While in Hong Kong we went for a day-trip to Macau and learned something new!
We never knew that Macau was a old Portuguese trading port. All the street signs are written in 3 languages, Chinese, English and Portuguese.
Here a little bit of history:
Macau was administered by the Portuguese Empire and its inheritor states from the mid-16th century until late 1999, when it constituted the last remaining European colony in Asia. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 1550s. In 1557, Macau was leased to Portugal from Ming China as a trading port. The Portuguese Empire administered the city under Chinese authority and sovereignty until 1887, when Macau became a colony through an agreement forced by Portugal after instability in China. Sovereignty over Macau was transferred back to China on 20 December 1999.
Nowadays Macau has become known worldwide as the “Gambling capital of the world” or “Monte Carlo of the Orient”. Gambling tourism is Macau’s biggest source of revenue, making up about 50% of the economy. Visitors are made up largely of Chinese nationals from mainland China and Hong Kong. With the entry of large foreign casinos from Las Vegas and Australia, Macau overtook the Las Vegas Strip in gambling revenues in 2007.
After the city walk we tested our luck at one of the 38 casinos, but went home empty handed… and almost missed the boat back to Hong Kong.
Enjoy the pictures!
Ruínas de São Paulo
Street signs in 3 different languages
Dom Pedro V Theatre
St. Dominic’s Church
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