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    A virtual guide to Macau. Get an overview of Macau's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and its government.
    Beside a country profile with facts and figures, this page offers maps, statistics, weather information, and links to sources that provide you with information about this Macau's official web sites, domestic airlines, local news, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more.

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    Country Profile

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    Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on 20 December 1999. China has promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system will not be practiced in Macau and that Macau will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs.
    (Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

    regional border: China
    related countries: Portugal
    where in Asia is Macau

    Official Name:
    Traditional chinese: 澳門特別行政區, hanyu pinyin: àomén Tèbié Xíngzhèngqū
    Regiao Administrativa Especial de Macau (Portuguese)

    short form: traditional Chinese: 澳門; simplified Chinese: 澳門; pinyin: Aòmén (Chinese);
    Macau (Portuguese)
    int'l long form: Macau Special Administrative Region
    int'l short form: Macau

    ISO Country Code: mo

    Local Time = UTC +8h
    Actual Time: Mon-Nov-9  06:41

    Country Calling Code: +853

    Capital City: none

    Type: Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China since 20 December 1999. Macau has its own mini-constitution (the Basic Law).

    Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China.
    Area: 28.2 km2 total, with 8.9 km2 on a peninsula connected to China and the southern islands of Taipa (6.5 km2), Coloane (7.6 km2), and Co Tai (5.2 km2, land reclaimed from the sea between Taipa and Coloane) linked by bridges and causeway.
    Terrain: Flat on the Coastline, hilly and rocky on the inland.

    Climate: Subtropical; hot and rainy from spring through summer, cool and humid in winter.

    Nationality: Macanese (sing. and pl.).
    Population: 557,000 (2011)
    Ethnic groups: Chinese 95.7%, Portuguese 1.7%.
    Religions: Buddhist 17%, Roman Catholic 7%, Christian 2%.
    Languages: Chinese (Cantonese) language has official status and the same legal force as Portuguese, the official language.
    Literacy: 91%.

    Natural resources: none

    Agriculture products: vegetables; fishing.

    Industries: Tourism, gambling, clothing, textiles, electronics, footwear, toys.

    Exports partners: USA 48.7%, China 14.9%, Hong Kong 9.8%, Germany 5.9% (2005)

    Imports partners: China 43.1%, Japan 10.9%, Hong Kong 10%, Singapore 5.2%, USA 4.1%, Taiwan 4% (2005)

    Currency: Pataca (MOP)

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    Official Sites of Macau

    Macao SAR Government Portal
    Macau Official Government site, with citizen, tourist and business information provided by the Macao SAR Government.

    Macao e-Government portal.

    Government Information Bureau
    GCS provides information for and about the Government and Administration.

    Macau Statistics and Census Service

    Direcção dos Serviços Meteorológicos e Geofísicos
    The Department of Meteorology and Geophysics.


    Map of Macau
    Political Map of Macau.

    Government of Macau Map
    Interactive Maps of Macau.

    Google Earth Google Earth Macau
    Searchable map and satellite view of Macau.

    Map of Southeast Asia
    Map of the Southeast Asia region.



    Government Information Bureau
    Official Macau News.

    Jornal Tribuna de Macau
    Regional and local news (in Portuguese)
    Ponto Final
    A portal of a Portuguese-language daily.

    Macao Daily News
    Macao's main daily (in Chinese)
    Va Kio Daily
    The Jornal Va Kio, a Chinese-language daily.

    Teledifusão de Macau (Macao TV)
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    Arts & Culture

    Macau Cultural Institute
    A guide to cultural events in Macau.
    Macao Cultural Centre
    Maco's Event Center includes a garden, a complex of two Auditorias and an Art Museum.
    Macau Museum
    History, traditions and diverse cultures of Macau.

    Macau Heritage Net
    Site about "The Historic Centre of Macao" a UNESCO World Heritage.
    Historic Centre of Macao
    Site of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

    Chinese Customs and Traditions
    Glossary of Chinese Customs and Traditions.

    Macau Kendo Association
    The way of sword - the official Kendo organization of Macau.
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    Business & Economy

    Monetary Authority of Macao
    The Macanese central bank and bank supervisory authority.

    Macao Economic Services
    Macao economic policy in the industrial, commercial and fisheries areas.
    Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute
    A non-profit organization, which is designated to promote the trade and investment activities of the territory.
    World Trade Center Macau
    World Trade Center Macau provides the vital link that connects individual and local companies with international opportunities.

    Air Macau

    Macau International Airport
    The airport's official site with passengers guide and flight information.

    Macau Island Passenger Transport Company.

    Destination Macau - Travel and Tour Guides

    Discover Macau: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

    Macau Government Tourist Office
    The official website of Macau Government Tourist Office.

    City Guide of Macau
    Macau for tourists with detailed descriptions of the principal touristic places in Macau.

    Macau Tourist Guide
    A Macau portal site.

    Sands Macao
    Casino and entertainment complex.

    Hotels in Macau
    Find a Hotel in Macau.

    Travel and Tour Consumer Information

    Aerial view of Macau © macau tourism


    Macau Polytechnic Institute
    Official homepage of Macao Polytechnic Institute.
    University of Macau
    Public institution of higher learning, founded in 1992.

    Environment & Nature

    Environment Council of Macao
    Official website of the council with information about its work and function.


    Chinese Dynasties
    Timeline of Chinese Imperial and Modern Dynasties.

    Macau 99
    The 1999 Handover ceremony site.
    Macau Heritage Net
    Site about "The Historic Centre of Macao" a UNESCO World Heritage.
    Macau History
    Brief history of Macau.

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