Why is Macau Special?

The city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, and its GDP per capita by purchasing power parity is one of the highest in the world. It has a very high Human Development Index, as calculated by the Macau government, and the fourth-highest life expectancy in the world.

What language is spoken in Macau?

Macao/Official languages

People and languages. The two official languages of Macau are Chinese and Portuguese, although the latter is only spoken by a small minority. English is also widely spoken. In 2018 Reuters stated “there are signs that Chinese is being prioritized in government.”

What is the capital of Macau?

Capital of Macau: Not applicable. As a semi-autonomous region, Macau does not have a capital, it is its own capital. (Cotai, the reclaimed land between the islands of Taipa and Coloane, had not been assigned to any of the parishes as of 2005).

How is Macau so rich?

Tourism and gambling Tourism is the backbone of Macau’s economy, and much of it geared towards gambling, which was legalised in the 19th century and has since been the linchpin of the economy and an important source of revenue for the government.

When was Macau handed over to China?

20 December 1999
The colony remained under Portuguese rule until 20 December 1999, when it was transferred to China and became the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. This marked the end of nearly 600 years of European colonial era.

Why was Macau handed over to China?

Macau is a small but important port city on the south coast of China, just south of Guangzhou and about 65km from Hong Kong. It was leased to Portugal in 1557 and officially became a Portuguese colony in 1887. “When the Portuguese had complete rule of Macau, they had to negotiate with China because it is so close.

How old is Macau?

About 464 years

What is the currency of Macau?

Macanese pataca
Macau has its own currency: the Macau Pataca. This is often abbreviated to “MOP”. Hong Kong Dollars are also widely by Macau vendors at a 1:1 exchange rate.

What ocean is Macau in?

Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province in the north and facing the South China Sea in the east and south.

Is Macau safe at night?

For the most part Macau is very safe and visitors experience very low levels of crime. However, visitors should take the usual precautions that they would take in any city, eg take extra care of passports, credit cards and money in crowded areas and late at night.