Thanks to Chris from Hong Kong, we have updated the Macau photos on our photo site. Those shots are located here:
Thanks again to Chris for these great shots.
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Are the Macau photo's posted by Chris recent?
When were these taken?
Chris, thanks for the recent, December photos. It was helpful in visualizing the main peninsula, Cotai, Fisherman's Wharf and the older parts of the city. Also, you gave us a good education recently on concessions and subconcessions; much appreciated.
The photo of Wynn and MGM gave me a better idea of their proximity to each other. Wynn Macau looks magnificent. Some of the photos showed a haze in the air. Is it just high humidity in Macau, or is there much air pollution? The temperatures appear pleasant year round ranging from the 60's to high 80's F.
LVS' plans for Hengqin are impressive:
"The Hengqin Island resort development, located in the Guangdong Province city of Zhuhai, will occupy more than 1,300 acres of land (5.2 square kilometers) and be located less than one mile away from Las Vegas Sands' Venetian Macao Hotel Resort Casino currently being built on the master-planned Cotai Strip in Macao."
Thanks again for the information.
I believe the photos are fairly recent.
The photos were taken on Saturday December 10.
Detroit - in response to your question - there is often a bit of pollution in the air around southern China (from all the factories and coal-fired power stations throughout Guangdong province) but on Saturday it was just cloud and mist. Macau (and HK for that matter) are generally warm all year round but can get down to high 40s on some occasions during late December / January.
As I mentioned to Hunter, the only thing I find disappointing about Wynn Macau is the fact that it is going to be the scaled-down poor cousin of Wynn LV with no (or few) new design features, none of the fantastic outdoor areas (and golf course), fewer restaurants etc. Am hoping that Wynn comes up with a completely new design for Cotai (and not just a replica of encore).
Next trip to Macau likely to be just after the new year, by which time Fisherman's Wharf should have opened.
I didn't want to be the first blast Wynn Macau, but Chris' statement is exactly what I was thinking. It looks like it is being built in a decrepitated version Downtown Vegas, Atlantic City and Shreveport, LA, all rolled into one.
While Wynn Macao will not have all the amenities of Wynn LV. Who cares? The place is going to make a ton of money anyways, why spend all the extra money to build the "sucker". Build a nice enough place, treat the premium players well, and sure enough you have a winner - without stretching your financing to the edge. Once you make a billion in cash flow, build your next hotel.
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