Macau is a Portugese colony about 40 miles west of Hong Kong, just off the coast of China. I got there in about an hour via a jet-powered sea catamaran.
Macau is scheduled to be handed back to the Chinese in December of 1999 and when I was there a great deal of construction was underway to celebrate the handover (or "hangover" as my guide kept saying). Statues such as this one and a large building for the ceremony were being rushed to completion.
One priority that the Chinese have said they will work on is getting the gangs under control. The Triad is known for car-bombing its enemies but has promised to be a kinder, gentler gang in the future.