Macau – located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province China.
Adjoins the Mainland city of Zhuhai and lies some 60 kilometres to the west of Hong Kong. Macau comprises Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane islands.
Macau Peninsula is the hub of the territory and is connected to TaipaIsland by three road bridges. Several large international hotel resorts – with new supporting infrastructure – are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed district known as Cotai.
Given its reputation as the “Las Vegas of the East”, it is no surprise that Macau is popular with gamblers and tourists looking to experience a slice of the high-end luxury hotel-casinos. However this modern city has a unique old-world charm and a rich heritage of Chinese and Portuguese culture for visitors looking for attractions beyond the gambling floor.
Macau, the gambling centre of China, has overtaken Switzerland as the world’s fourth richest territory per person according to figures from the World Bank.
Roulette, which involves betting on a spinning wheel, generated approximately 128.71 million U.S. dollars in gross gambling revenue in Macau’s casinos in 2014.
The Venetian Macao, owned by the Las Vegas Sands, is the largest casino in the world, the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and the sixth-largest building in the world by floor area.
The Chinese gaming city of Macau generates seven times the revenue of Vegas, but in the shadow of the casinos it’s been a long, hot summer of discontent.
Macau is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal (horse racing on a lavish scale takes place just across the Pearl River estuary in Hong Kong). It has 35 casinos in just 29.5 sq km (11.4 square miles).
Last year, gaming companies, including global heavyweights Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International, took in more than $45 billion here, about seven times more than they did in Las Vegas.