Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East, the land having been rented by Portugal in 1553. It is located just down the Chinese coast from Hong Kong on the South China Sea. Since 1999, it has been a "special administrative region" (SAR)of China, with an autonomous economic system. It has a population of about 449,000 people, 95% of whom are Chinese. There are about 11,000 locally born Portuguese known as Macanese. Macau is a popular gaming destination and the local government gets 70% of its revenues from gambling.
These Chinese New Year decorations are covering the fountain in the center of Senado Square in the historic center of town. The post office is on this square. Note the wavy pattern of the Portuguese tiles.
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of Macau. I've never visited there and would be interested in learning more about it. I am encouraging this person to start a blog and share more pictures, experiences and thoughts from there. I'm sure it would find an receptive readership.
UPDATE: Macau has much to offer visitors besides gambling. It was added to the World Heritage List in July of 2005. For more details please refer to Macau Heritage .