Macau Special Administrative Region (S.A.R.) is located on the south coast of China. It has a humid subtropical climate with very mild winters and hot summers. As a well-renowned casino-dominated city earning the nickname of the “Las Vegas of the East”, its historical architecture, museums, and casinos are famous tourist attractions. Macau is also a city known for its highly developed tourism sector and high level of safety for travelers.
Many local and fine dining restaurants in Macau are worth a visit. Macau is famous for Macanese cuisine which uses a mix of southern Chinese and Portuguese ingredients and cooking techniques. Besides the local flavor, many other restaurants offer a range of international cuisine choices. Macau is also home to many Michelin-starred restaurants that are not to be missed.
Over 20 locations or buildings that reflect the unique co-existence of the Chinese and Portuguese cultures are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are many “must-see” landmarks for tourists, such as A MA Temple, Ruins of St. Pauls, Leal Senado Square, Taipa Houses Museum, and Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre. To enjoy a luxurious shopping experience, the shopping centers in the hotels located at the Cotai Strip would not disappoint.
Time zone in Macau (GMT/UTC+8)
The climate of Macau is sub-tropical, with very mild winters and hot, rainy summers. Warm and sunny is the main feature of Macau weather in October. The average maximum temperature is 27°C (81°F), and the minimum drops to 22°C (72°F). Please visit the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau ( http://www.smg.gov.mo/en ) for your reference.
Portuguese and Chinese are the official languages of the Macau S.A.R. These are used in most of the street signs and publications. Tourist and restaurant menus are often shown in Chinese and English. Cantonese and Mandarin are widely spoken, but most taxi drivers, salespersons, tourism industry employees are able to communicate in simple English.
The Macau S.A.R. government allows citizens of over 140 specific countries/territories to travel to Macau for tourism or business purposes for periods ranging from 180 days to 14 days without having to obtain a visa. For country-specific visa information, please visit the Macao Immigration Department – Service of Public Security Police Force ( http://www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/eng/EDoN.html ) for details.
For delegates from countries for which visas are required for entry to Macau, please check with the Chinese Embassy/ Consulates of the PRC ( https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng ) or Consulate in your country.
Casino Shuttle Bus
At the above entry ports, participants can take the casino shuttle bus to the hotels which are connected to the Four Seasons Hotel (Venetian, Parisian and Sands Cotai Central).
Four Seasons Hotel (The Plaza Casino) operates a complimentary shuttle van service that stops at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, and is only available at the Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal.
Participants can also take the casino shuttle bus at the Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal to the hotels which are connected to the Four Seasons Hotel (Venetian, Parisian and Sands Cotai Central).
Taxi service is also widely available
Participants are strongly recommended to purchase travel and medical insurance before departing for Macau.
The official currency of Macau is Macau Pataca (MOP). One US Dollar is approximately MOP 8.10 (please check current exchange rates for best accuracy). The Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is also widely accepted in most shops and restaurants with a variable exchange rate. Participants can exchange your currency for MOP at any authorized money exchanger or bank. Most of the banks are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) can be found almost everywhere and provide 24-hour cash withdrawal for MOP.
Smoking is banned in all public venues, public transport stops and stations. As well, smoking is prohibited within 10 metres of bus stops and taxi stations. Most casinos have a designated closed-off ventilated area for smoking. Certain hotels may offer guest rooms that allow smoking (please check with your hotel for accuracy). The fine for smoking in prohibited areas is MOP 1,500.
In Macau, the power plug and socket is a 3-rectangular-pin type. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Local SIM cards can be purchased at convenience stores, as well as the stores in the arrival hall of the Macau International Airport, the two ferry terminals and the Gongbei Port/Border.
A 10% service charge is included in some restaurants, so tipping is not common practice in Macau. Bars often apply a 15% service charge to the bill. A small tip is generally appreciated by bellhops, waiters and taxi drivers.
There is no sales tax (VAT) in Macau.
All retail businesses in Macau are required to charge a levy of MOP 1.00 for each plastic shopping bag provided to customers. So, bringing your own bag is highly encouraged when you go shopping.