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Macau is situated southeast of China, on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong Province. It lies 70 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong and 145 kilometers from Guangzhou.

Macau is officially a Chinese territory under Portuguese administration. It has its own government structure, which is endowed with political and legislative power and enshrined in the Organic Statue of Macau.

Macau is derived from the name of a Chinese goddess, known as A-Má or Ling Má, and is popular with seafarers and fishermen. When Portuguese sailors landed and asked the name of the place, the natives replied A-Ma-Gao (Bay of A Ma). In modern usage, Amagao was shortened to Macau.

Population To date, the population of Macau is approximately 450,000, of which 95% are Chinese nationals and 5% Portuguese, Europeans, and other nationals.



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