Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Macau- city of dreams

Hong Kong's sister colony on the Pearl River is about an hour’s drive in Ferry from HK. Macau, a famous destination with prosperity and peace, fashion and history, oriental and western cultures, deserves a visit and stay here really revitalizes the visitor.

What Macau is today would not have been the same without its God father Mr. Stanley Ho, the world’s 64th richest man, 89 year old today the only person in Macau allowed to have legally four wives, 19 children. There are total 33 casinos in Macau and he owns 22 of them. Macau Tower also belongs to him.

The Macau Tower, also called the Macau Sky Tower, is a tower on the southern part of the Macau peninsula. Macau Taower is 338 metres (1,109 feet) tall. There is an observation deck at the top where visitors can enjoy panoramic views. Besides for observation and entertainment, the Macau Tower is also used for telecommunications and broadcasting.

The Macau Tower the brainchild of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho, who was so impressed with the Sky Tower in Auckland, that he was determined to have a similar tower in Macau. The tower was designed by Beca Group, a New Zealand engineering firm, working in corporation with Gordon Moller of Craig Craig Moller architects. Construction began in 1998 and the tower was officially open on 19 December, 2001.

On 17 December, 2006, the world renowned bungee jumper AJ Hackett leaped from the tower's outer rim. At 233 metres, it was the world's highest bungee jump.

Another Landmark, the large sculpture of "Lotus Flower In Full Bloom", Standing in Lotus Square next to the Forum, presented by the State Council of China in 1999, marks the return of sovereignty of Macau.

The sculpture, made of gilded bronze and weights 6.5 tons, is 6 meters high and the diameter of the flower is 3.6 meters at maximum. The major part is composed of a stem, petals and pistil, with a total of 16 components. The base of the flower consists of 23 pieces of red granite. The lotus flower, which is in full bloom, symbolizes the everlasting prosperity of Macau. There are three layers of red granite at the base, which are in the shape of lotus leaves, signifying the Macau Peninsula, Taipa Island and Coloane Island.

Kun Iam Statue
Located on the Outer Harbour, this statue, dedicated to Goddess of Kun Iam (Goddess of Mercy) is 20 meters tall and made of special bronze. The dome shape base like a lotus flower, is an ecumenical centre where information is available on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

The post on Macau is incomplete unless a mention about Venetian. It plays a crucial role in making Macao one of Asia's most exciting entertainment destinations. The Venetian Macao is a hotel and casino resort in Macau. It is a 40-story, $2.4 billion anchor for the 7 hotels on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The 10,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2) is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and the fifth-largest building in the world by area. Large enough to hold ninety Boeing 747 jumbo jets, nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities than at this 3,000 suite flagship property.

The Grand Canal Shoppes - Asia's Most Unique and Opulent Shopping Experience. Surrounded by the world's finest brands, stroll along winding cobblestone walkways, or relax with an authentic gondola ride. Indulge in over 330 stores, offering the best in fashion, Jewellery, accessories, gifts, services and sporting goods. Then delight in one of many world class restaurants, bars and cafés.

Be enthralled by the serenading sounds of the performers and singing gondoliers who transform The Grand Canal Shoppes into the romantic sounds of old world Venice.

Not to miss is Zaia, a show by Cirque du Soleil, opened on 27 July 2008 at the dedicated Cirque du Soleil arena. The 90-minute production of 75 circus artists is directed by Neilson Vignola and Gilles Maheu. The theme is a young girl's perception of the stars and planets, space and infinity, populated by otherworldly creatures. The title, Zaia, comes from a Greek word meaning "life",

 Plan a trip to Macau and Enjoy!!!!

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