Working in the travel industry, I have an opportunity and obligation to see the world. Though most of my travels last only a day or two at a time, I manage to swig an espresso (or three) and get on with the party. Follow me as I shamelessly devour the foods of the land, (over)indulge in the local beer and wine, and discover new cities with old friends.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Macau, "Chinese Vegas" as I call it...
a growing casino hub, is only an hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. It’s a former
Portuguese colony, and the ruins of St. Paul’s are worth visiting. I, however,
took the casino route. Reminiscent to Las Vegas, there are multiple
resorts and casinos in the area such as the Venetian, Wynn, and MGM.
Ruins of St. Paul's
Venetian casino floor
We took a
bus from the ferry port to the Venetian and walked around. The hotel had a lot
of open unused space, and it was quite different from Las Vegas. Still, the
casino has the usual slot machines and table games. I tried the Michael Jackson
slot machine and lost HKD300. Luckily, that’s close to USD30 so it wasn’t a big
loss. I followed up my gambling with a beer at the Irish pub just off the
Michael Jackson slot machines!
Irish pub in the Venetian
I’ll have to go back to Macau in some other life. It wasn’t all I
had hoped for but then again, I didn’t put in the effort to search the city for
whatever it was I was looking for. In my dreams, it’s a place of extravagant
gaming, drinking, and dining. And that very well could be the case, but the
Venetian just wasn’t where it was at! I do encourage you to experience Macau if
you find yourself in Hong Kong for an extended period of time. Report back to
me with your experience and recommendations. Happy gambling and good luck!