Day trips to Macau are possible by high speed ferry from Hong Kong. Macau is located approximately 60 km west of Hong Kong and consists of the Macau Peninsula (attached to mainland China) and the small islands of Taipa and Coloane which are connected by bridge or causeway.
In the mid-16th Century the Portuguese established Macau as major entrepot for trade between China, Japan, India and Europe. It also became a crossroads for the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures.
Today Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, and, like Hong Kong, benefits from the principle of “one country, two systems”. The historical buildings and Mediterranean-style streets are unique in Asia and one can also enjoy a visit to one of the city’s many casinos.