Macau Travel Facts
Macau is located on the southeastern coast of China; latitude 22° 14' Nort, longitude 113° 35' East. The territory comprises a peninsula and two islands in the Pearl River delta of Guangdong Province. 60 kms northeast across the mouth of the river is Hong Kong. Macau boasts of history and fashion, western and oriental cultures and peace and prosperity. It is a beautiful place to visit and the delicate beauty of the place rejuvenates the tired traveler in every way.
Tourist Attractions: Largo Do Senado is in elegant and simple Boroque and Portuguese style building situated in the wonderful main square area in the downtown city area. Snack stalls, curio markets, clothes shops, pharmacies, jewelry shops are located in the narrow roadways. The Ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral are one of the most important attractions of the city. The Monte Fort is one of the best maintained forts in Macau. The Museum of Macau with its exquisite collection narrates all stories concerning the past of the city. This place is located at the bottom of the Penha Peninsula. A-Ma Temple is located in the southwest of the city and built in the Ming Dynasty. This temple was built in praise of the goddess A-Ma. Thousands of devotees visiting this temple during the festival. The Horse racing at Macau Jockey Club is the place of attractions for gamblers from adjoining areas like Bamboo Bay and Hac Sa Bay.
Shopping in Macau: The most famous shopping item in Macau is jewellery (particularly gold), Chinese antiques, porcelain, pottery, electric gadgetry, watches, knitted wear, etc. They are available at duty free prices and no sales tax is charged, but bargaining is standard. The prices are cheaper than many other cities in the region. For knitted-wear and locally-made clothes at economical prices there are many street stalls near Senate Square and in Rua da Palha. Another popular buy is Chinese herbs and medicine, dried seafood like shark's fins and abalone, and Chinese and Macanese pastries.
Macau Cuisine: Macau is the land of beautiful cuisines with mouth-watering delicacies. There is the Portuguese cuisine Macau style. The Cantonese cuisine and delicious cuisine from Italy, India, Korea, Japan, Brazil and France are every ones favourite. Also the Pastries de Nata which is a Portuguese cuisine, an egg tart, is a featured snack found at the Café and Nata along with cashew cookies, cheese rolls, egg rolls, and chicken cakes are also served in many café which are good-to-eat treat for all.
Weather: moderate to hot, with average annual temperatures of just over 20°C (68°F). The humidity is high with an average range between 75% and 90%. Rainfall is also high with the yearly total between 40 and 80 ins. The best season is autumn (Oct-Dec) when days are sunny and warm and the humidity is low. The winter (Jan/Mar) is cold but sunny. In April, the humidity starts to build up, from May to Sep. climate is hot and humid with rain and occasional tropical storms (typhoons).
Currency: The pataca is the official unit of currency in Macau, available in coins and banknotes in denominations of Coins: 10, 20, 50, avos; 1 & 5 patacas.Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, & 1000 patacas.