Thursday, February 12, 2009
Macau is also, and perhaps most widely known as, a place for gambling. (It is also a free port, a tax haven and an off-shore financial center.) From 1962-2002 gambling was operated by Stanley Ho under a government-issued monopoly license. Stanley Ho sounds like he is the Chinese version of Steve Wynn. He is the the man behind the Casino Lisboa - I added pics of both the old and new casinos, they are right next to each other. There were some amazing Chinese art pieces in the lobby of the Lisboa, but besides that it was a monstrosity. Every surface was a multi-colored disco ball.
Once the monopoly was over the American casinos wasted no time coming, as you can see from my pics. Since I'm not a fan of gambling I spent my time in the Venetian sitting at a bar and eating gelato.