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Macau is a special administrative region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. It is the most densely populated region in the world. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname the “Las Vegas of Asia.”
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Key Facts & Information
- The first known written record of “Macau”, rendered as “Ya/A Ma Gang”, is in a letter dated November 20, 1555. The locals believed that the sea-goddess Mazu had blessed and protected the harbour and named the waters around A-Ma Temple.
- When Portuguese explorers first arrived in the area and asked for the place name, the locals thought they were asking about the temple and told them it was “Ma Kok”. The earliest Portuguese spelling for this was Amaquão.
- Variations were used until Amacao and Macao became common in the 17th century, gradually standardising as Macao, and Macau today.
- Macau is a special administrative region of China, with executive, legislative, and judicial powers devolved from the national government.
- Executive: The Chief Executive is responsible for enforcing regional law, and can force reconsideration of legislation.
- Legislature: The unicameral Legislative Assembly enacts regional law, approves budgets, and has the power to impeach a sitting Chief Executive.
- Judiciary: The Court of Final Appeal and lower courts, whose judges are appointed by the Chief Executive on the advice of a recommendation commission, interpret laws and overturn those inconsistent with the Basic Law.
- Macau has a humid subtropical climate, characteristic of southern China. The territory is dual season dominant – summer (May to September) and winter (November to February) are the longest seasons, while spring (March and April) and autumn (October) are relatively brief.
FOOD TO TRY
- Pastel de nata is buttery, flaky, and crusty on the outside, sweet and custardy on the inside, and finished with a charred glaze on top.
- These baked-to-perfection treats are favorites with tourists and locals alike, and for good reason.
- Macau’s signature almond cookies should also be mentioned. The melting texture juxtaposed with crunchy almond bits makes them a sure-fire hit with just about anyone.
- Bacalhau, or salted cod fish, is one of the most popular seafood choices in Portugal, and has infiltrated the palate of the Macanese as well. Said to be prepared in hundreds of ways, a favourite is to have small balls of bacalhau fried as a delicious snack.
- Steamed milk pudding has a pleasant milky taste and is silky smooth in texture. Toss the no-lactose diet out the door, because this indulgent sweet treat, served hot or cold, is worth breaking every rule for.
- Minchi, supposedly derived from the English word ‘minced’, is a simple dish of ground beef or pork seasoned with molasses and soy sauce and served with rice. The meat may sometimes be replaced with vegetables or fish as well.
- Macau itself may be small, but not when it comes to casinos. In fact, The Venetian Macao is home to the world’s biggest casino.
- With 376,000 square feet of gaming space, there’s plenty of room, and chances, for you to place a winning bet.
- There are no fewer than 640 gaming tables and 1,760 slot machines.
Grand Lisboa is the city’s tallest building. Shaped like a giant golden lotus flower, it’s about as attention-grabbing as casinos come. Inside, the gaming space isn’t too shabby either.
- The casino has over 230 gaming tables and 880 slot machines. Grand Lisboa offers 430 rooms and suites, as well as some of the city’s best fine dining restaurants.
- MGM Cotai features 177 gaming tables (12 for VIP customers) and 1,500 slot machines. The property offers 1,390 rooms and suites, which include 16 Skylofts and 27 Mansion Villas.
- Wynn Palace cost US$4.2 billion to construct, and delivers on the promise of its name by being nothing short of palatial.
- The casino itself offers more than 1,000 slot machines and live table games. This includes 350 gaming tables for guests to enjoy.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Macau across 19 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Macau worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Macau which is a special administrative region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. It is the most densely populated region in the world. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname the “Las Vegas of Asia.”
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Macau Facts
- Macau Info
- Macau IG
- Get to Know Macau
- Macau’s Casinos
- The Three Branches
- Casino Taxes
- Food Trip
- Las Vegas of Asia
- Around the World
- Describe Macau
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