Macao is a city where East meets West, a place where traditional Chinese culture has assimilated Portuguese and Western ways to create a unique cultural mix. The many beautiful historic buildings evoke the city’s collective memories, and this small city – overflowing with traditional elements – lends a wealth of inspiration to the flourishing local arts community.
Local artists are creating local brands in different corners of the city, while new cultural and creative production areas are opening up near distinctive architectural monuments in order to promote the development of local art creation. Visitors can buy original local souvenirs from creative brand shops, wander around modern art exhibitions, and nourish the soul while leisurely drinking in the bewitching array of local crafts and culture.
Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, Cantonese being most widely spoken. The official languages are used in government departments in all official documents and communications. English is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.
Macao’s nightlife is famous for its variety, its frenetic pace and constant change. Visitors can also take the cruise from the historic Inner Harbour and continue past famous local attractions, to enjoy the shore lights under a starry sky. This is a city that never sleeps, lots for visitors to see and experience in Macao – even in the middle of the night!