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administration has provide de Territory with the infrastructures and
economic stability necessary for it to succeed at regional and global
levels. This is aimed at ensuring a smooth transition towards Chinese
rule from 1999.
is located on the Southeast coast of China to the west of the Pearl River
Delta. Bordering on Guangdong Province, it lies 60km from Hong Kong and
145km from the city of Guangzhou. Local time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich
Macau has been increasing in size as a result
of the land reclamation that has taken place around its coastline. It
covered only 2.78km² in the 19th century, but now occupies
23.8km², including the peninsula of Macau, and the two islands of
Taipa and Coloane which are linked by a six-lane highway 2.20km long.
As of 30st June 2000, Macau's local population
numbered 436,000 inhabitants. Population density is over 18,000/km2, and
the northern part of the peninsula of Macau is regarded as one of the
most densely populated areas in the world.
Macau has undergone rapid demographic growth over
the last two decades, increasing at an annual rate of around 4%. There
is also an impressive flow of people in and out of the territory with
an average 20,000 passengers entering Macau via the Outer Harbour ferry
terminal each day while around 50,000 people cross the Border Gates checkpoint
at the border with mainland China. A total of 25 million annual people-flow
Macau is an open, varied city and this is reflected
in its demographic breakdown. 52.8% of the total population are female,
23.2% of Macau residents are under 14 years of age, and 69.1% are aged
between 15 and 64. 7.7% of the population are over 65 years old. Average
life span for both sexes is over 75 years old, the longest in Asia after
Over 80% of Macau's population have lived in the
territory for over ten years. 45% of the population were born in Macau
and another 45% were born in Mainland China while less than 10% of residents
are from other places.
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.
Buddhist 50%, Roman Catholic 15%, none and other 35%
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¢XC while it can drop to below 10¢XC
from November to February. Macau's weather is also influenced by tropical
cyclones from the South Pacific Ocean from May to November.
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 also is
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 and 5% Government tourism tax are 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.
Eventhough the thoughtful idea of bringing a gift
is not a norm, they are always welcome especially if the gift is something
representative of your country. Never give a clock or white flowers, especially
chrysanthemums, as they signify death.
Voltage is 220V 50Hz
All travellers entering or leaving Macau must be holders of valid passports
or some other valid travel documents.
If travel arrangements are made through an agent, the visa processing
is handled by Macau operator.
Visas are required by all visitors except:
||Nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Philippines, Poland, Republic of Czech, Republic of Estonia, Singapore,
South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the
United Kingdom and United States of America and Uruguay for a stay
of 20 days;
||Nationals of Portugal for a stay of 90 days;
||Holders of Travel Documents issued by the authorities
of the People's Republic of China;
||The <Hong Kong Identity Card>,<Hong Kong Reentry
Permits> holders may stay in Macau for a maximum period of 90 days
Visas are available on arrival in Macau
There are three types:
||MOP$100 for an individual traveller for a single stay of up to 30
days in Macau, children under 12 years of age pay MOP$50.
||MOP$200 for couples, husband travelling with wife and/or children
(under 12 years of age) of same surname or on proof of their relationship
within the same passport.
||MOP$50 per person for bona fide groups of 10 or more.
Getting to Macau
Macau International Airport
Macau International Airport (code MFM) is linked by scheduled and chartered
air services to major cities in China, Taiwan and South East Asia. Whenever
the weather permits, the helicopter service is available from 9:00am to
Macau Pier (visitors coming from Hong Kong)
From Hong Kong by helicopter or fast ferry. Fleets of Jetfoils and Turbocats
have at least six sailings an hour (60-70 minutes) throughout the day
and at regular intervals through the night.
Macau-China Border (visitors arriving from China)
Barrier Gate is the crossing point into China(Zhuhai) and is open daily
from 7 a.m. till midnight.
Airport departure tax for flights to China is
MOP80.00 (MOP50.00 for children aged 2 to 12), for other destinations
MOP130.00 (MOP80.00 for children). Transit passengers who continue their
journey within 24 hours of arrival are exempted from passenger tax.
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FLIGHT SCHEDULE
List of Macau Public Holidays
for the year of 2001
|The first day of January
|Chinese New Year Eve
||23 January afternoon
|Lunar New Year's Day
|| 24 January
|The Second Day of Lunar New Yearx
|The Third Day of Lunar New Year
|Ching Ming Festival
|| 5 April
|| 30 April
|Tuen Ng Festival
|| 25 June
|National Day/Mid- Autumn Festival
|| 1 October
|The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
|| 2 October
|Chung Yeung Festival
|| 25 October
|All Souls Day
|Date of the Imaculate Conception
|Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
|New Year Eve
|| 31 December
Government offices work five days a week, starting
at 9.00 AM and finishing at 5.45 PM (Monday to Thursday) and 5.30 PM (Friday).
Lunch break is between 1.00 PM to 2.30 PM. Most private companies work
9.00 AM to 6.00 PM, take an hour and a half and a half lunch break, and
occasionally work Saturday mornings.
There are 25 financial institutions in Macau,
including 21 fully licensed banks, one offshore branch, a Post Office
Savings Department and two finance companies. In terms of the retail banking
market, there are 111 bank branches, and 162 ATMs in Macau.
Any ATMs that exhibit VISA, MASTERCARD or AMERICAN EXPRESS symbols will
accept cash withdrawal on accounts from these credit networks.
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Currency & Exchange Rates
The pataca (MOP) is the official unit of currency in Macau. It is available
in coins and banknotes in denominations of:
10, 20, 50 avos;
1, 5 & 10 patacas.
10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 patacas.
The Macau pataca can be freely converted into
Portuguese escudos or Chinese yuan. It is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar
- which is circulated freely in Macau - at the rate of 103.20 patacas
= HK$ 100.00, with a permissible variation of up to 10%.
8 Patacas is equivalent to 1 US dollar.
100 Patacas is equivalent to approximately 105 RMB.
Foreign currencies or travellers cheques may be
exchanged at hotels, banks and licensed money exchange bureau.
There are no restrictions on the amount of currency
which can be brought in or taken out.
There are plenty of licensed taxis, all with meters
and painted black with a cream-coloured roof, joined by radio-called taxis
in yellow colour, Tel:519519 and 3988800. It is advisable to have the
address of your destination written in Chinese.
Public buses and minibuses run from 6:45am to midnight.
On all routes within the city, the fare is 2.5 patacas per journey. There
are buses(Route 3, 3A, 10, 12, 23, 28C & 32) that provide regular
service between the city and the piers for incoming or out going visitors.
There are buses from Macau to the islands with
regular departures throughout the day, from 6:45am to 11pm. The fares
are Taipa-3.30 patacas, Coloane Village-4 patacas and Hac Sh Beach-5
Bus number AP1 links the airport with the ferry
terminal and downtown. The fare is 6 patacas.