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    Macau - Visa?

    by SLLiew Written Oct 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: As a Malaysian, no visa required.

    Per http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/english/getting_to_macau_en.phtml
    Visas are required by all visitors except:

    a) Residents of Macau;

    b) Nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and the United Kingdom(6 months) for a stay up to 90 days;

    c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America and Uruguay for a stay up to 30 days;

    d) Nationals of China with valid Macau entry/depart documents, including residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and overseas Chinese for a stay of up to 30 days;

    e) The "Hong Kong Identity Card", "Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card" or "Hong Kong Reentry Permit" holders may stay in Macau for a maximum period of one year.

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    Best time to visit Macau

    by xuessium Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: You should visit Macau from October to May. It does get a little colder in Macau during the winter months of December-January (with temperature going as low as 0C but generally hovering around 10C-15C). The months of June -September is not favourable due to the many hurricanes and cyclones that are forming in the South China Sea and Macau usually gets the perfunctory bump one or two.

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    Currencies (Yes, plural) used in Macau

    by xuessium Written May 20, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The official currency in Macau is the Patacas (and the coins Centavos). The Patacas is not available on the open market, but you can certainly use the Hong Kong Dollar in Macau. The rate is almost 1:1 so virtually every tourist is using the Hong Kong Dollar for transactions. It is possibly one (if not, the only) place on Earth where an external currency is more widely used than the local currency.

    Do note: The Patacas CANNOT be used at all in Hong Kong.

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    Scooter Nation!

    by xuessium Written Jun 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If China is the empire of bicyles, Vietnam the haven of the moterbikes, then Macau is surely the land of the scooters. I did not realise it till my second trip when I realised that virtually every "bike" parked along the lots are actually scooters.

    Scooter lovers would love Macau.

    Simply amazing!

    Fondest memory: Scooters, scooters everywhere.

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    Hong Kong currency

    by vincentf Updated Jun 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Macau accepts Hong Kong currency readily. So there is no need to exchange your money to Macau patacas. The locals offer the exchange rate of 1:1. However, in reality HK$1 = MOP1.03. So, if you are spending a lot in Macau, it is worthwhile to exchange them into Patacas.

    Please note:

    Macau does not accept HK$10, be it the coin or the paper bill. Many merchants do not accept HK$ coins with the old Queen Elizabeth head.

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    Money in Macau

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Money in Macau is similar to Money in Hong Kong for multiple reasons. First, despite the fact that Macau (and Hong Kong) has been reunited with mainland China, they maintain their own unique currency. Second, the Macau currency is valued at almost exactly the same rate as the Hong Kong Dollar (1 Macau Pataca = 1 Hong Kong Dollar). And finally, Macau Pataca and Hong Kong Dollars are both legal currency in Macau (but not in Hong Kong!).

    Unfortunately, Patacas are somewhat difficult to come by in Macau. Many ATMs will not distribute them and stores will often not give them as change for your Hong Kong money. Luckily it doesn't matter if you use Patacas because HK$ are accepted everywhere, and they are even distributed at all Macau ATMs. I received a 10 Pataca note and a few one Pataca coins as change from a taxi ride.

    The only place Patacas are REQUIRED in Macau is at the slot machines in the casinos! They will not take HK$ (but the cashiers will exchange your HK$ for Patacas!).

    Macau Patacas

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    My first trip

    by acemj Written Dec 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is a picture that I believe was taken by my dad up at Penha Hill. My dad's secretary, Sylvia is on the left and then there's my sister, my mom (looking like a hippy!) and me showing off my six pack abs on the right.

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    Macao view 1

    by aramat Updated Oct 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: What I loved most about Macao is the remains of Portuguese culture in a Chinese environment. It's special and surprising. I didn't have much time in the city and it was far too hot for a comfortable walk around, but that's what I did anyway, and I'm happy that I managed to see quite a lot .

    Fondest memory: The view from Monte Hill is great. On the bottom right of the picture the facade of St Paul church can be seen.

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    Incense burning

    by aramat Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Incense originates from the tropical areas of South-East Asia and is used to purify the air, to calm the mind, to strengthen one's health. The scent of burning incense sticks and coils fills all the temples in Macau (it reminds me of lighting candles and the smell of frankincense in Catholic churches).

    Incense sticks
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    Macao streets 2

    by aramat Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The central area of the peninsula is hilly, but it's worth to walk up and down to forts, temples and churches.

    Fondest memory: As I was walking down from Fort Monte on this street (Caminho dos Artilheiros), it was very hot, I was thirsty and hungry, and at the end of the street, I found the THS cafe, a nice place with air conditioning and good coffee! It was very pleasant to sit there for a while and read my book.

    Down from Fort Monte
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    Guided Tour or Not

    by keeweechic Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Probably if you have limited time in Macau ? as in a one day trip from Hong Kong, then it would be better to take a tour to really get around the Island. If you just want to go and shop, then it is easy enough to do on your own. Museums are generally closed Mondays or Tuesdays. Its very easy to loose your bearings in the shopping area of Macau so if you can get yourself a map, this will help.

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    Portuguese names

    by solopes Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: It's nice to see the understanding and friendship behind the transition of Macao to Chinese administration, present in the respect that the new administration shows to the colonial period. As usual, in the old colonies Portuguese images and names were swept and replaced by local ones, but that didn't happen in Macao. Portuguese and Chinese names, side by side, are a healthy sign of preservation of local identity, naturally modelled by all the influences present along its history.

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    Macau People

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Of Macau's 450,000 residents today, only 20,000 are Macanese (Portuguese/Chinese mix) and a minuscule 1,000 are full-blooded Portuguese. Macau was a Portuguese colony from 1513 until 1999, so the influence of Portugal here is still very strong. The food has an interesting blend of eastern and Portuguese, and there are still two official languages: Portuguese and Chinese. The money is of course the Pataca, which is printed under the authority of the Chinese government.

    The people here seem to be more laid-back and friendly than their neighbors in big-city Hong Kong. The culture seems more rich and unique, the architecture more diverse, and the food more tasty.

    Macau's Chinese culture

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    Flag of Macau (Special Administrative Region)

    by xuessium Written Mar 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Macao adopted a flag upon its re-integration into China on 20 December 1999. The flag is light green with a white lotus above a stylized bridge and water and beneath an arc of five stars: one large and four smaller as on the flag of China.

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    Portuguese Heritage

    by solopes Updated Feb 13, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Portuguese heritage, in Macau, became World Heritage for Unesco.

    Many buildings are classified, but, for a Portuguese citizen, Portugal is present everywhere, even in the common buildings, pavements or small details.

    I think, those are the most difficult things to preserve.

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