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Fishermen from Fujian and farmers from Guangdong were the first known
settlers in Macau, when it was known as Ou Mun, or "trading gate",
because of its location at the mouth of the Pearl River downstream from
Guangzhou (Canton). During ancient times port city was part of the Silk
Road with ships loading here with silk for Rome.

Even after China ceased to be a world trade centre, Guangzhou prospered
from seaborne business with the countries of Southeast Asia, so the local
entrepreneurs welcomed the arrival of Portuguese merchant-explorers. They
followed in the wake of Jorge Alvares, who landed in southern China in
1513, and set about finding suitable trading posts.

In the early 1550s the Portuguese reached Ou Mun, which the locals also
called A Ma Gao, "place of A Ma", in honour of the Goddess of Seafarers,
whose temple stood at the entrance to the sheltered Inner Harbour. The
Portuguese adopted the name, which gradually changes into the name
Macau, and with the permission of Guangdong's mandarins, established a
city that within a short time had become a major entrepot for trade between
China, Japan, India and Europe.

It also became the perfect crossroad for the meeting of East and West
cultures. The Roman Catholic church sent some of its greatest missionaries
to continue the work of St Francis Xavier, (who died nearby after making
many converts in Japan). A Christian college was built, beside what is now
today's Ruins of St Paul's, where students such as Matteo Ricci prepared
for their work as Christian scholars at the Imperial Court in Beijing. Other
churches were built, as well as fortresses, which gave the city an historical
European appearance that distinguishes it to this day.

Following the Opium War in 1841, Hong Kong was established by Britain
and most of the foreign merchants left Macau, which became a quaint, quiet
backwater. Nevertheless it has continued to enjoy a leisurely multicultural
existence and make daily, practical use of its historical buildings, in the
process becoming a favourite stopover for international travellers, writers
and artists.

In modern times Macau has developed industries such as textiles, electronics
and toys, as well as building up an a world class tourist industry with a
wide choice of hotels, resorts, sports facilities, restaurants and casinos. As
in the past, Macau's economy is closely linked to that of Hong Kong and
Guangdong Province, in particular the Pearl River Delta region, which
qualifies as one of Asia's "little tigers". Macau provides financial and
banking services, staff training, transport and communications support.

Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
since 20 December 1999, and, like Hong Kong, benefits from the principle
of "one country, two systems". The tiny SAR is growing in size - with
more buildings on reclaimed land - and in the number and diversity of its
attractions. The greatest of these continues to be Macau's unique society,
with communities from the East and West complementing each other, and
the many people who come to visit.

Macau located at the west bank of Pearl River Delta in South China, is the
intersection of Mainland China and South China Sea. It is also located at the
south of tropic of Cancer. The winds directions in winter and summer are
opposite. Therefore, Macau is in the monsoon region and from the climate
classification is considered mild and rainy in summer. The most comfortable
period begins from the middle of October to December.

The winter season in Macau covers the months January and February. The
cold air from north Siberia continuously passes through the Mid and South
China into Macau region and brings us cold and dry northerly winds. The
urban temperature sometimes drops below 10ºC. Therefore, the annual
minimum temperature is generally recorded in these two months. When the
precipitation and rainy days are less it is because there is lack of water
vapour in the atmosphere.

March and April is the seasonal interchange period. The wind direction
along the coastal region of South China is mainly easterly to southeasterly,
which will increase the temperature and humidity. Beside some occasional
wet weather, fog, drizzle and low visibility days, the weather is mainly fine
in spring.

The summer in Macau is longer than the other seasons. Because of hot and
wet conditions, the bad weather such as thunderstorm and heavy rain
always occur from May to September. Waterspout can be seen occasionally.
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