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Macau Travel Guide

Macau Overview

Situated on the Southeastern coast of China, Macau is 60 kilometers west of Hong Kong and 145 kilometers south of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province. The territory comprises a peninsula and two islands and the total area is 23.8 square kilometers.
With its location at the mouth of the Pearl River downstream from Guangzhou (Canton), Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China since Dec 20,1999, and, like Hong Kong, benefits from the principle of "one country, two systems´.
It is difficult to find a place so tiny, yet with as rich a past, culture and patrimony as Macau. Macau is a city difficult to point out on a map, yet a walk through its narrow streets and charming squares reveals a unique way of life. Different beliefs, smells, costumes and habits have lived side-by-side, and mixed, for more than four centuries. See how the two major communities, Chinese and Portuguese, have lived together peacefully. Macau´s cultural heritage can be observed in its various museums, as well as in its monuments and buildings.
The tiny SAR is growing in size - with more buildings on reclaimed land - and in the number and diversity of its attractions. The greatest of these continues to be Macau´s unique society, with communities from the East and West complementing each other, and the many people who come to visit.
The name "Macau" is derived from the name of a Chinese goddess, popular with seafarers and fishermen, known as A-Ma. Fishermen from Fujian and farmers from Guangdong were the first known settlers in Macau, who used the coves between the islands and harbours in this area in order to repair their ships and to get fresh supplies of drinking water. During ancient times port city was part of the Silk Road with ships loading here with silk for Rome.
In the early 1550s the Portuguese reached Ou Mun, which the locals also called A Ma Gao, "place of A Ma", in honour of the Goddess of Seafarers, whose temple stood at the entrance to the sheltered Inner Harbour. The Portuguese adopted the name, which gradually changes into the name Macau, and with the permission of Guangdong´s

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