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.

Old town photo gallery  - 32 pictures of Old town
East of the old town photo gallery  - 20 pictures of East of the old town
Coloane photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Coloane
Taipa photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Taipa
32 photos of the historic centre of Macau, with many interesting colonial era buildings and sites
20 photos of historic sites in the eastern part of the Macau peninsula, including the Guia fortress, the Lou Lim Loc gardens and St Michael's
14 photos of Coloane, the southernmost island of the Macau area, with nice beaches and the St Francis Javier chapel
23 photos of Taipa, a former island south of Macau, with charming neighbourhoods and a rich cultural heritage
Casino district photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Casino district
Mazu Tin Hau temple photo gallery  - 22 pictures of Mazu Tin Hau temple
Panoramic and other photos photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Panoramic and other photos
Shops in Macau photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Shops in Macau
24 photos of the casino and hotel area between Macau and Taipa, with many large casinos and hotels
22 photos of the Mazu Tin Hau Chinese temple, dedicated to the goddess Mazu
16 miscellaneous photos and panoramic views of Macau
11 photos of Chinese pharmacies, other traditional Chinese shops and modern retail outlets in Macau
Gallery with all images
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