Practical information

Macau is located in the Guangdong province, on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta.

Macau has an area of 32.9 square kilometers, comprised of the Macau Peninsula, Taipa, Coloane, and the reclaimed area of COTAI. There are three bridges connecting the Macau Peninsula and Taipa, namely Nobre de Carvalho bridge, the Friendship bridge and the Sai Van bridge.

Macau is eight hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC +8).
Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages of Macau , Cantonese being the most widely spoken. The official languages are used in government department and in all official documents and communication. English is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.
The Pataca (MOP) is the official currency of Macau. There are banknotes in the following denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000.

The exchange rate as at January 2020 is roughly as follows:

– 1 EUR = 8.80 MOP
– 1 INR = 0.11 MOP
– 1 USD = 8.00 MOP
– 1 ZAR = 0.55 MOP

Foreign currency can be changed in some hotels, banks and exchange dealers located all around the city.

There are many ATMs around the city where money can be withdrawn.

Most credit cards are accepted in many hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Macau has an efficient bus service. There is information about destinations, routes, and stops on information panels in every bus stop. This information is also conveniently available on the Bus Travelling System app launched by the Transport Bureau of Macau – available on Android and iOS.

The bus fare for all routes is 6 MOP and this can be paid by coins (prepare exact amount as no change is given), using the Macau Pass smart card, or the MPay app available on Android and iOS.

Macau also has a good taxi service. Taxis in Macau are black and labelled accordingly. The flagfall charge is 19 MOP for the first 1600 meters – thereafter 2 MOP for every 240 meters. There is also a radio taxi service available at (+853) 8500 000 & 2828 3283.

There is a surcharge of 3 MOP for each piece of luggage carried in the boot. There is also a surcharge of 5 MOP for boarding a taxi at Macau International Airport, Taipa Ferry terminal, and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge terminal.

If you are not conversant in Cantonese or Mandarin it is recommended that you have the name of your destination readily available in Chinese. The Macau Taxi app provides flashcards in Chinese for popular destinations.
The are many health service providers in Macau – the most central one and close to the conference venue is the Tap Seac Health Centre located between Rua do Campo and Av. Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida (Tel: +853 2852 2232).

In a medical emergency, contact S. Januario Hospital, located in Estrada do Visconde de S. Januario, on +853 2831 3731 or Kiang Wu Hospital, located in Estrada Coelho do Amaral, on +853 2837 1333. Emergency services in these hospitals are open 24 hours.
Located in the subtropical climate zone, Macau has moderate climate conditions throughout the year. Annual average temperature is about 23 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels are high in the city, where the average annual relative humidity is above 79%. January, February and March are the winter months with relatively cost but sunny weather.

For more information please contact the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau.
The country code for Macau is +853 and the outgoing international code is 00.

Internet facilities are available at public libraries and major hotels.

The Macau SAR government provides free Internet access “WiFi GO” available from 08h00 to 01h00 at selected spots throughout the city. Users can use a non-encrypted connection (network name is wifigo) or an encrypted connection (network name is wifigo-s) – the username and password are wifigo for 45 minutes per session in high density areas. Visit WiFi Go website for more information.

FreeWiFi.MO is available in Macau as well at free public WiFi hotspots. Users can connect (to the network with “FreeWiFi.MO” in the name) to enjoy more than 60 minutes of free WiFi service. For more information visit the FreeWiFi.Mo website.

It is recommended to take the necessary Internet security precautions when using public WiFi services.
Electricity in Macau is 220V with a frequency of 50hz.

For information on the plugs used in Macau see this website.
Check out this article for some recommended apps for Macau.