As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is situated on the southeast coast of China. The city is one of the world's leading financial, banking and trading centres. It is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. The prosperous island is the centre of economy, politics, entertainment and shopping with its southern part noted for sea shores and bays. Kowloon is another flourishing part where Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are the most popular destinations. The New Territories and Outlying Islands are ideal places to experience a peaceful and natural holiday.
Hong Kong serves as an important transport hub between international cities and regions with major cities in Mainland China. The well-developed urban transport system can be used to most places in the city, making traveling convenient and cheap. Different cultures bring food all over the world to this city, so it is a paradise for foodies. After a busy day of traveling, it is highly recommended to appreciate the colourful nightlife. An open city with a wonderful natural harbour, it is a place where various cultures blend harmoniously. British culture can be found everywhere as a result of former colonial rule, while it also preserves traditional customs and the core values of Confucianism that have faded in Mainland China. It is the backdrop for modern movies and pop music that enjoy worldwide recognition.
Macau is an autonomous region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia. Macau is bordered by the city of Zhuhai in Mainland China to the north and the Pearl River Delta to the east and south. Hong Kong lies about 64 kilo meters (40 mi) to its east across the Delta With a population of 650,900 living in an area of 30.5 km2 (11.8 square mi), it is the most densely populated region in the world. A former Portuguese colony, it was returned to Chinese sovereignty on 20 December 1999.
Best known globally as the 'Vegas of China', the Macau Special Administrative Region is indeed a mecca of gambling and glitz. But the city is so much more than that. A Portuguese colony for more than 300 years, it is a city of blended cultures. Ancient Chinese temples sit on streets paved with traditional Portuguese tiles. The sound of Cantonese fills the air on streets with Portuguese names. You can eat Chinese congee for breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese lunch of cardo Verde soup and balaua (cod) fritters, and dine on hybrid Macanese fare such as Minchin (ground beef or pork, often served over rice).
The Macau Peninsula holds the old city Centre, where colonial ruins sit next to arty new boutiques. Further south are the conjoined islands of Taipa, Coati and Colane. Taipa has gloriously preserved Macanese architecture, Coati is home to the new mega casinos and Colane is lined with colonial villages and pretty beaches.