About Macau

Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, located in the west of the Pearl River Estuary, in four parts by the Macau Peninsula, Taipa, Coloane and Cotai City consisting of from about 70 km southwest of Hong Kong. In the middle of the 16th century, Macau was a Portuguese colony and the development of the Far East to important parts of the world trade center, and therefore fame. Southern European culture precipitation Macau Today also clearly see.

On December 20, 1999, the Macau in international concern handover ceremony officially returned to China, after Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Macau's important position in modern China with foreign ties, bears a rich cultural heritage. July 15, 2005, 22 buildings and 8 Square before to be included in the "World Cultural Heritage" Historic Centre of Macao. Macau Government Tourist Office and the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2006 and as "Macau World Heritage Year", and co-organized a number of cultural and promotional activities to attract tourists from all over the world.

Macau in recent years become the world's entertainment and tourism the fastest growing famous holiday hotspots. Visitor numbers up to over 20 million, most travelers are Mu International Casino name from Macau to become one of the largest areas of the world gaming revenue, and further consolidate its world-class entertainment city status.

Time difference
GMT +8, Hong Kong time

Weather
Weather Macau and Hong Kong close to the mid-October to December each year, the weather is most comfortable, warm and sunny, high humidity. Spring about March-April period, wet fog, the hottest months of July-August, about 27 to 32 degrees, when a trough of low pressure to bring long rainstorm. October autumn, the end of November, the weather turns cold, cold month of January, an average of 13 to 18 degrees.

Statutory holidays

January 1 New Year's Day
February 7-9, 2011 Lunar New Year
February 9-10, the suffering of Jesus icons travel
March 21-22 Easter
April 4 Ching Ming Festival
May 1 Labor Day
Buddha Day May 12
May 13 flowers to Mary icons Parade
June 8 Dragon Boat Festival
September 14 Mid-Autumn Festival
October 1 National Day of the People's Republic of China
October 7 Chung Yeung Festival
November 2 All Souls Day
December 8 Immaculate Conception
December 20 anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR
December 24-25 Christmas Day

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Some useful facts about Macau:

Population

Macau's population of about 562,900, predominantly Chinese, accounting for 94% of the total population. Portuguese and other nationalities is only about 6%.

Language

Chinese and Portuguese-speaking is the official language, Cantonese is the main lingua franca, most residents can exchange English and Putonghua.

Time

Macau is located in the UTC +8 time zone, GMT, Taipei and Hong Kong time, as early as eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Climate

The climate is moderate annual temperature changes between 16 º C (50 º F) to 25 º C (77 º F). October to December for the fall, from January to March for the winter, from May to September for the summer.

Currency

Official monetary unit MOP. Were approximately HK $ and RMB exchange rate of HK $ 103 = MOP $ 100 and MOP 100 = RMB 79.

Voltage

Macau voltage of 220 volts.