Macau was both the first and last European Colony in China.

Macau receives in excess of 25 million tourists every year, fifty times the total population of the region.

The Portuguese offered to hand back Macau to the Chinese in the 1970s, but a decision was made to wait until December 1999 as it would be more “auspicious”.

Macau’s official languages are Cantonese and Portuguese.

Macau is the most densely populated region in the world, with an estimated 18,428 people per square kilometre.

Macau was the centre of the Chinese slave trade during the 16th century, with tens of thousands of slaves shipped to work in Europe and South America.

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Flying at 11,000m - The centre of Portuguese Trade


Flying at 1,000m - The first and last colony in China


Flying at ground level - Gambling and free trade

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