau Jockey Club will be held in Marseille exciting. Betting on horse races. Way is broadly in line with Hong Kong. Every event, not only the influx of locals, there are a large number of Hong Kong people and tourists around the Jockey Club also has a restaurant and a casino for spectators.
Carney Lindstrom is located in the north of the city of Macau is Asia's only dog track. It is also today all the world's greyhound farm equipment is the most complete one of the venues. On Tuesday, four times a week, four, six, greyhound racing has over 300 hounds to participate in the competition. There when the game broadcast live by radio and television signals emitted signal issued by the broadcast studio in dog racing. Lisboa Hotel, the Government acknowledges that gambling dog center back Lee's playground and is located in Macau's new road Wing Heng Bldg.
Can enjoy the best shopping in the Asia-Pacific region, in Macau Macau is a duty-free port, and many items are very cheap compared to the surrounding areas, but also many kinds. But be aware that no price tag, shops and some small shops and businesses bargain price preferential.
Macau's own resources is not very rich, and most of its goods are imported goods, where can buy many famous brand clothing, furniture, antiques, gold and silver jewelry, handicrafts, a variety of printed materials, digital electronic products and Portugal alcohol and so on, but before you purchase these items, the tourists must have some knowledge of these commodities, such as the purchase of Portuguese wine, it is necessary to distinguish between different origin, and will taste Porto liqueur.