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10-year anniversary of Macau’s handover

A lot of people don’t know about the Chinese province of Macau.  This coastal province and one of two special administrative regions is part of Deng Xiaoping’s “one country, two systems” policy of economics and politics.  Basically, Hong Kong and Macau can continue with the government and economic set-up they enjoyed under the colonial rule of England and Portugal, respectively, while the mainland is run by CCP policy.  Hong Kong reverted back to Chinese ownership in 1997 and Macau rejoined China in 1999.

I once thought I wanted to visit Macau when I first learned of it.  There was something that seemed exotic about a Portuguese colony in Asia, and in China, no less.  But that was before I found it was a hole and I changed my mind.  People run to Macau to gamble and then get out as soon as possible.  In any case, its history is an interesting one and Jeremiah Jenne at Jottings from the Granite Studio has posted a brief history of Macau on the 10th anniversary of Macau’s handover here.

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