Macau, China

Short Name MAC
Contact Details

Tel: +853 2857 1037

Fax: +853 2857 1061

Web Address https://macauolympic.org
Email noc@macauolympic.org
Language Chinese (Cantonese), Portuguese
Population 520,400
Area 28.6 km²
Calling code +853
NATIONAL OLYMPIC
COMMITTEE

ABOUT

Macau is one of two special administrative regions of China, the other is Hong Kong. Macau is bordered by China and the South China Sea and is a special administrative region (SAR) of China.

The Chinese government assumed sovereignty over Macau on the 20th December 1999. The old urban architecture of Macau is one of the most attractive features of the city.

Popular tourist attractions include shrines, temples, Chinese gardens, churches, forts, statues, parks and monuments.

The most famous being the Ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral and the two islands of Coloane and Taipa connected by bridges. Its main exports are Clothing and textiles.

The name Macau is derived from the Chinese A-ma-gao Bay of A-Ma. A-ma was the name of a Chinese goddess, popular with the Chinese sailors and fishermen who had a temple on the peninsula when the Portuguese first anchored there in 1513.

CULTURE

The mixing of the Chinese and Portuguese cultures and religious traditions for more than four centuries has left Macau with an inimitable collection of holidays, festivals and events.

This mix is also evident in the remarkable architecture, economic activities, and demography, as well as its political culture.

The biggest event of the year is the Macau Grand Prix bearing similarities with the Monaco Grand Prix and The Lunar Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival and Macau's gambling houses are famous across Asia. Macau preserves many historical properties in the urban area.

The Historic Centre of Macau, which includes some twenty-five historic monuments and public squares is officially listed as a World Heritage Site.

Local cooking in Macau consists of a blend of Cantonese and Portuguese cuisines.

Many unique dishes resulted from the spice blends used. Influences include those from Europe, South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia and China.

CLIMATE

Macau has a humid subtropical climate and has a generally flat terrain. The climate is greatly influenced by the seasons and the monsoons.

This means that there is a significant difference in temperature in winter and summer months.

The average annual temperature of Macau is 22.3 °C (72.1 °F). Macau is situated on the coastal region of China and has ample rainfall, with average annual precipitation of 80 inches.

Unusually winter is mostly dry due to the monsoon from mainland China.

In summer the climate is hot and humid with rain and occasional typhoons.

RELIGION

Buddhist followed by Christianity

SPORTS

A wide variety of sports are played in Macau, these include football, basketball, volleyball, jogging, swimming, table tennis, and badminton.

Other major sporting events are the Grand prix, golf open and marathon. Macau hosted the Asian Indoor Games in 2007, Macau has a National Olympic Committee, although it is not a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), so cannot compete at the Olympics they can compete in the Asian Games as they have been a member of the OCA since 1989.

GAMES HOST

NEWS

Macau sports community celebrates Asian Games success
06 Sep 2018

Macau, China, September 5, 2018: The Chief Executive of the Special Administrative Region of Macau, China, Dr Fernando Chui Sai On, congratulated the athletes who brought glory to Macau at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.....

Macau NOC looks ahead to 18th Asian Games
23 Mar 2018

Macau, China, March 23, 2018: After an eventful 2017, the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau, China, is looking to maintain this momentum in the new Asian Games year. The National Olympic Committee held its General As.....

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