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06 Interesting Facts About Macau – Where Shopping And Gambling Rule

Macau was the last Portuguese colony to be handed back to China. Hence, the place is a delicious mix of both Portuguese and Chinese cultures and traditions. Macau is home to World Heritage sites and much more. Read on for more interesting facts about Macau.

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First Let's Get The Name Right!

Is the city Macao or Macau? Macau was the original spelling during the Portuguese rule. However, with time the name changed to Macau amongst both Portuguese and English language users. After the handover of the city in 2009, the government changed the official English spelling of the city to Macau and thus it remains as one of China's most unique cities for a range of exciting attractions. When choosing the best Macau hotels, 5 star resorts are a favourite choice. Since many like Hotel Okura Macau, are within easy reach of the casino strip; one of Macau's top attractions.

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The City Is Home To The First Skeletal Skyscraper

Got you interested? Well, to be precise the Morpheus is an innovative building in Macau described as the worlds first 'Free-Form Exoskeletal Building'. The 40 stories high complex used over 28,000 tons of steel and is one of the city's most iconic attractions. The steel used is four times the amount used for the construction of the Eiffel Tower. While the lobby boasting a ceiling 35 metres in height, is able to hold two Ferris wheels!

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Macau Is Home To A Water Theatre Larger Than 5 Olympic Pools

Go watch the House of Dancing Theatre Show and be amazed. The performance takes place inside a theatre home to a stage of water 5 times the size of an Olympic pool. That's 17 million litres of water – amazing you think? It is, and so is the magical show.

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Bungy Jump From The Worlds Highest Bungy Jump Point In The World

The Macau Tower is a fabulous lookout point. Enjoy stunning birds eye views of the surroundings from the tower. Which is also the worlds highest bungy jump point. The place is logged in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the highest commercial spot for bungy jumping. The drop is 764 feet, a sphere shaped cord manages to balance out the jumper's weights.

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The Worlds Longest Sea Bridge Is In Macau

And why not! A city home to amazing points as listed above can surely be the base for the world's longest sea bridge. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge spans a length of 55kms across the estuary of the Pearl River. Thus, connecting Hong Kong, the city of Macau and mainland China. The path is made up of bridges and tunnels as well as, a few manmade islands dotting the estuary.

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The Famous Cotai Strip Has Been Trade Marked!

The Cotai strip combines the islands of Coloane and Taipa, hence the name 'Cotai' which is a combination of the two. This strip is the Vegas of the east and quite rightly the largest and most alluring attraction in Macau!