MACAU .. ( Special Administrative Region of China)

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( Special Administrative Region  of China)

In this week, the people of Macao celebrate the 18th anniversary of the return to their motherland (China); And 30th anniversary of the treaty of this return.
I congratulate the Macao people and the entire Chinese people, and I invite my friends and readers to discover this city / region that keeps the Chinese culture and the Portuguese language; And also keeps its special system, different from the rest of China, in politics and economics.


Author: Ming-yen Hsu. Source:

The creation of this administration dates back to the middle of the 16th century, when Macau was colonized and gradually occupied by the Portuguese. They quickly brought prosperity to the area, making it a major city and an important intermediary in trade between China, Europe and Japan, reaching its peak in the late 16th century and early Seventeenth century. . In 1987, after intense negotiations between Portugal and China, the two countries agreed that Macau would return to Chinese sovereignty on December 20, 1999. Today, Macao is experiencing rapid economic growth, based on the strong development of tourism and gambling. Casino turnover is four times higher than in Las Vegas, making Macau one of the richest cities in the world. Orson Welles has called it “the most perverted city in the world” and the poet W. H. Auden “city of indulgence“.
Macau is made up of the Macau Peninsula and two islands, Taipa and Coloane, which are linked together by land gained from the sea (the Cotai Isthmus), totaling an area of ​​30.3 km2, with a population of 650 834 inhabitants in 2016.


the evolution of Macau, and its gains of territories on the sea, since the arrival of the Portuguese between 1554 and 1557, until 2004.

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Macau is a small, very open and liberal market economy, with free movement of capital, the result of its long history as a free port. The official currency used in Macao is Pataca, which is linked to the Hong Kong dollar. Macau has been part of the World Trade Organization since 1 January 1995.

Macau‘s economy is largely based on the tertiary sector, particularly in games of chance and chance, with several large casinos located in very luxurious hotels and surrounded by shops specializing in mortgages, thus bringing together three very lucrative activities related to each other, and tourism.
In 2006, the World Tourism Organization ranked Macau as the world’s 21st largest tourist destination and the 24th largest tourist destination.


Venetian Macau

A skyscraper built in Macau from 2005 to 2007. It houses 39 floors and 154 meters high a casino and a hotel of 3,000 rooms which is one of the largest in the world.

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Venetian Macau

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Ceiling of the entrance way at the Macau Venetian


Grand Lisboa Macau

Grand Lisboa a 58-floor 258 metres (846 ft) . The casino and restaurants within Grand Lisboa were opened on February, 11, 2007, while the hotel is completed in 2008.

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Grand Lisboa Macau


Golden Sand

The Sands Macau is an ensemble consisting of a hotel and a casino. Directed by Steelman Partners, it belongs to the group Las Vegas Sands. In addition to the casino, the building includes 51 hotel suites. This low number of suites reflects the fact that the casino is primarily aimed at a clientele from China spend a day at the casino.


Wave pool and artificial beach at Galaxy Macau

Author for 3 photos: Ming-yen Hsu. Source:


Galaxy Macau

The Galaxy Macao is a set of 2 buildings built in 2011. This complex includes a casino, many shops (luxury in particular) and several hotels with 2,200 rooms in total.

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Galaxy Macau Night view

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