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Macau – Hong Kong’s twin – booms with tourists

Tourists pose for photographs in front of the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral in Macau, China.
Tourists pose for photographs in front of the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral in Macau, China. Bloomberg

It was the last European colony and lies across the Pearl River from Hong Kong. When sovereignty passed from Portugal to China in 1999, Macau – like Hong Kong – retained its existing legal system and other freedoms under China’s “one country, two systems” policy.

Macau is one of the richest cities in the world and is a center for gambling. A popular destination for tourists from the People’s Republic? You bet. For them, the Chinese-Portuguese hybrid culture is both traditional and exotic. Staff reports

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