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Macao (S.A.R.)

Background

Macao (S.A.R.)

Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be practiced in Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the next 50 years.

About

Macau (also spelled Macao, 澳門, Ou3 Mun4 in Cantonese, Àomén in Mandarin) is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Located across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong, until 1999 Macau was an overseas territory of Portugal. The world's most densely populated country, Macau is best known as Asia's largest destination for gambling taking in even more revenue than Las Vegas.

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Macao (S.A.R.)MGM Macau 

Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen
NAPE
Macau
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $230 - $669 / night

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Location. MGM Macau is a business friendly hotel located in central Macau, close to Statue of Guan Yin, Macau World Trade Centre, and Macau Cultural Centre. Additional points of interest include Senado Square and Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre. Hotel Features. Dining options at MGM Macau include 12 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna,… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)Conrad Macao Cotai Central 

Estrada do Istmo, n/n, Taipa
At Sands Cotai Central Cotai Strip
Cotai
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $218 - $869 / night

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Location. Located in Cotai, Conrad Macao Cotai Central is near the airport and close to Macau East Asian Games Dome, Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, and Macau University of Science and Technology. Additional points of interest include University of Macau and Macau Tower. Hotel Features. Dining options at Conrad Macao Cotai Central include 8 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)L'Arc Macau 

Avenida 24 De Junho
Nape
Macau
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $230 - $724 / night

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Location. L'Arc Macau is a business friendly hotel located in central Macau, close to Macau World Trade Centre, Macau Cultural Centre, and Tourism Activities Centre. Additional points of interest include Macau Forum and Superior Court of Macau Building. Hotel Features. Dining options at L'Arc Macau include 5 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)Four Seasons Hotel Macao at Cotai Strip 

Estrada Da Baia De N. Senhora
Esperanca, Sn
Cotai
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $333 - $2203 / night

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Location. Four Seasons Hotel Macao at Cotai Strip is a business friendly hotel located in central Cotai, close to Cotai Arena, Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, and Macau University of Science and Technology. Additional points of interest include University of Macau and Macau Tower. Hotel Features. Dining options at Four Seasons Hotel Macao at Cotai Strip include 3 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central 

Cotai Strip, Taipa
Cotai
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $114 - $385 / night

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Location. Located in Cotai, Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central is near the airport and close to Cotai Arena, Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, and Macau Cultural Centre. Additional points of interest include Macau University of Science and Technology and University of Macau. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central include 3 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet… more »

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Macao (S.A.R.)

Full name
Macau Special Administrative Region
Capital
Macao
Location

Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China

Geographic coordinates

22 10 N, 113 33 E

Area comparative

less than one-sixth the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

41 km

Climate

subtropical; marine with cool winters, warm summers

Terrain

generally flat

Lowest point

South China Sea 0 m

Highest point

Coloane Alto 172 m

Natural resources

NEGL

Population

567,957 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Chinese 94.3%, other 5.7% (includes Macanese - mixed Portuguese and Asian ancestry) (2006 census)

Religions

Buddhist 50%, Roman Catholic 15%, none or other 35% (1997 est.)

Languages

Cantonese 85.7%, Hokkien 4%, Mandarin 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 2.7%, English 1.5%, Tagalog 1.3%, other 1.6% (2001 census)

Government type

limited democracy

Independence

none (special administrative region of China)

National holiday

National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 20 December 1999 is celebrated as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

Chief of state

President of China HU Jintao (since 15 March 2003)

Head of government

Chief Executive Fernando CHUI Sai-on (since 20 December 2009)

Internet country code

.mo

Internet users

270,200 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Macau

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