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