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Macau Travel Guide

Macau Travel Guide

At 38 nautical miles (70 kilometers) apart from Hong Kong and 145 kilometers from Guangzhou, Macau was formerly under the jurisdiction of Xiangshan County, Guangdong Province. It later experienced the Portuguese violent occupation, but eventually returned to the motherland on December 20th 1999 as a Special Administrative Region after 400 years’ foreign occupation.

Macau is home to a myriad of places of interest that have both a Chinese traditional culture and strong Portuguese atmosphere, typically found at the Ruins of St. Paul. Moreover, its thriving lottery industry has the reputation as the “Monte Carlo” of the East. Today, no place in Macau is noisier than the area around the city hall.  The operation of Macau International Airport injects new vitality to the local tourism industry, making Macau a famed cosmopolitan tourist city. 

As a world-famous free-trade port, Macau allows generous duty-free and quota-free policies in the import of raw materials and commercial installations. Also, free inflow and outflow of foreign exchange are guaranteed as a result of the local tariff polices, which are characterized by low tax rate. With all these polices, you may relax and unshackle from your previous concerns to enjoy the streets and beach, shuttle amidst the countless European-style buildings as well as excellent delicacies and different types of vintage wine are also available.

The local export oriented manufacturing industry, tourism and lottery industry, financial industry as well as the real estate industry that constitute the economic landscape of Macau are credited as the four engines driving its economic growth. Among these industries, the tourism and lottery industry that is composed of travel agencies, hotels, casinos, recreational places and other auxiliary tertiary industries contributes the most to the local economy, with its generated income accounting for 1/3 of the local GDP. Located at the northern point of the tropical zone, Macau is subject to the influence of subtropical oceanic monsoons, the favorable conditions provided by which feeds its abounding plant species. Macau has already successfully introduced many plant species that have a high aesthetically and economically due to its age of more than a century. Macau’s economy is well-integrated with the Pearl River Delta, and ever since its return to the homeland, its tie with the mainland has been strengthened with the increased trade exchanges as well as the successive establishments of some major joint committees and other economic and trade cooperation committees (with Chongqing Province, Fujian Province, etc.) at all levels of administration.

In Macau, the local people observe both Chinese and western festivals. As for Chinese traditional festivals, large-scale festivities are held to celebrate festivals such as the Spring and Dragon Boat Festival. From the New Year’s Eve to the end of the next day, a stream of devout worshippers swarm to the Temple of Goddess, whether to show their gratitude for the bliss that goddess bestows on them or to pray for luck in the coming year. Often, these activities are accompanied by setting up firecrackers and fireworks.

Macau is rated as a charming and tranquil city with exotic atmosphere that is tailored to travel and living as it’s free from the boisterousness of any modern metropolis. Since it was opened up as a commercial port 400 years ago, Macau has long been a window through which the Chinese people and people from all parts of the world get to know each other. There, you can find Chinese traditional temples, solemn catholic cathedrals and other world-renowned casinos. It has been attracting investors and tourists from around the globe with its oneness of the Chinese and western cultures as well as its advantageous geographical location.