The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is a part of China’s territory. It is located on the Southeast coast of China to the west of the Pearl River Delta. Bordering on Guangdong Province, it lies 64 km from Hong Kong and 144 km from the city of Guangzhou. Local time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Macau has an area of 31.3 sq. km. It is comprised of the Macau Peninsula, the islands of Taipa and Coloane and the reclaimed area COTAI, and is linked by three modern bridges and a causeway. Besides the Border Gate (Portas do Cerco), visitors can access Mainland China through the COTAI Frontier Post. Immigration and Customs is located in the reclaimed area between the islands of Taipa and Coloane.
Macau's local population numbered 607,500 inhabitants as at the fourth quarter of 2013. Over 90% are ethnic Chinese from different provinces, while the remaining includes Portuguese and other nationalities.
There is also an impressive flow of people in and out of the territory. In 2013, the total number of visitor arrivals reached 29,324,822, with an average daily arrival of 31,665 visitors by sea, 43,336 visitors by land and 5,342 visitors by air.
The official languages are Chinese and Portuguese, while English is widely spoken. Cantonese is the dialect most commonly used in everyday dealings but Mandarin is also widely spoken.
Macau's climate is warm and humid with a fairly wide variation in temperature over the year. From June to September, the temperature can rise to over 30 degrees Celsius while it can drop to below 10 degrees Celsius from November to February. Macau's weather is also influenced by tropical cyclones from the South Pacific Ocean from May to November.
For more information please visit website of the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau.
The western business etiquette of handshaking is the accepted form of greeting, which is always followed by the exchange of business cards. Cards should be given and received with both hands, holding the card at the corners. It is demeaning to put someone's card directly right into your pocket without looking at it first, it is also considered impolite to write on someone's card. Take a few moments to study the card upon its receipt.
In most restaurants and similar establishments, a 10% service charge is usually charged to the bill but it is a common practice to leave a small tip.
Dress code is rather informal, however, standard business attire is desirable at more formal occasions.
Electricity in Macau is at 220V, 50Hz . The power plugs used in Macau are of three-pin, square-shaped type.
All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document for entry into Macau.
Although entry visa is required, visitors from most countries can be exempted.
For updated information, please visit the official website of the Macau Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force.
Visas can be obtained from:
Getting to Macau
Macau International Airport
Macau Ferry Terminal / Taipa Ferry Terminal
Cross Boundary Passenger Ferry Terminal
List of Macau Public Holidays
Government offices work five days a week from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, some of them may extend the working hours up to 7:00 pm. Lunch break is between 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Most private companies work from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, take an hour or an hour and a half lunch break, and occasionally work Saturday mornings.
There are 29 banks, out of which 11 are locally incorporated (including the postal savings office) and 18 are branches of overseas banks. With the exception of 2 off-shore banks, all the banks in Macau are retail banks with full banking license. There a total of 179 bank branches and around 866 ATMs in 2012. In addition, there is a finance company with restrictive banking activities and a financial leasing company engaging in financial leasing activities.
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Currency & Exchange Rates
The Pataca (MOP$) is Macau’s official currency. There are banknotes and coins in the following denominations:
Coins: 10, 20, 50 avos;
The Macau pataca is linked to the Hong Kong dollar (HK$) which is accepted as currency in Macau – at the rate of MOP$103.20 = HK$100.00, with a permissible variation of up to 10%.
Roughly MOP$10 is equivalent to 1 EURO and MOP$8 is equivalent to 1 US dollar. In April 2014, MOP$100 is equivalent to approximately 77 RMB.
Foreign currency or travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at banks, authorized exchange dealers and hotels. There are no restrictions on the amount of currency which can be brought in or taken out of the territory.
There is a MOP$3.00 surcharge for each piece of luggage carried in the boot. MOP$5.00 surcharge for boarding taxi at the Macau International Airport or journeys from Macau to Coloane; no surcharge from Macau to Taipa or from the island to Macau, but between Taipa and Coloane, a MOP$2.00 surcharge applies.
For updated route information, please visit: http://www.dsat.gov.mo/bus;
Macau Useful Websites:
World Trade Center Macau
Av. da Amizade, No.918
World Trade Center Building, 16th Floor, MACAU
Tel : (853) 2872 7666 Fax : (853) 2872 7633
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org