Macau retains its “East meets West” heritage in its architecture, legal system and local cuisine. Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, and some Portuguese still live here, maintaining a community of
schools, restaurants, and businesses.
In 2005, UNESCO granted World Heritage status to “The Historic Center of Macau”, which comprises of a dozen historic monuments, including the iconic Ruins of St. Paul’s.
Location and Area
Macau (also spelt Macao) is situated on China’s south-eastern coast on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta 60 kilometres from Hong Kong.
Macau’s total land area is just over 30 square kilometres, comprising the Macau Peninsula, the islands of Taipa and Coloane, and the Cotai area.
The Peninsula shares a land border with Zhuhai, China.
Macau is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.