Macau is located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong, China and lies some 60 kilometers to the west of Hong Kong. Macau comprises Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. While Macau Peninsula is the hub of the territory, many large international hotel resorts – with new supporting infrastructure – are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed Cota, such as City of Dreams and Studio City.
Macao is situated in a subtropical zone, with the Asian continent to the north and a wide tropical sea to the south. In winter, Macao experiences a north wind, cold and dry weather and low rainfall. In summer, Macao is mainly subject to southwesterly winds, hot and wet weather and heavy rainfall.
July is the hottest month in Macau with an average temperature of 30°C (85°F) and the coldest is February at 15°C (59°F).
Macao is frequently hit by typhoons. The typhoon season starts in May and ends in October, with July and August as its peak period.
Macau is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
The Pataca (MOP) is divided into 100 avos and it is Macau's official currency. There are banknotes and coins in the following denominations:
Coins: 10, 20 and 50 avos; 1, 2, 5 and 10 Patacas
Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Patacas
Foreign currency or travelers' checks can be changed in hotels, banks and authorized exchange dealers located all around the city. For your convenience, there are also 24-hour exchange counters at the Macau International Airport.
Mandarin, Cantonese and Portuguese are official languages but English is widely spoken in tourist establishments.
Macau Major Events
Macao boasts a unique festival culture, including such traditional Chinese celebrations as Lunar New Year, Feast of the God Tou Tei, the Tun Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) as well as the important Western festivals of Easter, Procession of our Lady of Fátima, and Christmas. In addition, many large-scale international events are held in Macao such as:
||The “Parade for Celebration of the Chinese New Year
||Macao Arts Festival
||Macao International Dragon Boat Races、Lotus Flower Festival、Macao FIVB World Grand Prix
||Macao International Fireworks Display Contest
||Macao International Music Festival、Macau A-Ma Cultural & Tourism Festival、Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF)、Lusofonia Festival
||Macau Food Festival、Macau Grand Prix
||Macao International Marathon、Parade through Macao, Latin City、Macao Light Festival
Find out more at the Macao Government Tourism Office site: en.macaotourism.gov.mo