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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.)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.)Wynn Macau 

Rua Cidade de Sintra
NAPE
Macau
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $243 - $591 / night

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Location. Wynn Macau is a business friendly hotel located in central Macau, close to Macau World Trade Centre, Superior Court of Macau Building, and Macau Legislative Assembly Building. Additional points of interest include Macau Government Headquarters and Leal Senado. Hotel Features. Wynn Macau features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)The Westin Resort Macau 

1918 Estrada De Hac Sa
Coloane
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $250 - $361 / night

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Location. The Westin Resort Macau is located on the beach in Coloane, close to Macau Golf and Country Club, Hac Sa Beach, and Macau University of Science and Technology. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include University of Macau and Cotai Strip. Resort Features. The Westin Resort Macau features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor pool, an… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)Mandarin Oriental 

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

Price (US$): $395 - $686 / night

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Location. Located in central Macau, Mandarin Oriental is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Tourism Activities Centre, Macau Forum, and Macau Fisherman's Wharf Convention and Exhibition Centre. Additional points of interest include Macau Cultural Centre and Macau World Trade Centre. Hotel Features. Mandarin Oriental's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold… more »

Macao (S.A.R.)Grand Hyatt Macau 

City Of Dreams
Estrade Do Istmo Cotai
Cotai
Macao (S.A.R.)

Price (US$): $269 - $320 / night

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Location. Grand Hyatt Macau is a business friendly hotel located in Cotai, close to Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, and University of Macau. Additional points of interest include Macau Tower and Cotai Strip. Hotel Features. Dining options at Grand Hyatt Macau include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold… 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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