About Macao

a) Local Information

Macao - located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China - adjoins the Mainland city of Zhuhai and lies some 60 kilometers to the west of Hong Kong. Macao comprises Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Macao Peninsula is the hub of the territory and is connected to Taipa by three bridges. Several large international hotel resorts - with new supporting infrastructure - are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed district known as Cotai.

The Portuguese arrived and settled in Macao in the mid 16th Century. Thus, the city's architecture, art, religion, traditions, food and community reflect the integration of Chinese, Western and Portuguese cultures. Macao became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on December 20, 1999 and exercises a high degree of autonomy under the principle of "one country, two systems". The Macao SAR is growing in size with more buildings on reclaimed land, and in the number and diversity of its attractions. In 2005, The Historic Center of Macao was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a result of its unique historical and cultural landscape. Macao is currently positioning itself as the World Center of Tourism and Leisure as it develops into a quality international tourist destination.

*Source originated from the Macau Government Tourist Office


b) Useful Facts

Currency The legal tender is Macao Pataca (MOP), which is equivalent to US dollar (USD) at USD1 ≈ MOP8. Foreign currency or traveller's cheque can be exchanged at hotels, banks and authorized foreign exchange dealers.
Electricity Electricity in Macao is at 220V, 50Hz. The power plugs used are of the three-pin, square-shaped or round-shaped type. It is suggested to check before using an electrical appliance.
Internet Internet service is available at major hotels, public libraries and Information Counter at the Senado Square. In addition, the Macao SAR Government has provided citizens and visitors with free wireless internet access - "WiFi GO".
Language Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, with Cantonese being most widely spoken. The official languages are used in all official documents and communications of government departments. English is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.
Time Time in Macao is eight hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time.