Macau is an interesting land that has been home to many different people and empires over the years – from its Chinese roots to its colonial captors. It comes as no surprise then that Macau has a deeply diverse and rich culture, one which reflects its storied past.
Macau first came under Chinese rule in the 3rd century BC, and would later be colonised by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century. The new colonial overlords established Goa as their base in the East, this made Macau an important port for their expansion plans. Today, Portuguese influence is apparent all throughout Macau, especially at locations like Senado Square and Monte Fort. These locations are generally close to most Macau five-star hotels – such as the Hotel Okura Macau – so be sure to check them out during your stay in the city.
Now, when wondering the streets of Macau don’t be surprised to hear an array of different languages being spoken. Owing to its rich history, over five different languages are spoken here! Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, and English is seen as the language of business and commerce. In addition to these, both Hokkien and Mandarin are widely spoken as well.
For the most part, people wear casual clothing for most occasions in Macau – the only exceptions are formal events held in night clubs and restaurants. Interestingly, spirits are the gift of choice for almost any occasion here!
Just as with language, there are many religions practiced in the cultural melting pot that is Macau. Here, Buddhism is a major religion, but you’ll still find plenty of churches open for service all throughout the region. Protestantism is also practiced here along with Taoism.