Macau is an independent district on the south shoreline of China, over the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese domain until 1999, it mirrors a blend of social impacts. Its goliath gambling clubs and shopping centers on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the epithet, "Las Vegas of Asia." One of its all the more striking tourist spots is the tall Macau Tower, with clearing city sees.