Macau / No, actually, the fake Venice of Asia!
24/09/2010 7 Comments
I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. This is the Venetian Casino (owned and operated by the Las Vegas casino of the same name). It is by far the largest casino in the world and Macau’s main gambling attraction. Its floor area is a million square metres, making it the world’s fourth largest building (behind the airports of Beijing and Dubai, and a flower market in the Netherlands).
Outside, it is styled around all of Venice’s famous places – Piazza San Marco, St Mark’s Campanile, Ponte Vecchio and the Bridge of Sighs (or maybe that was just me, muttering about the stupidity of it all).
This is a fake version of a trompe-loeil, so might qualify as a fake-within-a-fake or a double-fake.
And here is the inside. The gambling area (no photos allowed) is also the largest (of course) in the world.
The casino is attached to (among other things) a shopping mall, where presumedly mum can shop for expensive handbags while dad hopes to make enough money for said handbags. It is a wonderland of Venetian shopfronts, canals and gondolas, with a sky so fake, it almost looks real. As Mama Bullshit has been known to say, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.