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Macau is renowned for the permanent Portuguese presence that began in the mid-1500s and the resulting southern European influence that is still clearly evident in Macau today.  Portugal de facto governed Macau for centuries even before the official agreement with China that ceded governance to Portugal in 1887.  Macau was returned to Chinese sovereignty in a highly publicized handover on December 20, 1999.

Macau is more recently famous as one of the worldís fastest growing entertainment and leisure holiday destinations.  More than 20 million visitors arrive in Macau annually, largely drawn by international casinos, like Grand Lisboa, Wynn Macau, Sands Macao, Venetian Macao, MGM Grand Macau, Crown Macau, and StarWorld.  The fact that Macau surpassed Las Vegas to become the largest gambling location in terms of gaming revenue made world headlines and further solidified Macauís position as a world-class entertainment town.

There is, of course, much more to Macau than casinos.  Like its cousin Las Vegas, Macau is attracting a wide range of entertainment and leisure activities to cater to the diverse desires of so many holidaymakers.  In Macau visitors will discover luxury hotels and resorts, world-famous music and theater performances, irreplaceable historical monuments, and fabulous shopping.

Dining in Macau
Dining in Macau is constantly evolving, with new restaurants opening almost every month. The dining guide provides reviews of the best Macau restaurants, plus information on price, ambience and location to make it easier for diners to have a satisfying dining experience.

In Macau, there is dining round every corner, with choices that cater to every whim and fancy, budget and requirement. From noodle shops and beachside restaurants and family-run Macanese eateries to Michelin 3 star restaurant Robuchon A Galera, youíll never be short of dining diversity in Macau.

While there is cuisine from almost every part of the world available, every visitor should experience the distinctive taste of Macau at least once. Macanese cuisine is unique fusion of flavors, which is a hybrid of Portuguese and Chinese dishes. The reason why the cuisine is bursting with flavor is due to the fact it contains healthy dose of exotic spices originally collected by Portuguese traders during long sea voyages along the coasts of Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Classic Macanese must-tries include African chicken, curry crab, and clams with black beans and chili which have satisfied both visitors and locals for centuries.
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Macau Climate
Macau located at the west bank of Pearl River Delta in South China, is the intersection of Mainland China and South China Sea. It is also located at the south of tropic of Cancer. The winds directions in winter and summer are opposite. Therefore, Macau is in the monsoon region and from the climate classification is considered mild and rainy in summer. The most comfortable period begins from the middle of October to December.

The winter season in Macau covers the months January and February. The cold air from north Siberia continuously passes through the Mid and South China into Macau region and brings us cold and dry northerly winds. The urban temperature sometimes drops below 10ºC. Therefore, the annual minimum temperature is generally recorded in these two months. When the precipitation and rainy days are less it is because there is lack of water vapour in the atmosphere.

March and April is the seasonal interchange period. The wind direction along the coastal region of South China is mainly easterly to southeasterly, which will increase the temperature and humidity. Beside some occasional wet weather, fog, drizzle and low visibility days, the weather is mainly fine in spring.

The summer in Macau is longer than the other seasons. Because of hot and wet conditions, the bad weather such as thunderstorm and heavy rain always occur from May to September. Waterspout can be seen occasionally.

Meanwhile from May to October, tropical cyclones occur frequently which make the highest records of precipitation, temperature, rainy days and thunderstorms. As local tropical cyclones number 8 typhoon signal is hoisted the sea and air transports are suspended.

The autumn begins at October, at that time the mainland China becomes cool. The autumn season in Macau is very short, the weather is stable and comfortable with clear sky. It finally returns to the cool and dry November. The cold air from the north will intrude periodically in December.

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

The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is a part of China's territory. It is located on the Southeast coast of China to the western bank of the Pearl River Delta, at latitude 22º 14' North, longitude 113º 35' East. Bordering on Guangdong Province, it locates 60km from Hong Kong and 145km from the city of Guangzhou.

