Macau is a special administrative region of People's Republic of China. A former Portuguese colony, Macau was administered by Portugal from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in China. Even today, Portuguese is the second official language. Under the policy of "one country, two systems", the PRC's Central People's Government is responsible for the territory's defense and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system and customs policy. Macau participates in many international organisations and events that do not require members to possess national sovereignty. According to The World Factbook, Macau has the second highest life expectancy in the world. Macau's economy is based largely on tourism. Other chief economic activities in Macau are export-geared textile and garment manufacturing, banking and other financial services. The population is about 550,000 citizens.
The postcard shows the Venetian Macau Resort-Hotel, a hotel and casino resort in Macau owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. The 980,000 m2 Venetian Macao is modeled on its sister casino resort – The Venetian in Las Vegas – and is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia, The sixth-largest building in the world by area and the largest casino in the world. Pretty breath-taking building, ha?