Macau is a unique place - it is situated in China and had been under the Portuguese colonial rule for over 400 years. Hence, it has a cultural influence of Western culture along with the East. Many Portuguese people have settled in Macau and assimilated with the locals. As a result there came a term - Macanese – that is, people mixed Portuguese and local Chinese, who are born and raised in Macau. Throughout the years, Portuguese, Macanese and Chinese people live in harmony.