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The Awesomely Insane Hotels of Macau

Completely exploring all of Macau's 5-star hotel casinos is an almost herculean (borderline insane) task. I consider myself lucky to have been able to appreciate two of them: City of Dreams and The Venetian.

City of Dreams

* Developers in Macau weren't kidding when they said they would outdo Las Vegas in terms of extravagance and craziness! This futuristic looking walkway is JUST the entrance of City of Dreams!


City of Dreams

* City of Dreams is a complex made up of three hotels: Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel, and the Grand Hyatt.

City of Dreams

* There is plenty to do here; may you be a gambler or a comic geek (like myself!).

City of Dreams

* Am not sure if this is the Dragon Ball dragon.. but I like it!

City of Dreams

* Check out the scale of this place! If you're into interactive technological exhibits and branded luxury shopping, COD is the place for you!

City of Dreams

* There is something very Blade Runner-ish with Macau's skyline. All they need now are flying cars!

City of Dreams

* Similar to Las Vegas, suspicious ads litter the streets of Macau...

The Venetian

* And across COD, is the opulent Venetian Hotel.

The Venetian

* Modeled after its sister-hotel, with the same name in Las Vegas, The Venetian is the largest casino in the world!

The Venetian

* And a straight up replica of Venice, Italy.

The Venetian

* Having visited the actual Venice a few months before this trip, experiencing this clone was a very surreal experience indeed.

The Venetian

* Compare this with the actual Venice! 

The Venetian

* Yeah.. they spared no expense here!

The Venetian

* Hotel construction in Macau continues to this day; however, the city is facing an unsure future as visits from mainland China (its biggest customers) have been declining for the past 3 years.

The Venetian

* So for now, let's continue to enjoy and appreciate these grandiose temples to gambling!

The Venetian

The Venetian

The Venetian

* One could easily lose hours shopping, exploring, and people watching.

The Venetian

* Those into mid-luxury and retail shopping will LOVE the offerings of the Venetian!

The Venetian

* Won't someone help that poor silver polar bear?!

The Venetian

The Venetian

* Cheers to my first travel with the Domingo family since getting married!


Goodbye Macau

* To the future!

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