I traveled to Macau in mid December. I went around the World Heritage sites in Macau Peninsula in the first half and mega resorts in Cotai area in the latter half. In this article, I will write about the Venetian Macao as part of Day 3.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Go to Macau via Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
* Day 1: Around Lisboa (Light-up)
* Day 2: Penha Church etc.
* Day 2: Senado Square etc.
* Day 2: Ruins of St. Paul’s, Mount Fortress, St. Lazarus District etc.
* Day 2: Ruins of St. Paul’s, Senado Square etc. (Light-up)
* Day 3: Sands Cotai Central
* Day 3: The Venetian Macao [This article]
* Day 3: The Parisian Macao (Light-up)
* Day 3: Studio City Macau (Light-up)
* Day 4: City of Dreams
* Day 4: MGM Cotai, Wynn Palace
* Day 4: Galaxy Macau
* Day 4: The Venetian Macao etc. (Light-up)
* Day 5: Macau Tower
* Day 5: Return Home
Following the previous post, I moved from Sands Cotai Central to the Venetian Macao. The Venetian Macao is located as follows.
“The Venetian Macao (澳門威尼斯人)” is a casino resort opened in 2007 and operated by Las Vegas Sands. It has 3,000 rooms (- all rooms are suites), 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables, so it is one of the largest casino resorts in Cotai area.
Walking Around the Venetian Macao
Venetian has a shopping mall called “Shoppes at Venetian” and I will walk around it.
The moment I entered “Shoppes at Venetian”, I felt as if I were in another world.
In the mall, a canal flowed and there were gondolas.
A gondola with passengers passed.
From a bridge.
I saw off the gondola.
I strolled around the shopping mall.
The mall reproduced the town of Venice in harmony with buildings, skies and canals.
Gondolas looked more attractive against the surrounding buildings.
“Shoppes at Venetian” was divided into three areas and each area had a canal respectively.
Some of the gondola drivers played instruments such as accordion.
I forgot that I was in Macau and felt as if I were in Europe.
“Gondola Ride” was placed at each area and gondolas ran frequently, so it seemed visitors could ride it without waiting time so much.
At the central area, there were also lots of shops.
For example, “Uniqlo”.
I will walk around canals again.
This man sang “O sole mio”.
That man sang “Santa Lucia”.
They saluted each other when they passed.
I heard the total construction cost was about 2 billion US dollars.
I found many of the gondola drivers seemed to come from Europe, perhaps Italy.
There was a food court (“Festivita Food Court”) in the mall.
Although it was early for dinner, I will have a meal here.
I chose “Hei Kei Wanton Noodles (喜記雲吞面)”.
I had a wanton noodle.
Lastly, I will go around the casino area.
These pictures were gorgeous, weren’t they?
As taking photos was not allowed in the casino, I took photos over an escalator.
By the way, I didn’t play games at all 🙂
Then, I will move to the next destination, the Parisian Macao.
That’s it for the article about the Venetian Macao as part of Day 3.
The Venetian Macao is the first casino resort that was developed in Cotai area, which led to subsequent rush of casino resort developments. Even now, the Venetian Macao remains as one of the representative casino resorts in this area. Cotai area is a reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane islands, and when Las Vegas Sands started to develop the Venetian Macao, there were nothing around this area. So, I think Las Vegas Sands is literally a gambler 🙂
In the next article, I will write about the Parisian Macao as part of Day 5.
1 Sands Cotai Central
2 The Venetian Macao
Macao Government Tourism Office
The Venetian Macao
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