The Macau Special Administrative Region has an area of 29.2 sq. km, comprised of the Macau Peninsula (with 9.3 sq. km and connected to Mainland China), the islands of Taipa (6.7 sq. km) and Coloane (7.6 sq. km) and the reclaimed area COTAI (5.6 sq. km). The three bridges connecting Macau to Taipa are Nobre de Carvalho (2.5 km long), the Friendship Bridge (4.5 km long) and Sai Van Bridge (2.2 km long). The longest one (Friendship Bridge) leads directly to Macau International Airport located on the Island of Taipa. The Sai Van Bridge, which was opened on 9 January 2005, is the first cable-stayed bridge in Macau. The double deck bridge has six lanes in the upper deck and four in the lower, which will open when a typhoon hits the city. The islands are connected by a causeway which is 2.2 km long.

Besides the Barrier Gate (Portas do Cerco), the visitor can access Mainland China through the COTAI Frontier Post. Immigration and Customs are located in the reclaimed area between the islands of Taipa and Coloane.

Macau is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, Cantonese being most widely spoken. The official languages are used in government departments in all official documents and communications. English is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.

The Pataca (MOP$) is divided into 100 avos and it is Macauís official currency. There are banknotes and coins in the following denominations:
Coins: 10, 20 and 50 avos; 1, 2, 5 and 10 Patacas.
Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Patacas.

By the decision of the Government the Pataca is linked to the Hong Kong dollar (HK$) which is accepted as currency in Macau. The exchange rate is MOP$103.20 = HK$100.00. There is an acceptable variation up to 10%. Roughly 10 Patacas is equivalent to 1 EURO and 8 Patacas is equivalent to 1 US Dollar.

Foreign currency or travellersí cheques can be changed in hotels, banks and authorised exchange dealers located all around the city. If the visitor needs to change money outside the usual banking hours, there are 24 hours exchange counters operating in the Macau International Airport (Taipa Island) and in the Lisboa Hotel (Macau). Banks open normally from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Most credit cards are accepted in many hotels, shops and restaurants.

There are no restrictions on the amount of currency, which can be brought in or taken out of the territory.

Macau Casinos
Gambling is Macau's biggest industry and busloads arrive daily from mainland China to try their luck. In addition, many Hong Kongers arrive on weekends with the same aim. For many years, the Casino Lisboa was the most famous and a landmark well known to people outside Macau, but it is being eclipsed by Sands Casino which opened in 2004.

Most casinos are located along the waterfront on the southern side of Macau Peninsula. North of the Lisboa is a strip with many smaller casinos, a number of hotels and bars, and quite a few restaurants. This can be one of the more interesting areas of Macau; among other things it has quite a good Indian restaurant and several Portuguese ones. However, parts of it are also fairly sleazy, with lots of hookers and touts, so some caution is in order. New casinos have also opened in the area called NAPE south of Avenida de Amizade, including Wynn Macau and Sands Macau.

All this is going to be overtaken by the new development on the Cotai Strip, which is being made into "The Las Vegas Strip of the East". The biggest casino in the world, Venetian Macao has started operations here in August 2007 and many others will follow. There are also several casinos on Taipa, including the Crown Macau.

There are ATMs available at either casino as well as forex facilities to change your money. Gamblers are required to be at least 18 years of age to be allowed to play. Interestingly, local civil servants are not allowed to enter the casinos with the exception of the first three days of the Chinese new year.
For the full listing of casinos, see the respective district pages.

Macau Nightlife
In the city that never sleeps, a cold beer is never more than a hop, skip and jump away. Explore Macauís nightlife which stylish hotel lounges, chilled out sports bars, pumping discos, karaoke outlets and chilled out wine bars. Macauís nightspots are only going to get hotter as the Cotai Strip emerges.

A big night out on the town can take you from the taverns of Taipa to the live international acts and performances in the casino clubs to throbbing clubs like DD3 and Fashion Club in Fishermanís Wharf.

The best place to club hop is on Macauís very own Lan Kwai Fong, in the NAPE area, which is packed with bars and karaoke pubs. Keep your eye on for the inside scoop on Macauís nightlife.

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