China - Macau Travel Information
Macau, a Special Administrative
Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, enjoys a high degree
of autonomy, except in the areas of defense and foreign policy, and retains
its own currency, laws, and border controls.
from tourism exceeds exports. Macau, population 592,731, covers a ten-square-mile
area on the mainland of China bordering the South China Sea and the small,
adjacent islands of Taipa and Coloane.
Macau Entry/Exit Requirements
Passports are required.
A visa is not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. For further
information on entry requirements, please consult the Macau Tourist Information
Bureau’s U.S. Representative Office (operated as Integrated Travel
Resources Inc.) at 5757 West Century Boulevard, Suite 660, Los Angeles,
CA 90045-6407, Tel: (310) 568-0009 or Fax: (310) 338-0708. You can also
check the Macau Government home page at www.macau.gov.mo, or contact the
Embassy of China. (The Embassy’s address is at the end of the booklet).
The pataca (US $1.00
to approximately 7.99 patacas) is the official currency in Macau. Included
in the cost of ferry tickets from Macau to Hong Kong is a departure tax
of 20 patacas. The airport departure tax for flights from Macau to China
is 80 patacas, and 130 patacas for flights to other destinations.
What to Do on Your Holidays in Macau
Macau also spelt Macao is 60 km directly west of Hong Kong
Macau consists of the smaller islands of Coloane and Taipa and the
Macau Peninsula which are all linked together by a bridge. The
climate here is described as subtropical. Weather conditions vary from
month to month. It has very wet and windy winters but long hours of
sunshine in the summer, the summer climate of Macau is long other
seasons making it an ideal summer holiday destination. However, warm
temperatures can cause thunder showers and heavy rains.
Macau has its own culture, currency and administration. It has
cultural amalgamation of Portugal and China as it was colonized by the
Portuguese and is located in Chinese grounds. There are plenty of
monuments, churches, museums and historical places to visit here that
are extremely popular with tourists. The quiet ambience of these
beautiful places will have a relaxing on soothing effect. This
altogether new experience of beauty and peace is known to be
revitalizing and many tourists return here year after year.
is known for its colourful and vivacious culture. There are festivals
and carnivals held here that take place in the same months year after
year which can be enjoyed by tourists. It may be worth planning your
holidays around these events so you can get a taste of what they're
really like. The carnivals and street parades and major tourist
attractions in Macau and tourists can join in with the celebrations if
This country is also known for its fantastic night life, it is
possible before you arrive there to get information on the local
hotspots. The internet offers valuable information of where to go and
the places that will ensure an unforgettable night out. Macau is also
famous for its casinos and bars, the service here is considered to be
absolutely 1st class. Again, research into the best places to go before
arriving there could prove invaluable.
Macau is the first European settlement in the Far East and the
European culture is deep rooted in the country. For those people
interested in the historical background of Macau, they can visit one of
the many museums. Going on guided tours can also provide insight into
the countries history and culture.
Accommodation and food facilities are key to enjoying your
holiday here; there are numerous bars and restaurants to dine in and a
variety or self catering apartments and holiday villas that are
available to rent from holiday home owners. There are holiday homes
available to suit all budgets.
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