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The Ballad of a Small Player

by Lawrence Osborne

The Ballad of a Small Player
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    Apr 2014, 272 pages
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Macau Penha HillLike Hong Kong, Macau (also spelled Macao) is a "Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China" (SAR), but is a fraction of its size - about 28 sq km, (11 sq miles) compared to Hong Kong's 1,100 sq km. The terrain is mostly flat and has a humid, subtropical climate. It is located approximately 40 miles west of Hong Kong, borders the South China Sea to the south and east, and China, specifically Guangdong Province, to the north. It consists of Macau Peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane, and is a very dense urban landscape. Only 2% of Macau's land area is cultivated.

According to the CIA World Factbook, it is estimated that Macau will have a population of approximately 588,000 people in July 2014. By then, roughly 92% of the population will be made up of people of Chinese ethnicity, and a little under 8% will fall into the rather nondescript "other" category, which includes people of Macanese ethnicity – people of mixed Portuguese and Asian heritage. ...

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