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Old 07-01-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I've heard a lot of people considering a lot of places for retiring, living abroad, expat abroad, etc.

Curious if anyone has considered Macau...and why or why not?

I've been to quite a few places in Asia, but haven't been to Macau yet - I will visit this summer though. Seems like it could be a real comfortable city - european flavor, asian flavor, next to Hong Kong, etc.
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Old 07-02-2009, 02:23 AM
 
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I've heard a lot of people considering a lot of places for retiring, living abroad, expat abroad, etc.

Curious if anyone has considered Macau...and why or why not?

I've been to quite a few places in Asia, but haven't been to Macau yet - I will visit this summer though. Seems like it could be a real comfortable city - european flavor, asian flavor, next to Hong Kong, etc.
It's *really* crowded, and the old Portuguese flavor is being drowned out by recent mainland immigration and casino development. It's still a very interesting/charming place to visit, but I think it would be hard work to retire there.

For one thing, residency visas are now much harder to obtain than they were a few years ago. There used to be a special category for real estate investors, with a fairly low minimum investment level, but that path has been cut off. Cost-of-living is another issue; real estate is much cheaper than in Hong Kong, but other expenses seem comparable.

However, it does retain one very strong attraction for expats: personal income tax rates are the lowest in the region, even lower than in Hong Kong or Singapore.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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I took the fast catamaran ferry from Hong Kong to Macao for a short visit in 1995 or so, before it became a autonomous zone of China and before the casino and immigration invasion took off. At that time it was still a far away colonial enclave of Portugal, very unique and quaint. Macao's few old casinos that were there in the 1990s reminded me of a James Bond film in the 1960s. Macao is a small place. I walked through most of the city. Every time you want to get out of town for a change of pace, there are only a few easy choices, take the boat to HK or head north into China.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I just spent a week in Macau...and love the city!

I wish I'd gotten over to Zhuhai or Hong Kong...but was having such a wonderful time in Macau, didn't make it.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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and now you live there!
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:30 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I just spent a week in Macau...and love the city!

I wish I'd gotten over to Zhuhai or Hong Kong...but was having such a wonderful time in Macau, didn't make it.
What did you do there? I am generally not so interested in Macau, but there's probably something I'm missing.
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Old 10-04-2014, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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How do P4P prices compare to Bangkok?
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:43 AM
 
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Just visited Macau and it didn't live up to the hype. Vegas of Asia? They are 100 yrs away with mostly rundown ghetto apartments stuck in the 1940s
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Portuguese people I know who are living in Macau said Macau has changed a lot. They said before you could walk peacefully downtown, now, it is very hard to walk peacefully as it is really really crowded and not because of the Macanese living there but because of the mainlanders.
Most of the people I know, don't consider retiring there. They said, properties and rents gone up so high and it doesn't have the same charm as before.
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:31 AM
 
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This is no longer the case, gone up a lot this century since the openings of many casinos.
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real estate is much cheaper than in Hong Kong, but other expenses seem comparable.

However, it does retain one very strong attraction for expats: personal income tax rates are the lowest in the region, even lower than in Hong Kong or Singapore.
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