Macau occupies only 28 sq. km on the southeast Chinese coast, but is home to around half a million people. Smack dab in the Asian heart of typhoon country, this peninsula on the South China sea has warm summers and cool winters.
In addition to the peninsula, Macau occupies two islands, Coloane and Taipa, which are now connected by an area of reclaimed seabed known as Cotai. These areas are linked to Macauís peninsula by three bridges. The Historic Centre of Macau is a preserved representation of the areaís heritage as an east-meets-west architectural center. Macau is home to numerous museums, and visitors can buy a pass that grants them admission to five of them: Grand Prix Museum, Wine Museum, Maritime Museum, Lin Zexu Museum, Museum of Art and Museum of Macau. A temple tourist would find plenty to see here, most notably Kun Iam Tong, which was founded in the 13th century. A pedicab can be hired to carry the traveler on a tour of Macauís waterfront. On the islands, one can hike or bike on nature trails, bask on the beach, or careen around seven different circuits at the local go-kart track. There are bars, shops and casinos open all night. Discos, cabarets and pubs offer evening entertainment for all tastes and temperaments.