MACAO TRAVEL GUIDE

Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, "Las Vegas of Asia." One of its more striking landmarks is the tall Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

 

Macau was one of the earliest European colonies in Asia and the last to be relinquished and thus has an even more visible colonial history than Hong Kong. Walking through the old city you could convince yourself you were in Europe - if the streets were devoid of people and signs not in Chinese, that is. The Portuguese and Macanese populations continue to maintain a presence but, as expected, most of the population is native Chinese.

 

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MACAO QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Macau
  • Government: Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Currency: Macau Pataca (MOP) (official) and Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) (circulates)
  • Area: total: 28.2 km²
  • Population: 631 636 (2018)
  • Language: Portuguese and Chinese (Cantonese) (official languages), Chinese (Mandarin) and English (spoken in tourist areas)
  • Religion: Buddhist 92.3%, Christian (chiefly Roman Catholic) 6%, none and other 1.7% (2011 est.)
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (rounded 3-pin 5A and 15A plug and UK 13A plug)
 

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MACAO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 January, New Year’s Day
  • 1 May, May Day
  • 1–3 October, National Day

Also, Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Tomb Sweeping Day (Qing Ming), Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

 
 

MACAO WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Subtropical; Marine With Cool Winters, Warm Summers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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