Macau

Macau is 1 of the two special administrative regions of China. (Hong Kong is the other.) It lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong-Kong which is to the east, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south.
The territory's economy is heavily dependent on GAMBLING and TOURISM. Yes, you read it right. Often compared to be Asia's Las Vegas.

It's a shame I only spent a day visiting Macau. Lotsa things to do & so many places to be visited. I promise myself to come back. Sooooooon!
Waited for the right moment to capture this scene. Got few shots. Have you seen my Macau teaser shot? That was during the fountain show. Memorable moment of Macau.
Fell in love with Wynn Hotel. Their Dragon and Lucky Tree shows are among the best and high end shows I've ever seen. No surprised, Chinese are the best in terms of visual effects and demonstrations. Eg. Olympics!
Obviously, I am Aries! 1st zodiac sign, babe!

Notice the earth structure at the right bottom image. During the Tree show, this opens and brings out the Lucky Tree.
This is how giant tree looks like. As it's risen from the deep. With a huge hole and voila! Rise the Wishing Tree! The light and visual effects are damn amazing! I can't believe how intellectual they were able to position (take note, both the dragon & tree are kept in a massive hole)
I wish the wish you wish!
The rise of the fortune tree. Got a wish?! Throw a penny and believe your wish comes true! [Guess my wish?! :D]
Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge -- known as the Macau-Taipa Bridge; is a dual-lane two-way bridge connecting Macau Peninsula near Casino Lisboa and the island of Taipa at the northern slope of Taipa Pequena (Small Taipa Hill). It is the first bridge in Macau, to connect the peninsula and Taipa. It is locally known as "The Old Bridge".
Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre is a tower located in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, now a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The tower measures 338 m (1,109 ft) in height from ground level to the highest point. An observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theatres, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities. The tower was created by the architecture firm of Craig Craig Moller.

I wanted to take a day shot of this tower. But mid day it was hazy. The weather in Macau was freezing cold; so I promised myself to capture a silhouette shot for a change. Something to note when weather is not cooperative.
The Venetian Macao is a hotel and casino resort in Macau owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. The Venetian is a 40-story, $2.4 billion anchor for the 7 hotels on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The 10,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2) Venetian Macao is modelled on its sister casino resort – The Venetian in Las Vegas – and is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia, The sixth-largest building in the world by area and the largest casino in the world.
The Venetian Macao is a hotel and casino resort in Macau owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. The Venetian is a 40-story, $2.4 billion anchor for the 7 hotels on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The 10,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2) Venetian Macao is modelled on its sister casino resort – The Venetian in Las Vegas – and is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia, The sixth-largest building in the world by area and the largest casino in the world. It is also home to the second largest Venice in the world, the first being the city of Venice, Italy and the third being The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Venetian also boasts the largest number of Filipino gondoleers in the world.
The main hotel tower was finished in July 2007 and the resort officially opened on 28 August 2007.[4] The resort has 3000 suites, 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of convention space, 1,600,000 sq ft (150,000 m2) of retail, 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2) of casino space – with 3400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and a 15,000 seat CotaiArena for entertainment and sports events.
 
Paused for few minutes to listen at the carols. Christmas in Macau will never be the same again.
The interior and facade of Galaxy Hotel.
My brunch for the day. Enough carbs to fill up my whole day trip.
The exterior of Galaxy hotel. This hotel just recently opened. Massive casinos inside.
Ni Hao Ma! #Jam-packed!
The Ruins of St. Paul's refers to the ruins of a 16th century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul's College and the Cathedral of St. Paul also known as "Mater Dei", a 17th century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.
Behind the façade are remains of the original pillars and a shrine.

Today, the ruins are one of Macau's most famous landmarks. In 2005, they were officially enlisted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau.
Built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuits, the cathedral was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia at the time, and the royalty of Europe vied with each other to bestow upon the cathedral the best gifts. With the decline in importance of Macau, which was overtaken as the main port for the Pearl River Delta by Hong Kong, the cathedral's fortunes similarly ebbed, and it was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. The Fortaleza do Monte overlooks the ruin. #Wikipedia
The ones who took care of me whilst I was in Macau for a day. Thanks Ate Esther et al.
As tourism and gambling have been the primary drivers of Macau's economy, I am pleased by its luxurious and beautiful hotel's architecture. Made me think, how much more in Las Vegas? I'm not a gambler. But Mahjong is in the blood.
Yep! these are real gold bars embedded on the floor... part of Hotel's interior design. Epic, eh?!


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