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(Placename) a special administrative region of China, in the south of the country, across the estuary of the Zhu Jiang from Hong Kong: chief centre of European trade with China in the 18th century; attained partial autonomy in 1976; formerly (until 1999) a Portuguese overseas province under a long-term lease from China, as with Hong Kong (a UK territory until 1997); transit trade with rest of China; tourism and financial services. It retains its own currency, the pataca. Pop: 583 003 (2013 est). Area: 16 sq km (6 sq miles). Portuguese name: Macau
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1. a former Portuguese overseas territory in S China, comprising a peninsula in the Zhu Jiang delta and two adjacent islands: a special administrative region of China since 1999. 426,400; 6 sq. mi. (16 sq. km).
2. the capital of this region.
Portuguese, Macáu.
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Noun1.Macao - a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China SeaMacao - a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China Sea; reverted to China in 1999
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The island is situated at the mouth of the Canton River, and is separated by about sixty miles from the Portuguese town of Macao, on the opposite coast.
My partner endeavoured to encourage me by describing the several ports of that coast, and told me he would put in on the coast of Cochin China, or the bay of Tonquin, intending afterwards to go to Macao, where a great many European families resided, and particularly the missionary priests, who usually went thither in order to their going forward to China.
Despite this, the GGCT alerts Macao residents who intend to travel to or are already in Sri Lanka to be aware and follow closely the development of the situation that might affect their personal safety there.
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Regis Macao, Cotai Central, during an interview with The Korea Times.
Macao Imperial Tea's phenomenal success in the highly competitive and crowded field is proof that perseverance and delivery of high-quality products are crucial in any business.
The event started with opening remarks by the Chinese Ambassador to Japan, Mr Cheng Yonghua, followed by keynote speeches by Mrs Lam; the Governor of Guangdong Province, Mr Ma Xingrui; and the Secretary for Administration and Justice of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, Ms Sonia Chan.
Released today, the micro-movie is a light-hearted take showcasing The Venetian Macao, The Parisian Macao and Macao as destinations renowned for Macao's legendary egg tarts and a must-do on every visitor's agenda when they visit.
The Macao authorities have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal prudence through a period of gaming windfalls and a heavy revenue shock.
Travellers from around the world will soon enjoy more convenient access to the tourism and entertainment centre of Macao and the Pearl River Delta beyond, thanks to a new Cathay Pacific codeshare agreement with ferry operator Cotai Water Jet, the company said.