popular buys are jewellery, predominantly gold
and jade, electronic gadgetry, Chinese antiques, pottery,
porcelain, cameras, watches and beading work.
All are available at duty free prices as Macau
is a free port and no sales tax is charged. Bargaining
is expected on several items although most shops will have the
same minimum price. Other popular buys are Chinese herbs
and medicines, Chinese and Macau pastries, dried
seafood (such as sharks’ fins), abalone, and locally made
knitwear sold at stalls.
When purchasing gold, jewellery
and antiques, it is recommended to patronise
shops recommended by the Goldsmiths’ and Jewellers’
Association and the Macau Government Tourist
Office. A warranty and a receipt should be requested
when buying jewellery, watches, gold, cameras and electrical goods.
The primary shopping area is situated along the Avenida
do Infante D Henrique and Avenida Almeida Ribeiro,
São Domingos Market, Rua de Palha, Rua do Campo
and Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva.
Antiques and unique gifts may be found in Macau’s flea market
in the lanes around Rua das Estalagens located
near St Paul’s Ruins. There is an Artisan’s
Fair each Saturday evening in Santo Agostinho Square.
Excursions can be made across the Chinese border to Zhuhai,
where the 1st floor of the Gongbei market is well known for ceramics,
antiques, software and fabrics.
Generally Monday to Sunday 1000-2000 hrs. Some
shops may close on the 1st day of every month.
The following goods may be imported into Macau
without incurring customs duty:
cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco products
litre of wine and 1 litre of spirits
goods up to a value of MOP10,000
camera and 5 rolls of film and 1 film camera and 2 reels of film
articles, jewellery and sports articles
video cassette recorder
portable musical instrument
portable record player and 10 records
one portable radio
shellfish, meat and all plants require an import permit.
ammunition, gunpowder and explosives, narcotics, drugs, chemicals
and pharmaceutical products, dangerous goods, radioactive substances
and irradiating apparatus, endangered species of animals and plants
There is a 5% duty on the import of electrical appliances and
equipment. There are no export duties, but as travel is almost
invariably via Hong Kong, the relevant Hong Kong
import/export regulations must be observed (see Hong
Kong within the China (PR) section).