(澳门) has been under the thumb of foreign imperialist
powers for much longer than Hong Kong
(originally a small fishing village), but has been eclipsed by HK
because of the might
of the old British Empire
and the decline of Portugal
in the imperialism
was formerly an important port
in the South China Sea
shipping lanes, but has since been transformed into a casino city
. Much smaller than Hong Kong
in size (only 9.1 square miles) and population
(500,000 compared to HK
's 6,000,000), Macau
is now a tourist
destination and a crime
The laxity of the law in Macau has transformed it into a Triad / Mafia headquarters. The crime rate of Macau has been skyrocketing since the 1980's, severely hurting the tourist industry. Fearing the 1999 return of Chinese administration, local gangs attempted to display their might by committing several high-profile acts against prominent citizens. The Portugese, attempting to cover their mistakes, made a last-minute crackdown just before the handover, leaving the flaming gang war into the hands of the new Chinese administrators.
A spree of drive-by shootings, robberies, arson and murder didn't sit well with the law-minded Chinese, so they sent in the troops and for the next 6 months Macau was violently purged of its criminal elements. Executions were used against the Triad ringleaders, violent criminals sent to remote gulags in inner China to seperate them from their criminal friends. The triads, cowed by the new big boys in town, packed up and left town. Now Macau is actually a decent place to go for a vacation, instead of being a crime-infested hole.
Macau has fine sights, temples and scenery. To reach Macau, one can go via the new international airport or take a fast ferry from Hong Kong (45 minutes ride). Macau nice distraction from the urban chaos that is Hong Kong.