Macau Information Dossier
Location: Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta, some 60km west of Hong Kong and 145km southwest of Guangzhou. It consists of the Macau Peninsula itself and the islands of Taipa and Coloane.
It was a Portuguese colony till 1999.
Climate: Macau has a humid subtropical climate, with an average humidity of between 75% and 95%. Temperatures are regulated by the coastal location of Macau and the annual average temperature is around 23°C. Seasonal changes are heavily influenced by monsoons. Macau is warm and humid from May to September when southeast and southwest winds come in from the Pacific. In summer temperature can reach in the low 30s.
It is drier and colder from November to February when the north winds come from Siberia and northern China. In winter it can get as low as 10°C. Spring comes in March and April, in the transition between the two monsoons, and brings with it wet and foggy weather. Autumn, from the late September through October, is sunny and comfortably warm.
Cuisine: In Macau, tourists can enjoy both Chinese and western style food. Chinese food is characterized by Guangdong Cuisine, Sichuan Cuisine, Shanghai Cuisine, and Chaozhou Cuisine, etc. But Guangdong Cuisine is the most popular.
Western food in Macau is characterized by the styles of Portugal, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asian Countries. Since Macau was ruled by the Portuguese for over 400 years, it influenced the food culture quite deeply. Therefore, the most representative of local food is Portuguese Cuisine and tourists in Macau should never miss it.
Macau is a customs-free port. Most of the drinks, such as wine, alcohol, champagne, and famous Portuguese Porto are sometimes cheaper than those sold in Portugal.
Common cooking techniques include baking, grilling and roasting. The former, seldom seen in other styles of Chinese cooking, speaks of modern Macau cuisine as a type of fusion cuisine.
Things to Do: Macau is the gambling capital of the world, with several casinos operating at full swing. Visit to these casinos is a must when you are in Macau. However, Macau has a rich heritage also, thanks to a long Portuguese control. A walking tour in the old heart of the city can be fascinating, where one can see sites like Senado Square, the Ruins of St. Pauls, the beautiful churches and temples and the old city wall.
Macau cuisine, best example of the fusion of the European and Chinese cuisines, is something tourists must enjoy. There are beaches too in Macau.
Visa: To get into Macau, the Indian traveler needs the following:
1) Passport with minimum six months validity and two blank pages
2) An international card and some foreign currency
Generally, the immigration officials don’t ask for any other documentation, but it is good to have some answers ready regarding hotel bookings and return journey.
There is no charge for entry into Macau for the Indian passport and the traveler gets 30 days in Macau on a single entry. As long as you exit within 30 days, you can enter Macau as many times as possible.
Flight: There are no direct non-stop flights from India to Macau. One can fly to Macau through Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, or China. Alternatively, one can fly over to Hong Kong and cross over to Macau by an hour ride in a ferry.