Macau is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China. Located on the Southeast coast of China and on the western banks of the Pearl River Delta, Macau borders to the North with the city of Zhuhai of the Guangdong Province with Hong Kong just 60km to the East and Guangzhou 145km to the North. Local time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Benefiting from land reclamations along its coastlines, Macau has grown in land area from 10.28km2 in the 19th century to the present 28.6km2 – equivalent to only one-fortieth the size of Hong Kong and one twenty-third to that of Singapore. Macau originally consists of the Macau Peninsula and two islands of Taipa and Coloane. The shallow waters between Taipa and Coloane has in the past 5 years been reclaimed to form the new Cotai Strip, address of the new Las Vegas of the East.
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