Useful Information

About Macao

Macao (or Macau), full named as Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, locates in the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong province, bordered by the city of Zhuhai in Mainland China to the north, Wanzi and Hengqin area of Zhuhai to the west, Hong Kong which lies about 60 kilometers across the Delta to its east, and South China Sea to its south.

 

Macao is of the size of 30.5 km2 and responsible for 85 km2 of coastal ocean area. With a population of nearly 65 millions, it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Macao is consisted of Macao peninsula, where the city centre locates, and the islands of Taipai and Coloane. These two islands are now connected by a sea-filling area called Cotai.

 

Macao’s economy is mainly pillared by gambling industry; other industries such as tourism, manufacture, financial transaction industry also play a vital role in its economy. By adopting the strategy of promoting moderate economic diversification, the local government has strived to promote pluralistic-industry structure of economy. The official languages of Macao are Chinese and Portuguese. A significant amount of local residents can also speak English and other languages or dialects. Macao has its own international airport and ferry terminals, which makes it accessible for travelers from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and other cities; besides, only by passing the border between Macao and mainland China through the Border Gate or the Lotus Port of Entry, travelers can easily enter Macao by land.

 

Macao heritages both the Chinese and western culture, where the aim of “the dominant Chinese culture accepts the coexistence of multi cultures” is achieved successfully. Macao preserves many historical properties. For example, the Historic Centre of Macao, which includes 22 historical buildings and 8 squares, was recognized as a World Heritage Site UNESCO in 2005.

 

Currency

The local currency of Macao is Macao Pataca (MOP). The exchange rate between Macau Pataca, Renminbi (RMB), and US Dollar (USD) is about 1 MOP: 0.845 RMB: 0.124USD. You may use internationally accepted currencies in exchange for the local currency. Credits cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted by most local hotels and shops.

 

Climate

The day temperature of Macao in November averages 24℃. Recommended attire includes short-sleeved shirts, T-shirt, thin jeans or pants, or other comfortable casual or business attire. The average night temperature is 18℃. Recommended attire includes suits, jackets, thin sweaters other clothes that you feel comfortable.

 

Time Zone

The time zone of Macao is UTC+8, same to Beijing time.

 

Air Tickets and Visas

You need to book air tickets and apply for visas by yourself based on your personal schedule. Should you need an invitation for visa application, please contact LOI Manhou (manhouloi@myf.org.mo; +853-28523618). After you receive the confirmation letter you may turn to a service provider to help you apply for the visa or book your air ticket at your own expense.

 

Shuttle Services

The Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central provides shuttle bus services at Border Gate (9:00-0:00, every 10-15 minutes), Lotus Port of Entry (9:00-20:00, every 10-15 minutes), Taipa Ferry Terminal (8:15-21:00, every 10-15 minutes), Macau Ferry Terminal (9:00-0:00, every 10-20 minutes), and Macau International Airport (9:00-0:00, every 15-20 minutes). Should you have any questions, please contact LOI Manhou (manhouloi@myf.org.mo; +853-28523618) or browse the hotel website.

 

Food

Should you have any special food requirement, please notify the Secretariat in writing (Email:manhouloi@myf.org.mo  Tel.: +853-28523618). The Secretariat will exert its best effort to satisfy your need and inform you the cost incurred as a result if there is any.

 

Language

Simultaneous interpretation in Chinese and English will be provided for all sessions.

 

Telephone

The international code of Macao is +853. You can directly make China long-distance or international calls in your hotel room, but at different rates for different countries. You may consult the reception for such information and need to pay your telephone bill before check-out.

 

Insurance

Any form of insurance will not be offered. You are strongly encouraged to buy an insurance for travelling overseas. The policy should be able to cover losses resulting from the loss of the deposit or participant fee caused by cancellation of participation or cancellation of the summit, as well as any other additional cost and expense caused by any reason, including air ticket, medical expenses, damage for personal belongings or costs incurred by a possible changed itinerary.