Macau (Macau) is a kind of Asian type of Las Vegas. Almost all existing elements of local culture are formed as a result of a complex mixture of Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, British and other traditions that have changed and "melted" over a huge number of centuries into a special Macau lifestyle, which in one sentence is still quite difficult to characterize.
A special and real enclave of Europe, located in the Far East, Macau (Macau) has absorbed almost all the existing customs and traditions of our great planet, as a result of which it is here that there is an opportunity not to think about some particular style of one's own behavior - any way of life that occurs on our planet Earth, here it will in no way be perceived as something exotic and unusual.
Macau (Macau) is a truly unique place. The history of Macau (Macau) is quite rich.
In Macau (Macau), even much more than in Hong Kong, one can observe the clash of Eastern and Western cultures. During the years when the Portuguese State ruled here, all Chinese traditions in this region have weakened to some extent, but still have not completely erased. Everywhere you can see buildings standing very close, which were erected in the traditional styles of different cultures.
The overwhelming majority of local residents, and this is about 453 thousand people (about 95% of the total population) are Makans, or Makaniz, who are descendants of mainly mixed marriages between representatives of the Chinese people and Europeans (mainly Portuguese), while the rest are true Portuguese , as well as immigrants from the African colonies of Portugal.
The main characteristic feature of the local ethnos is its extraordinary desire to somehow stand out as a separate kind of ethnic group, which will move away and distance itself from both the Chinese and the Portuguese, but phenotypic signs of a certain mixed origin are evident.
For food, it is possible to use chopsticks, as well as European forks and spoons, along with the usual and traditional Chinese absence of a knife on the table (all dishes for which a knife may be needed are simply cooked in rather small portions, or very small slices) , but at the same time it is always possible to get it from the waiter.
The prim old European quarters coexist with rather very noisy Asian regions, where restless traffic is always boiling, passions incomprehensible to an outsider's eye, and next to business formal suits you can contemplate important gentlemen dressed in jeans and T-shirts or simply in painted dressing gowns.
Near all Christian temples there are oriental pagodas here, and graceful wrought iron lattices on the balconies look like a completely common occurrence against the background of simple concrete boxes of mostly sleeping areas or sparkling glass and nickel business districts.
When talking with the locals of Macau, you need to adhere to only one unforgettable rule - to behave with them as you would like to be addressed. This is where all existing traditions and conventions end, because the Makan people are considered one of the most "open" peoples in the region. They are practically not constrained in any way 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 committed, with its own traditions and culture, in Macau (Macau) is a concept, most likely, of some kind of private life, rather than self-awareness of the public.
It will be enough to fully comply with the common human norms of decency and then there will be no problems either in communicating with the indigenous people of Macau (Macau), or in interactions with local laws, customs and traditions.
Until June 20, 1989, Portuguese was considered the official language of Macau (Macau), but today both familiar Portuguese and Chinese are used on an equal basis (Cantonese dialect - about 87.9%, Hundun dialect - about 1.6%, and other Chinese dialects - about 3.1%).
English is widely used in international trade, tourism and gambling. The main religions in Macau (Macau) are Catholicism (about 15%), Buddhism (about 50%) and Protestantism.