Macao or officially the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, it is the most densely populated region in the world. Formerly a colony of the Portuguese Empire. The colony remained under Portuguese rule until 1999, when it was transferred to China.
The unique blend of Portuguese and Cantonese architecture in the city’s historic center led to its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005. Macau is located on China’s southern coast, 60 km (37 mi) west of Hong Kong, on the western side of the Pearl River estuary.
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As the first and last European colony in East Asia, Macau has more visible colonial history than Hong Kong. The buildings and cobblestone or patterned brick streets in many parts of the city, particularly the center of the old city and *Coloane (map), look much like somewhere in Mediterranean Europe.
Besides buildings, there are also hundreds of narrow alleyways forming a maze in the old part of Macau where the people of Macau carry out businesses and work. If the sheer density of humans gets to you, take a break and enjoy several pretty gardens or head to the islands.
Macau’s two beaches, Hac Sa (黑沙, map) and Cheoc Van (竹灣, map), are on the southern side of Coloane island.
A list of the hiking and cycling paths is available at the IAM website.
The greatest concentration of restaurants is in the Peninsula, where they are scattered throughout the district. Taipa is now a major destination for those going for Portuguese and Macanese food and there are many famous restaurants on the island.
There are a variety of bars and clubs along the Avenida Sun Yat Sen (map) close to the Kum Iam Statue (map) and the Cultural Centre (map) where you can have a good night out.