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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.)Crown Towers 

1 Estrada Do Istmo
Cotai
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $234 - $235 / night

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Location. Located in Cotai, Crown Towers is near the airport and close to Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, and Macau Cultural Centre. Nearby points of interest also include Cotai Strip and University of Macau. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Crown Towers offers a coffee shop/café and a grocery/convenience store. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)Hotel Okura Macau 

Galaxy Macau TM Resort
Ave Marginal Flor De Lotus
Cotai
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $178 - $398 / night

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Location. Hotel Okura Macau is located on the beach in Cotai, close to Museum of Taipa and Coloane History, Flower City Garden, and Hac Sa Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Macau University of Science and Technology and University of Macau. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Hotel Okura Macau offers a coffee shop/café and a grocery. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… 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 »

Macao (S.A.R.)Grand Lisboa Macau 

Avenida de Lisboa
Macau
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $271 - $324 / night

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Location. Grand Lisboa Macau is located in central Macau, close to Cineteatro Macau, Senado Square, and Fortaleza do Monte. Nearby points of interest also include Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral and Leal Senado. Hotel Features. Grand Lisboa Macau features a coffee shop/café. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. There is a full service health spa on site. This 4.5 star property has a business center and offers limo/town car service. This Macau property has… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)Banyan Tree Macau 

Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus
Cotai
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $489 - $528 / night

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Location. Banyan Tree Macau is located in Cotai, close to Macau Olympic Complex, Cotai Strip, and Macau University of Science and Technology. Nearby points of interest also include University of Macau and Macau Tower. Hotel Features. Dining options at Banyan Tree Macau include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a health club. The property's full service health spa has body treatments. Complimentary wireless… 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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