Advent calendar 2020: 2. Macau

A relic of colonialism: Macau is where Portugal meets China. In 1557, Portugal started using Macau as a trading port and gateway into China. Goods, people and ideas flowed between China and Europe through Macau. Its place in the global trading network having long been eclipsed by Hong Kong, it found new wealth in casinos. Today, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China, having one of the highest GDP per capita in the world.

In the UNESCO World Heritage town of Macau, you’ll feel like as if Lisbon or Porto has been mixed up with China.