Macao - 澳門
Capital: Macau 澳門, NOT BEING USED
Currency: Pataca(MOP)
Population: 552,503 (Yr 2011) - [Ranking: 170]
Area(km2): 30.00 (11.00 sq miles) - [Ranking: 241]
Telephone Code: 853
Continent: Asia
Languages:
Chinese (official), Portuguese (official), Cantonese, Putonghua (Mandarin), English
Some things about the country Edit
Macau Situated on Westside of the Pearl River Delta of China and about an hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, Macau is one of the two Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of China. In 1557, Macau was rented out to Portugal by Qin Dynasty and it became a Portuguese colony in 1887. On December 20, 1999, Macau was returned to China; and was granted, under the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration’s “One Country, Two systems”, a period of 50 years of autonomy. Macau’s economy is mainly depending on its gambling and tourism. Basically all brand name casinos in Las Vegas, i.e. Sands, Galaxy, MGM, Venetian, etc. can be found in this city. With its gambling revenue surpassing Las Vegas, Macau definitely is the “Las Vegas in Asia”. Like Las Vegas, in addition to its gambling facilities, Macau has lots of world class entertaining performances offered for its tourists. Among all these great performances, “House of Dancing Water” is, by far, the most famous show and it is a “Must to See” for its tourist. Though Macau has its own currency Macau Dollar (1 Hong Kong Dollar = 1.03 Macau Dollar), Hong Kong Dollar and other major currencies, RMB, USD, etc., are well accepted. As Macau Dollar cannot be used outside Macau, tourists should convert all their Macau currency to the other major currencies before they leave the city. The official language for Macau is Mandarin; Cantonese, however, is the most spoken language in the city. English is its third popular language and is used in most of the casinos and tourist attractions. Portuguese, with the exception among the older folks, is hardly used these days in Macau.
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