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Macau


The Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is also known as Macao or Macau. It is situated on the southern Chinese coast to the west side of the Pearl River Delta. The South China Sea is to its east and south. It is about 140 kms from the Chinese city of Guangzhou and 70 km from Hong Kong.


Macanese are inhabitants of Macau but earlier they were a group of Chinese people mixed with the Portuguese. Macau was known as Ou Mun meaning “trading gate”, as it was strategically located along the silk route and other trading routes. The Macanese speak Cantonese, Portuguese and English.


The Senado Square is in the heart of Macau. There are shopping streets, markets and centres.There are numerous parks and museums in Macau. Some of them are The Museum of the Holy house of Mary, The Jade cultural Museum, The Grand Prix Museum, The Wine Museum and The Maritime Museum. There are many ancient churches, temples and church ruins too.


The ruins of the church of the Mother of God is one of the most famous tourist spots in Macau. It is now known as St. Paul’s. It was designed by an Italian and with the help of Japanese workers the church was finished in 1637. It was destroyed by fire a few times but was rebuilt too after that.The Macau Grand Prix is a famous event and people from all over the world to watch it as well go sight seeing and shopping.

 




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