The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is a part of China’s territory. It is located on the southeast coast of China, to the west of the Pearl River Delta. Bordering on Guangdong Province, Macau lies 65 kilometers – just an hour’s ferry ride southwest from Hong Kong and 145 kilometers from Guangzhou
– Macau has a total area of approximately 30 square kilometers, consisting of a narrow peninsula called Macau and two islands (Taipa & Coloane). The Border gate “Portas to Cerco” connects Macau to the People’s Republic of China through the city of Zuhai. Three bridges, Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, Friendship Bridge (Ponte da Amizade) and Sai Van Bridge, link Macau peninsula to Taipa and Coloane. Local time is same as Hong Kong and eight hours ahead of Greenwich.
Located in the subtropical climate zone, Macao has moderate climate conditions throughout the year. Annual average temperature is about 23ºC (73ºF) and ranges from 20ºC (68ºF) to 26ºC (79ºF). Humidity levels are high in the city, where the average annual relative humidity tops 79%. The average annual rainfall measures about 2,058 mm in Macao, with the rainy season falling between May and September every year. The Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau will issue a rainstorm warning when the amount of precipitation over Macao is expected to reach about 50 mm in the next two hours.
Travelling to Macau
- Direct flight to Macau Internation Airport
- The airport is well served by air-conditioned taxis, public buses and hotel shuttle buses.
- Alternatively, visitors can also consider taking a flight to Hong-Kong first and transferring to Macau via the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. (The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is a Bridge–tunnel system, which consists of a series of three cable-stayed bridges and one undersea tunnel, as well as 3 artificial islands, spanning the Lingdingyang channel connecting Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai, three major cities on the Pearl River Delta in China. The 55-kilometre (34 mi) link is among the longest fixed-links in the world and is a major landmark in the area. The bridge planned to open by end of 2018)
- Hong Kong has three major terminals that service Macao-bound routes: Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Shun Tak Centre located on Hong Kong Island, the China Ferry Terminal located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal in New Territories. Tourists can find quite a number of jetfoils, catamarans and ferries available, run by TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet.