We were at The Venetian Casino & Resort, Macau last weekend for a very short stay. The place is surreal. It is a city by itself and we never even step outside of its compound. It has three main portions, the hotel, the casino and the shopping mall. It was opened three years ago in a big fanfare. The business has not been too good recently. Officially, the casinos blame on the global economic down turn. The real reason is that Chinese goverment although still allows group visits from China to Macau, it stops individual Chinese visiting Macau, due to too much gambling and money laundering.
Chinese is famous for addiction to gambling, it is said that it is in our gene. Maybe that is why in the grand casino hall, hardly anyone is on the slot machine. The gamblers, mostly Chinese all sit around the tables for card, dice and roulette. The slot machines are just too small and not exciting enough!!??
The other part is the shopping mall. It is built aroung a Venetian canal. All the luxury brands are represented.
The ambiance is fanastic, the temperature is always perfect, the sky is always blue and there is only daytime 24 hours. We did neither gambling nor shopping. However, we did watch the Cirque du Soleil, ZAIA, which was very good, the third we have seen.
I hope behind the mask of reality, the casino is as innocent and as pretty as this young girl.
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