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Location and Area
Macao is a Special Administrative Region of the People's
Republic of China currently. It is located on the southeastern
coast of China, at latitude 22º 14' North and longitude 113º 35' East.
Macao's territory consists of a peninsula and two islands
called Taipa and Coloane in the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong
The total area of Macao is 27.3 km2 (Macao
Peninsula has 8.7 km2, Taipa has 6.3 km2, Coloane
has 7.6 km2 and the reclaimed area between Taipa and Coloane
has 4.7 km2). Three bridges of 2.5km, 4.5km and 2.2km respectively
connect the Macao Peninsula and Taipa. Moreover,
a causeway of 2.2km is used to connect Taipa and Coloane.
By the longest bridge (Friendship Bridge),
people can go to the Macao International Airport directly.
On the other hand, people can go to China Mainland through
the Border Gate at the extreme northern end of Macao Peninsula
or the Border Gate on the reclaimed area between Taipa
Macao is eight hours ahead of GMT.
Macao's population is around 461,000 residents with 95%
Chinese and 5% Portuguese,
Europeans and from other countries.
Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages with
Cantonese being the most widely spoken language. English
is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.
The Pataca (MOP$) is Macao's official currency. The denomination
of banknotes have 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Patacas.
The denomination of coins have 10, 20 and 50 avos,
1, 2, 5 and 10 Patacas.
In general, the exchange rate between US Dollars and
Patacas is roughly 8 Patacas = 1 US Dollar. The exchange
rate between HK$ and MOP$ is around HK$100.00 = MOP$103.20.
Foreign currency can be easily exchanged to Patacas in
hotels, banks and authorized exchange dealers located all
over the city. Most credit cards can be used in hotels,
shops and restaurants.
There are no restrictions on the amount of currency which
can be brought in or taken out.
Getting to Macao
Macao's weather falls into four distinct seasons: Spring(March
to May), Summer(May to Mid-September), Autumn(Mid-September
to Mid-December) and Winter (Mid - December to March).
In Spring, The weather is sunny and dry with an average
temperature around 22oC. The Summer in Macao is hot, humid
and rainfall is at its highest. Light clothing is recommended
to visitors and an umbrella is necessary during this period.
The weather of Autumn in Macao is best and most comfortable.
The rainy season has ended, so the weather becomes warm
and the humidity is low. But the period of Autumn is very
short. It will return cool and dry when entering
the Winter. Sometimes the temperature may drop below 10oC.
Woolen clothing and jacket are required in this period.
By Sea (via Hong Kong to Macao)
There are two facilities for visitors to Macao
from Hong Kong by sea. The main terminal is Hong
Kong Macao Ferry Terminal located in
Shun Tak Centre, on
the waterfront West of Central District on Hong Kong Island.
It is above Sheung Wan MTR station and adjacent to the
terminus for public buses and minibuses from many parts
of Hong Kong, including the A2 Airbus from the airport.
There are some reservation offices of Macao hotels, travel
agents and a Macao Government Tourist Office Information
Counter in the terminal. You can find out more information
about the ferries at this terminal through the website: http://www.turbojet.com.hk.
Visitors can use the following public transportation
from Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport to the
Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal:
First, take the Airport Express to the Hong Kong Station
Fare: HK$(100 (Single Trip)
Frequency: Every 10 minutes
Journey Time: 23 minutes
Operating Hours: 5:50a.m. - 00:48 a.m.
Then, take a taxi to the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal
at Sheung Wan.
Journey Time: 10-15 minutes
Public Bus No. A11 (air-conditioned)
Passengers should get off at the third stop after departing
from the airport, press the bell when "Hong Kong
Macao Ferry Terminal" is being announced.
Operating Hours: 05:00a.m. - 00:48am
Frequency: Every 15 minutes
Journey Time: 30-40 minutes
Fare: HK$350 - 400
Journey Time: 30 minutes
Another terminal is the China Ferry Terminal located
on the Tsimshatsui waterfront alongside Harbour City, on the Kowloon side
of Hong Kong. You can find out
more information about the ferries at this terminal through
Passengers are advised to be at the terminal at
least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time, in
order to complete the immigration formalities.
If visitors want to go to Macao from Hong Kong Chek
Lap Kok Airport directly without needing to enter Hong
Kong, they can choose to take the TurboJet Sea Express service
within the Restricted Area. Once they leave the Restricted
Area, they can only use other way to Macao.
Macao Ferry to Airport: 10:00, 13:00, 16:40, 19:30
Airport to Macao: 11:50, 15:30, 18:15, 21:15
Whichever terminal the visitors choose, they will arrive
at the Macao
Ferry Terminal that
is located in the Outer Harbour, close to the New Yaohan
The Macao International Airport is located on Taipa
Island and operates 24 hours a day. To find out more
information about the airport or flight schedules, please visit the
East Asia Airlines
co-operates with Helicopters Hong Kong Limited to offers
daily helicopter shuttle service between Hong Kong and
Macao. The Macao to Hong Kong service
operates from 9:00a.m. to 10:30p.m. every half an hour,
and the Hong Kong to Macao service operates from 9:30a.m.
to 10:59p.m. Visitors can get more information through
the website: http://www.helihongkong.com.
By Land (via Guangzhou in China Mainland
The Kee Kwan Motor Road Co. offers bus service with
air conditioning between Macao and Guangzhou between 8:00a.m.
and 6:30p.m., approximately every an hour. For Inquiry: (853)
Please note that the Macao Immigration and Customs works
from 7:00a.m. to midnight at the Border Gate on the Macao
Peninsula, but the Immigration and Customs at the China
Mainland side opens from 7:30a.m. to midnight. On the other
hand, the Immigration and Customs works from 9:00a.m. to
8:00p.m. at Border Gate on the reclaimed area between Taipa