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  • The Ruins of St. Paul's
    The Ruins of St. Paul's
  • Macau Street Scene
    Macau Street Scene
  • A-Ma Temple
    A-Ma Temple
  • A Statue of Kun Lam
    A Statue of Kun Lam
  • Macau Street
    Macau Street
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The area of Macau includes a small peninsula jutting off the southern edge of China as well as the nearby islands of Taipa and Coloane. Although it covers an area of only about 20 square kilometers (about 8 square miles), Macau has an ever-increasing population (currently of around 500,000) and a booming economy. This is an area with a fantastic mix of cultures. Its population is 95% Chinese while 5% is Portuguese and immigrants from other countries. The most common language is Cantonese although Mandarin, English, and Portuguese are spoken too.

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 When to Go
Winters (January to March) in Macau are sunny but chilly. Summers (April to September) are hot, humid and host to the occasional typhoon. The sunny but low humidity days of autumn (October to December) are the best time to visit Macau. Annual temperatures average just over 20 degrees centigrade. The temperature, coupled with high humidity averaging between 73% and 90%, result in an average annual rainfall of 40 and 80 inches.

 What to See

Macau Map
Macau Map
From Hong Kong you can reach Macau by jetfoil, which makes the area a popular day-trip destination. Many of the area's historic attractions are concentrated towards the centre of the peninsula, but the city's unique cultural atmosphere exists throughout. This atmosphere has been created by the area's special ability to blend the European and Oriental cultures of its citizens. The Ruins of St Paul's is the symbol of Macau, and Monte Fort overlooks most of Macau from its high vantage point and central position. The three ancient temples are the A-ma Temple with a history of over 500 years, the most famous and impressive Kun Iam Temple, and one of the finest temples in Macau - Lin Fung Temple. The financial success of the region is due largely to the influx of tourists who come here to visit and to play in the most famous sites - the Casinos. There are many types of gambling waiting to be played, such as horse racing and dog racing. The largest and most famous casino here is situated within the Lisboa Hotel and the atmosphere here at night is exciting. If you come for the gambling, Macau may seem like paradise. Macau is also a free port, pursuing a low tax policy.

Tourists can completely relax by wandering along the Portuguese-named streets, lingering on the clean beaches or sight seeing among the rows upon rows of European-style buildings. Macau has a little bit of culture for everyone. For historical culture there are amazing churches and museums, and for local culture the beaches, attractions and nightlife are like no other city in the world.

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