Boost your knowledge of Asia by learning these 23 interesting facts about Macau and improve your chances at the next pub quiz!
- Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, located in Eastern Asia.
- Unusually, this country is 100% urbanised as it consists solely of a single city.
- Macau actually became a Portuguese colony in 1557, before becoming a Portuguese overseas province until 1999 when it was transferred back to China.
- It is bordered by China to the north and west. It also has a coastline along the South China Sea to the east, south and west.
- For wild nights that turn into relaxing days, head for the coordinates of 22.1667° N, 113.5500° E for a wonderful adventure in this vibrant city!
- The terrain of this tiny peninsula is generally flat.
- The total land area of Macau is 10.9 square miles (28.2 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around half the size of the city of Exeter in Devon.
- Macau’s population was 631,636 in 2018…
- …that’s more than 5 times the population of Exeter!
- That makes it the most densely populated country in the world with an incredible 57,116 people per square mile!
- As a peninsula of China, residents here are known as Chinese.
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- As a city itself, Macau has no capital.
- Macau experiences a subtropical climate with cool winters and warm summers.
- Due to the booming tourism industry, hotel rooms were apparently being built at a rate of 16.4 per day until 2009!
- The official languages of Macau are Chinese and Portuguese.
- Macanese Pataca is the official currency here.
- The average life span in this busy city is 83.99 years (2017)…
- …that’s the 4th longest in the world!
- Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal!
- As a country, Macau grows vegetables and catches fish.
- Its industry consists of tourism, gambling, electronics, toys, footwear, textiles and clothing.
- Macau exports clothing, footwear, textiles, electronics, toys, machinery and machinery parts.
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