About Macao

Macao has developed in the past industries such as textiles, electronics and toys, while today has built up world class tourism industry with a wide choice of hotels, resorts, MICE facilities, restaurants and casinos. Macao’s economy is closely linked to that of Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, in particular the Pearl River Delta region, which qualifies as one of Asia’s ‘little tigers’. Macao provides financial and banking services, staff training, transport and communications support.

Today Macao is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and, like Hong Kong, benefits from the principle of “one country, two systems”. The tiny SAR is growing in size – with more buildings on reclaimed land – and in the number and diversity of its attractions. The greatest of these continues to be Macao’s unique society, with communities from the East and West complementing each other, and the many people who come to visit.

Information and photos credit to Macao Government Tourist Office (www.macaotourism.gov.mo)

About Hengqin

As the largest island of Zhuhai Municipality, Hengqin Island covering an area of 106.46 square kilometres. It is located very close to the three islands that make up Macau. According to the story, Hengqin has been the battleground of a decisive war in the Song Dynasty. The island is famous for its big, fat, white and crunchy oysters.

In 2009, the State Council of the People´s Republic of China officially approved the Overall Development Plan of Hengqin, whereby Hengqin Island was positioned as a demonstration area for the new model of cooperation between Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau, under the principle of “one country, two systems”, through the deepening of reform and opening up and promotion of technological innovation, aiming to promote a new platform for the development of the western margin of the Pearl River estuary. In 2011, the State Council officially approved the new strategy of implementation of an innovative policy in Hengqin that is even more special than the policies in force in the other special economic zones of China. Hengqin has, therefore, become a special area with very special features, even in relation to the other special zones of Mainland China.

Information and photos credit to Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin (www.hengqin.gov.cn), Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM: www.ipim.gov.mo) and Chimelong (www.chimelong.com).