About Macau

Macau is a country located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong, China.  It was founded in 1557.

History [Founded in 1557] • Capital [Macau] • Government [Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China] • Currency [Macau Pataca (MOP) (official) and Macau Dollar (HKD)] • Language [Chinese Portuguese] • Religion [Buddhist, Christian] • Electricity [220V, 50Hz (rounded 3-pin 5A and 15A plug and UK 13A plug)] • Time Zone [UTC+8] • Country Code [+853] • Internet TLD [.mo] • Emergencies [Dial 999]

Macau Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Macau and find the best things to see, do and experience in Macau even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Fortaleza do Monte

Fortaleza do Monte
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Fortaleza do Monte is the historical military centre of Macau, China. It is part of the “Historic Centre of Macau” and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Galaxy Macau is a  grand casino and hotel complex.

Macau Tower

Macau TowerNight view of macau tower and sai van bridge at macau china.

Ruins of St Pauls

Ruins of st pauls
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Museum of Macau

Museum of Macau
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The Macau Museum sits on the hill of the Fortaleza do Monte, a 16th-century fort in Macau. The museum was open on 18 April 1998.

Senado Square

Senado Square
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Tourists visit the Historic Centre of Macao-Senado Square in Macau, China. The Historic Centre of Macao is a  UNESCO World Heritage site.


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Venetian Casino is a famous shopping mall, luxury hotel and the largest casino in the world in Taipa.



Restaurant – no need as there is a 10% service charge in the bill.
Tour Guide –
Hotel –  USD $2-3 per piece of luggage.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free


Pataca: MOP with symbol  MOP$
Pataca Notes denominations (MOP$): 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000
Pataca Coin denominations (MOP$): 1, 2, 5 and 10
Pataca Coin denominations (avos): 10, 20, 50
1MOP$ = 100 avos

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.


ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro. Both patacas and Hong Kong dollars can be dispensed.

Travellers cheques

Not widely accepted. In US dollar recommended.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri: 0800-1700
Sat: 0900-1200

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 999

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.