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Macau comprises of a peninsula of China's Guangdong province, and the islands Taipa and Coloane.
Macau is only 28.6 square kilometers in total, and comprises of a peninsula of China's Guangdong province, and the islands Taipa and Coloane. the total population is around 525,000 people, giving a population density of around 17,350 per square kilometer. Macau was both the first and the last European colony in China. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century, and subsequently administered the region until the handover to China on December 20, 1999. As part of the handover it was agreed that Macau maintains a high degree of autonomy until at least fifty years after the transfer, an arrangement not unlike that which accompanied the British transfer of power in Hong Kong.
Macau is today being described as the new Las Vegas of Asia, but Macau also has a little bit of culture for everyone. Many of the area's historic attractions are concentrated towards the center of the peninsula, but the city's unique cultural atmosphere exists throughout. This atmosphere has been created by the area's special ability to blend European and Oriental culture. For instance the Chinese culinary tradition has been influenced by the Mediterranean, creating a unique cuisine for fine food.

The ruins of St. Paul's is the symbol of Macau, and Monte Fort overlooks most of Macau from its high vantage point and central position. The three ancient temples in Macau are the A-ma Temple with a history of over 500 years, the most famous and impressive Kun Iam Temple, and one of the finest temples in Macau - Lin Fu Temple.

Flights arrive daily in Macau from most European hubs via Hong Kong, and more direct flights are opening every day. Most visitors would though come by sea from Hong Kong. Several fleets of high-speed Macau ferry vessels serve the 70 kilometer (40 mile) route between Hong Kong and Macau. There are more than 100 sailings throughout the day and evening, with all night service by jetfoils, which makes Macau a popular day-trip destination from Hong Kong.

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