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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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Macau Special Administrative Region | Aomen

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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: 澳门; 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: Fri-Mar-6  06:29

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)


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.


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.


Macau Yellow Pages

Additional Information about Macau

BBC News Country Profile: Macau
Background Notes: Macau
Governments on the WWW: Macau
Macau WWW Virtual Library
Collection of links related to Macau and the 1999 Handover.
Open Directory Project: Macau
Wikipedia: Macau
The World Factbook -- Macau
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