Overview of Macao

Official designation
Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR) of the People’s Republic of China.

Geographic location
Macao is located on the southeast coast of China, to the west of the Pearl River Delta. Macao shares a border with Guangdong Province, and is located 60 kilometres from Hong Kong SAR and 145 kms from Guangdong’s provincial capital Guangzhou.

Macao Pataca (MOP)
The currency is indexed against the Hong Kong Dollar, at the following rate: HKD 1.00 = MOP 1.03.

Official languages
Chinese and Portuguese.

Local time
Local time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

The tertiary sector, including commerce, services and tourism, is the main pillar of Macao’s economy.

The Macao SAR – including the Macao peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane – has a land area of 32.9 square kms (2020).

Data from 2021 estimated the population of Macao to be 683,200.