13.05.2011 - 16.05.2011 28 °C
Stayed at the Lisboa (the oldest hotel in Macau) for 3 days, got upgraded to a room with a view of the harbour as it was my 30th and the staff at reception sent up a free chocolate mousse cake - it was delicious. Hotel was great - very opulent inside, jade carvings and mosaic tiles everywhere and the shower/spa bath/sauna in our room had so many functions it was operated by a small computer. The hotel was huge and everytime I entered it, I seemed to get lost and couldn't find the lift up to my room. To the east there were also around 20 prostitutes, but they were very well dressed and didn't seem to bother westerners. They just walked backwards and forwards inside the hotel and every once and a while a businessman would pick one up and take them upstairs. Had there not been so many of them and had I not been forewarned I would have thought there were just a lot of women in short dresses getting ready for a night out - they were nothing like the street walkers of Australia.
For my birthday went to a show called house of dancing water - by far the most amazing show I've ever seen (the trailer is on u tube). Then dined at the Wynn's restaurant where we had an 8 course degustaton matched with wines - service and food was amazing. The Wynn also has 'dancing fountains' that run every 15 minutes which was great to watch over dinner.
Macau is made up of 3 islands that are all joined by huge bridges that run across the ocean. Taipa also has a lot of the casinos from America and new ones are being built all the time. We also had a guide take us round for a history tour and he basically told us the whole place is run by the mafia and the money is mostly from money laundering and prostitution which hard to believe when you see the sheer volume of gamblers in each casino.
Crazy place - great for a holiday, wouldn't want to live there.
Interesting side note - there is a huge Portuguese influence in Macau as the Island was only recently returned to China after being governed by the Portuguese, so there is a lot of Portuguese food floating about.