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Macao, China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: The population of Macao, China is 667,400. Macao is a vibrant and exciting city with a unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. Expats love the city's diverse culture, excellent food, and vibrant nightlife. The weather in Macao is generally mild and humid, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 59°F (15°C) in the winter to an average high of 86°F (30°C) in the summer. The average cost of living in Macao for an expat is estimated to be around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is estimated to be around $1,500-$2,000 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment is estimated to be around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Macao?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Macao, they said:

"Before retiring in Macao, expats should ensure they meet the visa and residency requirements needed to legally live in the country. It is important to research the cost of living and the options available for healthcare, as well as other essential services for daily living. It is recommended for expats to learn basic Mandarin Chinese as most locals do not speak English and learning the language will make it easier to navigate the city. Macao has a subtropical climate, with warm and humid summers and mild winters, so it is important to dress accordingly. Finally, becoming part of the local community and making friends will make the adjustment to the new way of life much easier," explained one expat living in Macao, China, China.

"I would tell them a legendary Macanese saying: "In Macau there is a fountain, from which runs water charged with magical powers. Whoever drinks it will be bound to stay forever to the land of Macau, and thus, enable to leave its shores..."," said one expat in Macao.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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