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The climate is moderate to hot, with an average annual temperature of just over 20°C (68°F). The winter (January - March) is cold but sunny. In April, the humidity starts to build up and from May to September the climate is hot and humid with rain and occasional tropical storms (typhoons).

The total population is estimated at approximately 455,000 with about 95% of the population Chinese and 5% Portuguese, Europeans and from other regions.

Potuguese and Chinese are the two official languages. In reality almost no one speaks Portuguese anymore and Cantonese is the predominant Chinese dialect and most widely spoken. English is Macau's third language and is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.

The pataca (composed of 100 avos) is the official unit of currency in Macau. It is available in coins and banknotes in denominations of:
Coins: 10, 20, 50 avos; 1 & 5 patacas.
Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, & 1000 patacas.

The Macau pataca can be freely converted into Portuguese escudos or Chinese yuan. It is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar - which is circulated freely in Macau. Small shops and restaurants will accept Hong Kong dollars, but change will be in Patacas.


Similar to Hong Kong and China, electricity in Macau is 220V, 50 Hz. The power plugs used in Macau are three-pin, square-shaped or circular. It is recommended you check before using an electrical appliance.


Macau is a very safe place. There are police stations and reporting centres throughout the territory and for emergencies dial 999. There are also two new 24-hour emergency hotline numbers - 110 and 112 - to facilitate emergency calls by visitors from the Mainland and abroad.

Useful Numbers

Macau Tourist Hotline: (853) 2833 3000

Macau Consumer Council Hotline: (853) 8988 9315

Police Tel: (853) 2857 3333

Fire Tel: (853) 2857 2222

SOS Tourist Hotline (International): 112

Government Hospital Tel: (853) 2831 3731
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