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A megacity in China that used to be a Portuguese trading colony. It was annexed by the [[RedChina People's Republic of China]] in 1999, meaning it was the last remaining European colony in Asia. Along with HongKong, it's one of the "special administrative regions" of China.

Macau is today a major BoomTown and the gambling capital of the world, recently surpassing even Las Vegas. It prints its own currency, which means that after gambling all your money, you'll have to change it if you want to take it to China with you.

The majority of Macau is on an urban island (technically, they're two, but they have been joined by a strip), except for a part in the mainland. It's divided in four regions:

* '''Macau Peninsula''' - The mainland's northern part. You have to cross huge bridges to get to the island from here. This is where most of the gambling casinos and touristic places can be found.
* '''Taipa''' - The northern island, mostly covered by a residential area where the people of Macau live.
* '''Cotai''' - A strip of land constructed to join the island of Taipa and the island of Coloane. Works as a sort of buffer between the islands. Recently, they have started to build giant new casinos here. Its name comes from the islands it joins ('''Co'''loane-'''Tai'''pa).
* '''Coloane''' - The southern island is less hospitable, full of mountains, beaches and a natural reserve. Probably because of its mysterious nature, it was used as a pirate's hideout in the old days.

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->The flag's green field alludes to UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}}, its old colonial master; at the center is a white lotus, the symbol of Macau, a stylized rendition of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponte_Governador_Nobre_de_Carvalho Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho]], Macau's first bridge, and below are the waters, symbolizing Macau's role as a port city; above this symbol are four yellow stars flanking a slightly larger one, alluding to mainland China.