Macau is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China. Macau is also known as the Las Vegas of the East. Macau lies on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province, China. Macau has a humid subtropical climate. Macau is an offshore financial centre, a tax haven, and a free port with no foreign exchange control regimes. The city’s architecture, art, religion, traditions, food and community reflect the integration of Chinese, Western and Portuguese cultures. The Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a result of its unique historical and cultural landscape. Macau is currently positioning itself as the World Centre of Tourism and Leisure as it develops into a quality international tourist destination. The constructions here are all about Vegas-style mega-casinos and hotels. The reason, of course, is that casinos are legal in Macau, while in rest of China they’re not. The territory's economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, but also includes manufacturing. Other chief economic activities in Macau are export-geared textile and garment manufacturing, banking and other financial services.
Macau’s booming gaming industry is characterised by greyhound and horse racing, Pacapio and slot machines as well as the internationally renowned table games of its large casinos, providing a wealth of entertainment options. Gambling revenue has made Macau the world's top casino market, surpassing Las Vegas. Macau also ramped up show and entertainments in addition to gambling business, including the famous show House of Dancing Water, concerts, industry trade shows and international art crossovers. Macau has a well-established public transport network. Regular flat racing takes place at racetrack of the Macau Jockey Club.
There is, however, much more to Macau than gambling, Go go-Karting at various go-Karting venues, windsurfing, jet skiing, swimming, and water scooters at the beach, hiking, bowling, cycling, golfing, ice-skating, canoeing and windsurfing are just some of the activities on offer. The mixing of the Chinese and Portuguese cultures and religious traditions for more than four centuries has left Macau with an inimitable collection of holidays, festivals and events. The Portuguese influence is everywhere: cobbled back streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses, Art Deco buildings and restful parks and gardens. There are also several world-class museums.
Local cooking in Macau consists of a blend of Cantonese and Portuguese cuisines. Many unique dishes resulted from the spice blends, ingredients and seasonings include those from Portuguese, Europe, South America, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, as well as local Chinese ingredients. Macau’s nightlife is famous for its variety, its frenetic pace and constant change. This is a city that never sleeps, with plenty of bars, restaurants and discos open all night long. Typically, Macanese food is seasoned with various spices and flavours including turmeric, coconut milk, cinnamon and bacalhau, giving special aromas and tastes. Several large international hotel resorts with new supporting infrastructure are located here. There is a distinctly different feel to Macau.