Macau Travel Overview

Macau Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Macau

Official language: Portuguese, Chinese

Currency: Pataca

Continent: Asia

“The Las Vegas of Asia”

Macau is located about 60 km west of Hong Kong directly at the mouth of the Pearl River in the South China Sea.

Macau is easy to reach from Hong Kong. On the one hand with the high-speed ferry, with which you can get to Macau in about an hour. On the other hand, it is also possible to fly to Macau by helicopter. The travel time is then only about half an hour. Macau has had its own international airport for several years.

For a long time until 1999 Macau was under the administration of Portugal. That year, Macau was returned to the People’s Republic of China as a Special Administrative Region. Macau is best known as a metropolis for gambling. Many gambling tourists come here on the weekend. Many Hong Kong Chinese among them, as gambling is prohibited in Hong Kong.

But Macau is not all about casinos and gambling. In addition, there are numerous sights to discover in Macau – especially from the Sino-Portuguese past. In 2005, for example, the old town (also known as the historic center) of Macao was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. This historical center includes more than twenty sights and attractions. Including the Largo do Senado square. There are numerous sights around the Largo do Senado square, such as the National Library or the City Hallfrom Macau. On the upper floor of this city hall is a gallery of the portraits of all the governors who ruled Macau on behalf of Lisbon. The ruins of St. Paul’s, the Guia fortress and Fortaleza do Monte are also part of this historical center.

If you are on vacation in Macau, you should also visit the Macau Tower. The Macao Tower is a television tower with five viewing platforms from where you have a wonderful view over Macau. A very convenient way to discover Macau and its sights is with a so-called pedicab. A pedicab is a type of cycle rickshaw for two people.

After all, Macau is also primarily for the Guia Circuit. The Guia Circuit is a motorsport track. It is rebuilt every year for the Formula 3 Grand Prix. In addition to the street circuit in Monaco, the Guia Circuit is one of the few street circuits on which races are still held.

Important facts

Capital: Macau

Official language: Portuguese, Chinese

Currency

Currency (sub-unit)

Pataca (100 Avos)

ISO 4217 code

MOP / 446

Geography

Continent: Asia

Geo coordinates: N 22 ° 11 ‘55.5 “E 113 ° 32’ 41”

Highest mountain: Colonae Alto (174 m)

Total area: 25 km²

Mainland: 25 km²

National border: 1 km

Coastline: 41 km

Politics

Dependency: China, People’s Republic since 1999

Economy

Macao GDP - gross domestic product

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 10.7 billion

Inflation rate: 4.4%

Unemployment: 4.3%

State budget revenue: $ 3.720 billion

State budget expenditure: $ 3.56 billion

Export: $ 4,680,000,000

Import: $ 4,474,000,000

Electricity consumption: 2,040 million KWh

Oil consumption: 12,000 million m³

Demographic data

Residents: 453.200

Average age: 36.1 years

0-14 years: 16.2%

15-64 years: 75.9%

> 65 years: 7.9%

Population growth: 0.86%

Birth rate: 8.48 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 4.47 / 1,000 residents

Migration: 4.56 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.92

Fertility: 1.02 children / woman

Infant mortality: 4.35 ‰

Life expectancy men: 79.36 years

Life expectancy women: 85.17 years

Country codes

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: MO

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: MAC

ISO 3166 numeric: 446

Top Level Domain: mo

UN / LOCODE: MO

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Transportation

Paved roads: 373 km

Cars: 69,000

Health

Number of doctors: 940

Daily food intake: 2,510 kcal / resident

Education

Illiteracy: 5%

Religion

Main religious group: Buddhists