Macau (Macau) – this is so say some kind of Las Vegas Asian type. Almost all the existing elements of the local culture are formed due to the complex mixture of Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, British and other traditions that have changed and “melted” over a huge number of centuries into a special Macao lifestyle that is difficult to characterize in one sentence.
The special and real enclave of Europe, located in the Far East, Macau (Aomen) absorbed almost all the existing customs and traditions of our great planet, as a result of which it is possible here not to think about a certain style of one’s own behavior – any way of life, which occurs on our planet Earth with you, here in no way will be perceived as something exotic and unusual.
Macau (Macau) is a truly unique place. A long period of time it belonged to Portugal, and only ten years ago it was still returned to China. To date, Macau (Macau) belongs to the status of an autonomous republic, which is part of the People’s Republic of China: in this region its own currency, its own laws, its own customs. The history of Macau (Macau) is sufficiently saturated.
In Macau (Macau), even much more than in Hong Kong, you can observe the clash of eastern and western cultures. Over the years, while here the rule of the Portuguese State, all Chinese traditions in this region to some extent weakened, but still not completely erased. Everywhere you can contemplate the very near buildings, which were erected in traditional styles of different cultures.
The overwhelming majority of local residents, which is approximately 453,000 people (about 95% of the total population) are Makanians, or Makanis, who are the descendants of predominantly mixed marriages between representatives of the Chinese people and Europeans (mostly Portuguese), the rest are true Portugueses, and also natives of the African colonies of Portugal.
The main characteristic of the local ethnos is his extraordinary desire to somehow stand out as a separate ethnic group that will move away and distance itself both from the Chinese and from the Portuguese, but there are still phenotypic signs of a certain mixed origin.
For food, it is possible to use sticks, as well as European forks and spoons, along with the traditional and traditional for China lack of a knife on the table (all the dishes for which a knife may be needed are simply cooked in small portions or very shallow cutting), but it is always possible to get it from the waiter.
The pristine old European neighborhoods coexist with the rather noisy Asian regions, where the restless movement is always boiling, unfamiliar to the outside eye of passion, and next to business strict suits you can see important gentlemen dressed in jeans and T-shirts or simply painted robes.
Near to all Christian temples there are oriental pagodas, and forged graceful grilles on the balconies look like a normal occurrence on the background of simple concrete boxes of mostly sleeping areas or glittering with glass and nickel business districts.
In conversation with the local inhabitants of Macau, you need to adhere to only one unforgettable rule – to behave with them as you would like to be addressed to you. This concludes all existing traditions and conventions, because the Makan people are considered one of the most “open” peoples in the region. They are in no way constrained by any historical and religious traditions and dogmas.
Even their attitude to their own faith, which in many places of the planet is so “subtle” and adherent, with its traditions and culture, in Macao (Aomen) is the concept of, most likely, a kind of private life than the self-awareness of the public.
In full it will be sufficient to observe the usual nature of the universal human standards of decency and then there will be no problems either in communicating with the indigenous inhabitants of Macao (Aomen) or in interacting with local laws, customs and traditions.
The official language of Macau (Macau) was Portuguese until June 20, 1989, but today it is committed on an equal basis used both the usual Portuguese and Chinese (Cantonese dialect – about 87.9%, Gundu dialect – about 1.6% , and other Chinese dialects – about 3.1%).
English is very widely used in international trade, tourism and gambling. The main religions in the territory of Macau (Macau) include Catholicism (about 15%), Buddhism (about 50%) and Protestantism.