My 5: The Grand Lisboa, Macau.

The Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino from Guia Hill Macau

1. February 2018. If there’s a definitive symbol of Macau its’ got to be the ubiquitous form of The Grand Lisboa, the golden lotus-shaped tower sprouting dramatically from a fat geodesic dome. Wherever you go in Macau chances are this iconic building is just a glance away. This shot was taken from the winding garden paths of Monte Fort.

The Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino Macau

2. February 2018. Wonderboy and I had to pass The Grand Lisboa every day as we ran around the city on our explorations. Opened in 2008, it stands as Macau’s tallest building at 261 meters.  

Golden dragon boat The Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino Macau

3. February 2018. As with all of Macau’s monster hotels, the main lobby seems to be little more than an exercise in how much ridiculously lavish crap can we show off? If this can be considered some kind of competition, The Grand Lisboa really holds its own. There are a variety of wondersome jade sculptures, a giant pond with floating, flower-stuffed fishbowls, sprawling landscape paintings by renowned Chinese artists and this mental golden dragon boat.

Interior The Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino Macau

4. February 2018. Our one casino night came at The Grand Lisboa and, even though I’m not into gambling, it was admittedly good fun. Sitting at the bar drinking beer and eating sandwiches, we enjoyed a few brilliant hours of people watching before taking the plunge at a blackjack table. Wonderboy got a sixteen, the dealer had a 5. “Stick!” said Wonderboy, but apparently his hand gesture wasn’t clear enough and the non-English speaking dealer took this as request to twist. Poor old Wonderboy was then hit with a seven and we were bust. Comical.

The Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino Macau by night

5. February 2018. In addition to the standard range of fancy restaurants, bars and cafes, one unique feature of The Grand Lisboa is its twenty seven year old Crazy Paris Show. Known for its unapologetic sexiness, the cabaret style performance features French Can Can, traditional Indian dance and a variety of pole dancing segments.

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

I’ve been living, working and traveling all over the world since 2001, so why not check out my huge library of My 5s from over 30 countries.

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