Macau - WOW - Whoda Thunk It?!?

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    Originally Posted By Bob Paris 1

    Didn't know where else to post this but I was watching The Amazing Race Australia last night and one of their destination was "The Venetian" in Macau. At first I thought I had heard it wrong because I know The Venetian to be in Las Vegas. Anyway, they go to Macau and it's like Vegas Pt 2!!! The place just looked AMAZING! The casino was HUGE and the actual buildings were lit up like Christmas trees! My partner always says that Asians LOVE their lights(as was evident in the HK portion of the show last night), but I guess *I* do too!

    Who would have thought there would be a mini-Vegas in China?!?
     
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    Originally Posted By FerretAfros

    I was in Macau last summer and never made it over to the Venetian, but I knew it was there. The area where we were was a lot like a mini-Vegas, complete with a Wynn tower that's about 1/4 the size of the original with a small lake with a fountian show in the front. It certainly did look like people there liked the lights, since they were everywhere. It was a strange combination of the new names and styles of the casinos in Vegas, and the lighting and interior decorations of the casinos from the 70's. Just a strange place all around.

    But I did manage to get a passport stamp on July 4 out of the trip (since we returned in the wee hours of the morning on the 4th).
     
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    Originally Posted By SuperDry

    <<< Who would have thought there would be a mini-Vegas in China?!? >>>

    Actually, gaming revenue from Macau now surpasses that of the Las Vegas strip. It's huge. There's the Venetian, MGM Grand, Sands, and Wynn, all run in partnership with their Las Vegas counterparts, plus several local operators.
     
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    Originally Posted By SuperDry

    And, although the Wynn tower may me smaller than the original, the Venetian is something like twice as large. In a way, it's sometimes difficult to tell that you're not actually in Las Vegas. In addition to a different mix of games (more emphasis on table games), there are subtle design differences even in the Vegas-associated casinos. For example, the interior design features a lot more gold and gaudy colors than is currently in fashion - it's as if they hired Donald Trump to be the interior decorator.
     
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    Originally Posted By Spirit of 74

    Can't believe you didn't know about the Cotai Strip and the new Vegas springing up in Macau ... shame, shame ;-)

    I visited in 2008 for the opening of the Four Seasons and was amazed at how much The Venetian made me feel like I was in Vegas. The biggest changes were more subtle things ... like the dragon motifs in the carpeting and light sconces and Asian influences in some of the casino look. Beyond that, and the large majority of Chinese places to eat at the food court, the Grand Canal Shops also felt like LAs Vegas Blvd was right outside.

    Went back in December and stayed at the Wynn, which I actually liked a lot. Spent time at the Venetian, but majority was at the new City of Dreams complex (has a Grand Hyatt and Hard Rock Hotel as part of the casino complex). And a Franco Dragone-produced show (House of Falling Water, I think ... wanted to see it, but didn't). They even have a free show that with dragons (and very little English) that is incredibly cool ... it's basically a Circlevision/dome type theater with all sorts of effects around you ... I have no idea what the point was, just that it involved dragons, but it would be an E-Ticket at many theme parks.

    Macau is a HUGE casino market now. But a lot of projects were delayed by the economic collapse ... and I still wonder if they don't have too much floor space in some of the casinos ... some areas at many, including Venetian had been removed and were empty.
     

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