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  • The San Luca canal inside Macau’s enormous Venetian hotel and resort is as impressive as it is cheesy. Lined by shops and under a painted blue sky, the canal shares many similarities to the canal at the Venetian hotel and resort in Las Vegas, even if it doesn’t share that many similarities to the Canals of Venice that inspired its creation. Visitors, guests and weary gamblers can even take expensive gondola rides accompanied by a singing gondolier.

    It is undeniably cheesy, but in this, the sixth largest building on the planet, cheesy seems to be right at home as much of the hotel is impressively styled upon the extraordinarily beautiful buildings of Venice in Italy.

    Of course, I’d rather spend time at the real Venice, but while some might find the fakery here rather shallow and soulless, I find it quite refreshing to see a building that isn’t simply another modern faceless glass tower that stands indistinguishable among its neighbors.

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  • 9 comments on “Big cheese

    1. You have obviously not been to Venice Italy, it is an abandoned decaying Disneyland going nowhere fast. The indigenous population has mostly left the city, there is nobody there under the age of 60, half the buildings are empty caused by the ruling families artificially maintaining high prices of the homes and buildings. Consequently young people can not afford to buy and there’s no jobs for them anyway, except in the tourist industry.

      I recommend going for two days max. It’s a trap for American visitors and there’s nothing decent to eat. Every shop is a souvenir shop, the menu is the same at every restaurant, they only serve fish and chicken. You are better off at the Venetian hotel in Macau. On the other hand is always Venice Beach California, full of babes on skates (and me selling lasers).

      • In fact I have been to Venice, a couple of times actually. I enjoyed it, in the same way I enjoy a lot of old Italy. Yes its a bit falling down in places and its undeniably a complete tourist trap, but I’d rather be trapped there than Venice beach any day!

        If what you said about the families controlling the property prices is true then thats a shame. I’ve never heard that, but I’m not entirely surprised.

    2. It could be a fake Venice, but for most Asians who haven’t been to Europe it is a good way to get a little vibe/idea of the real place at least. Even though it is fake, I’d rather have this kind of environment than the ugly building site next door with the noise as well :)!

      If the real Venice isn’t that great, then why so many people go there?
      Especially people going for a romantic trip, honeymoon…why? :p

      • I agree Leia. I actually think it’s a shame that we don’t build like this often. Yes it’s fake, but it’s beautiful and interesting and if more of our cities were filled with buildings like this wouldn’t that just make us all feel a little better? In the end though, I imagine it comes down to money. After all, it’s much cheaper to build and maintain some big glass covered block I bet.

        As for the real Venice not being that great, I don’t agree with James on this. I think the real Venice is a beautiful place. Yes it’s full of tourist and shops selling the same crappy tourist trash, but you have to see past that and use some imagination. It’s also not as hard as you might think to escape all that, I know because I did.

      • Cam, do yourself a favor and go to the real one AND the fake one. You can go to the fake one either in Macau or Las Vegas USA. But whatever, despite what James says above, the real one is FAR better! 🙂

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