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"Portuguese galleons first visited Macau to trade in the early 16th century and in 1557, as a reward for clearing out pirates endemic to the area, they were allowed to establish a tiny enclave here. As trade with China grew so did Macau, which became the principal meeting point between China and the West. However, after the Opium War between the Chinese and the British and the subsequent establishment of Hong Kong, Macau went into a long decline."

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"Before it became a special administrative region of China in 1999, Macau followed the colonial constitution promulgated in 1976; it was administered by a governor, who in agreement with the Legislative Assembly was appointed by the Portuguese president. With the transfer of sovereignty over the territory to China, the Basic Law of the Macau Special Administrative Region, which outlined a policy of “one country, two systems,” went into effect. For a period of 50 years, Macau will thus retain its capitalist economy and some political autonomy, but foreign policy and defense matters will remain under Chinese administration."

Macau History Timeline

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Macau is the only place in China where gambling is allowed."

Customs and Culture:

"Macau's status as an outpost of European settlement and commerce in China and its air of isolation gave it a special historical identity."

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  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: Not required for US citizens for a stay up to 30 days

What to Pack"Yes, Macau has beaches – it’s made up of three islands, and with some savvy bus- or taxi-maneuvering, you can end up spending a whole afternoon sprawled out on the sand at places like Hac Sa Beach, which even offers water-skiing and other fun activities."


When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Currency: Macau pataca Exchange Rate

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Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

Plan Your Trip. Sightseeing.

Enjoy a Little Macau from Home

Get Around
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Food and Recipes
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Also of interest:

10 Free Things To Do

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Two Days in Macau

Travel Guide
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