Located in South-East China, Macau (officially Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China) is one of China's two specially-owned regions alongside Hong Kong.
It is one of the oldest European colony in China dating back to the 16th century. The Portuguese Government transferred sovereignty over the region to the People's Republic of China in 1999, and Macau is currently ruled as a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China.
"It has a population of about 650,000 inhabitants and an area of just 11.8 square miles."
Macau is known as the ideal destination for tourists with a passion for gambling, Macau being recognized as the Las Vegas of Asia. Tourism and gambling are the major economic areas that support this state.
Besides the casinos, the numerous bars, restaurants, and luxury hotels, it also offers tourists a vibrant atmosphere with many opportunities for fun and relaxation.
Here are 3 of the probably most well-known things related to Macau:
The Venetian Macao Resort is the second largest casino in the world!
"Venetian Macao Resort" - the giant "Venetian" complex was inaugurated by the billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the owner of a famous casino chain in Las Vegas and the 14th richest man in the world (in 2007).
Decorated as a tribute to Venice the city, with gondolas and channels, the largest casino in Asia opened its gates on 28th of August 2007, the investment reaching a staggering two billion dollars.
The casino, dressed in marble and displaying an Italian-style architecture, stretches an equivalent area of three football fields. The landscape is magnificent, sprinkled with lots of opulent sights including water fountains and gold statues. Venetian Macau employs about 16,000 people, 3,000 hotel rooms, 1150 game tables, 7,000 slot machines, 350 stores, 30 restaurants and the 15,000 seat Cotai-Arena for entertainment and sports events.
“Macau” the card game. Did you know this one?
Macau has even a card game named after itself. The Macau game is a fairly popular interactive card game which, since it has no "official" rules (there is no federation or authority regulating and formalizing the rules for it) has a wide variety of rules or “flavours”.
The number of people that can play the game is between a minimum of two and a maximum of six. When it’s played by two, three or four people, the last player who still has cards in his hands loses the game. When five or six people play, the game finishes after three people are left with no cards in their hand.
Nowadays you can play this game online! There are many versions of this game available, which can be played both on the desktop PC and on your mobile phone!
Macau Tower – the most popular tourist attraction!
Macau Tower is easily the city's most renowned landmark as well as the city's most popular tourist attraction in Macau. Set at 338 meters high and built for telecom and broadcasting, the fun side of the tower is that it includes an observation deck that offers a phenomenal view of the city, as well as a number of restaurants, theatres and shopping opportunities.
Skywalk X offers a stunning stroll on the outer edge of the observation level of the tower and it’s the world's highest bungee leap with a 233-meter drop.
As a conclusion, when it comes to gambling, Macau is officially the gambling capital of the world! So, if you have this passion this is the place for you to visit!