Here's a cool video that outlines some of the gambling operations in Macau.
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A little cheesy, but good stuff. The city seems much more vibrant than I thought.
Serious question: does the sun ever shine in Macau? From the pictures and video I've seen, it seems very rare.
I was disappointed not to see Wynn Macau in the video.
I have the same question about the weather. It seems to be billed as a resort type location but it always looks overcast.
May to September is the wet season - just as it is in more traditional beach / resort places like the Philippines and Thailand. That's not to say it is always raining and the sun doesn't come out on a regular basis during this period, but in general it is humid and overcast. If you look at some of the pictures I sent earlier in the year you will see a bit more sunshine.
I also wondered about the weather and have been tracking it on the following website. Macau is somewhat similar to South Florida, but Macau is more humid and has less sunshine. The current near term forecast is for temps between a low of 75 and highs in the upper 80's F with humidity.
What the hell is that volcano thing they are showing? What resort has that?
You mean you haven't heard about The Mirage Macau? :-) Just kidding.
I believe that is the Fisherman's Wharf, a shopping/dining type area. They might have some gaming (Chris?) but I believe primarily non-gaming.
I clicked on one of the ads appearing here on the blog. It's for Macau real estate. China, including Macau, is booming, sort of like the U.S. did post-WWII.
Some expensive high rise condos, just like Vegas:
Fisherman's wharf doesn't have gaming yet. They've just got a bunch of restaurants, some retail stores, a few rides for the kids, the cheesy volcano and a couple of bars that have some excellent introductory offers for those that are after a stiff drink (eg, Al's Diner, which is offering a full jug of your favourite cocktail for roughly US$20). They are putting up a couple of hotels at the far end but they are still a few months away at least - eventually some tables / slots will be included.
As for Detroit's comment about Macau real estate - its very hit-and-miss but certainly some good value around if you look hard enough. Macau high-end property values are still only around HK$1600-HK$2500 per square foot, which compares to roughly HK$5000-8000 for similar stuff in HK. There are a lot of people trying to sell crap to foreigners at the moment though.
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