Macau is a former Portuguese colony in southern China, 60km to the west of Hong Kong. The Portuguese settled the area in 1557, creating a colony and a trading centre with China. The colony was returned to China in 1999, which converted it into a special administrative region. Macau kept its economic system, while the Chinese manage its defense and foreign affairs. Macau's economy is based to a large extent on tourism and on gambling, with other economic sectors being textile manufacturing, banking and financial services.
Macao consists of the Macau peninsula and the former islands of Taipa and Coloane, which now have been merged through land reclamation. Its population consists overwhelmingly of Chinese, with a small minority of Macanese, the descendants of Chinese and Portuguese intermarriages. Its cultural and historical heritage is mixed Portuguese-Chinese. Lots of architecture in Macau is typically Portuguese and the official languages are Portuguese and Chinese. Overall the atmosphere in Macau �s much more laid back and less frenetic than Hong Kong.
01 Largo Senado square 02 Street next to Senado square 03 Largo Senado square
04 Largo Senado square 05 Fountain in Senado square 06 Holy house of mercy 07 Largo Senado square
08 Detail of building on Senado square 09 Cathedral 10 Facade of St Dominic church 11 Facade of St Dominic church 12 St Dominic church interior
13 Colonial era building 14 St Paul cathedral and square 15 Ruins of St Paul cathedral 16 Ruins of St Paul cathedral 17 Ruins of St Paul cathedral
18 Mount fortress 19 Mount fortress cannon 20 Mount fortress 21 Statue of chinese warrior 22 Macau museum
23 Wall bas-relief  - Leal Senado building 24 Leal Senado building 25 Senado square at night 26 Senado square at night
27 Tourist office building 28 Fountain in Senado square at night 29 Fountain in Senado square at night 30 Largo Senado square at night
31 Holy house of mercy at night 32 Alley 01 Lou Lim Loc gardens 02 Lou Lim Loc gardens 03 Lou Lim Loc gardens
04 Lou Lim Loc gardens 05 Lou Lim Loc gardens 06 Lou Lim Loc gardens 07 Staircase to Jardim da Vitoria park 08 Cultural institute building
09 Colonial era building 10 Graves in St Michael cemetery 11 Graves in St Michael cemetery 12 Graves in St Michael cemetery 13 Graves in St Michael cemetery
14 Marble bust - St Michael cemetery 15 Graves in St Michael cemetery 16 Guia fortress with chapel and lighthouse 17 Guia fortress with chapel and lighthouse 18 Guia lighthouse
19 Guia lighthouse 20 Guia fortress cannon 01 Fountain 02 Square and fountain 03 Couple in wedding dress
04 Stilt houses 05 Colonial style building 06 St Francis Javier chapel 07 St Francis Javier chapel 08 St Francis Javier chapel
09 St Francis Javier chapel 10 Inside the chapel 11 Inside the chapel 12 Chapel decorations 13 Chapel decorations
14 Tin hau chinese temple 01 Correia da Silva street 02 Correia da Silva street 03 Tin Hau temple
04 Tin Hau temple 05 Tin Hau temple 06 Incense spirals in Tin Hau temple 07 Altar in Tin Hau temple 08 Altar in Tin Hau temple
09 Macau foundation memorial 10 Municipal building 11 Colonial era buildings and Chinese temple
12 Square with gazebo 13 Alley with shops 14 Largo Camoes square
15 Our Lady of Carmel church 16 Taipa library 17 Macanese colonial era houses 18 Macanese colonial era house - living room 19 Macanese colonial era house - kitchen 20 Macanese colonial era house - living room
21 Macanese colonial era houses 22 Macanese colonial era houses 23 Bench 01 Pavement and shops
02 Lisboa casino 03 Lisboa casino 04 Grand Lisboa hotel and casino at night 05 Grand Lisboa hotel and casino at night 06 Grand Lisboa hotel and casino at night
07 Evening view of Casino area 08 Old Lisboa hotel and casino 09 Grand Lisboa hotel and casino at night 10 Grand Lisboa hotel and casino at night
11 Grand Lisboa hotel and casino at night 12 Casino area at night 13 Casino area at night
14 Night view of Casino area 15 Wynn casino at night 16 Construction site 17 Venetian hotel and casino
18 Venetian casino - St Marc clock tower 19 Venetian hotel and casino 20 Venetian casino - Building facade 21 Venetian casino - Rialto bridge staircase 22 Venetian casino - building facade
23 Venetian casino - Gondola operator 24 Venetian casino interior hall 01 Gate to temple road 02 Gate to temple road 03 View of temple and statue of goddess Mazu
04 View of temple and statue of goddess Mazu 05 Staircase to temple 06 Staircase and stone carvings
07 Tiger stone carving 08 Main gate 09 Main gate 10 Ornamental roof
11 Decorated door 12 Inner court 13 Inner court
14 Main building 15 Ornamental roof 16 Main gate 17 Incense burner 18 Pillar with stone carvings
19 Altar with statue of god 20 Altar with statue of goddess 21 Stone carvings on wall 22 Stone carvings on wall
01 Panorama view of Macau 02 Panorama view of Macau
03 Panorama view of Macau 04 Panorama view of Macau
05 Night view of hotel and casino area 06 Night view of hotel and casino area 07 Night view of hotel and casino area 08 Airasia jet in Macau airport
09 Macau airport hall 10 Bridge to Taipa 11 Bridge to Taipa 12 Harbour
13 Speedboat to Hong Kong 14 Speedboat to Hong Kong 15 Macau tower viewing platform 16 Exhibition fair 01 Street with shops
02 Street with shops 03 Pedestrian area with shops 04 Pedestrian area with shops 05 Chinese dried meat for sale 06 Chinese dried meat for sale
07 Dried seafood shop 08 Dried seafood shop 09 Chinese pharmacy 10 Dried seafood 11 Dried seafood
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