Years Visited: 2013 – October,
Macau is one of the two Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of China (the other being Hong Kong). Before the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1999, Macau was an overseas territory of Portugal. Macau was under Portuguese administration for over 400 years.
Macau was one of the earliest European colonies in Asia and the last to be relinquished, thus has a more visible colonial history than neighboring Hong Kong. The Historic Center of Macau is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Photos below are from the historic center.
The Ruins of St. Paul’s is the most famous landmark of Macau. Constructed from 1602 to 1640, the structure was the largest church in Asia at the time. The original structure was made of wood, which burned down in a fire during a typhoon in 1835, leaving only the beautiful granite façade and a grand staircase of 68 stone steps leading up to it. The Ruins is officially listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Historic Center of Macau.
Macau is the gambling capital of East Asia. Macau’s economy is heavily reliant on casino gaming. Macau generates more revenue from gambling than anywhere else on the planet, including “The Strip” in Las Vegas. Below are photos of few of the international casinos you will find in Macau.