Macau City (澳门市) was occupied by the Portuguese and returned to China in December 20 1999. It is one of the two Special Administrative Region (SAR) in China, the other one being Hong Kong SAR. Macau City is not under Guangdong Province but is classified here for ease of searching.
The name Macau is derived from the word Magao (A-Ma Temple), which were shrines dedicated to Mazu, a popular sea goddess respected by Macau, and other seafaring communities in southern China including Taiwan.
Macau City is home to a booming gambling industry and it is known as the “Las Vegas of the East”. Apart from the many splendid casinos, the Macau Jockey Club also attracts horse racing fans from around the region.
There are plenty of historical and cultural buildings in Macau. The busiest central area of the city is the main square, Largo do Senado, which is surrounded by many Portuguese and baroque style buildings featuring shops, curio markets and food stalls.
Other attractions include the Museum of Macau, Ruins of St Pau’s and A-Ma Temple. The outlying islands of Taipa and Coloane feature tranquil natural and beach sceneries and are good choice for those looking for a quiet getaway.
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