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TRAVEL GUIDE & ADVICEBus to Malaysia
Buses / coaches into Malaysia (KL / Malacca) run from Brunei, Indonesian Borneo, Singapore and Thailand. Please see the relevant c... moreMalaysia overview
A former British colony, Malaysia, as the rising star of South-East Asia, neighbored with Thailand in the west, Singapore in the S... moreTaiwan Climate
Located in the subtropical climate zone, Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. The weather is fluctuated during spring... moreTaiwan Overview
Ilha Formosa – Beautiful Island. This is what a group of Portuguese sailors uttered upon seeing T... more
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TRAVELER HOTEL REVIEWSNamsan Park [1 Reviews]
Location was good; just about 10 min walk to the Subway. And about 10 min walk to Namdaemum Market. A big contrast of at... moreSofitel Amsterdam [1 Reviews]
The beds at The Grand are actually like sleeping on cloud. Incredible sleeping on this lovely feather bed with a feather... moreNordic Sea [1 Reviews]
The location is great: near the train station (but quiet!) and very close to the city center. I booked a single room wit... moreQuality Airport Gardermoe [2 Reviews]
The hotel is built in the Nordic style with wood. Bathroom was a bit small, but ok for one night. Breakfast was great an... more
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City of Dreams is a property along the Cotai Strip in the Cotai reclamation area in Macau built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, formerly known as Melco PBL Entertainment. City of Dreams is Melco's second mega-sized property in Macau. It is located directly opposite The Venetian Macao, the first property in Cotai, opened by Las Vegas Sands Corp.
City of Dreams, widely known as COD or COD Macau in the industry, is in the style of a podium, with four towers: namely the Hard rock Hotel, Crown Towers, the Grand Hyatt Macau, and a 47-storey luxury apartment block. Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams will offer 420 000 sq ft of gaming space that boasts 550 gaming tables and 1500 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars one of the largest in the city. The mega property also includes 175 000 sq ft of high-end retail space (The Boulevard) spread across two levels.
Also two theaters will open attract patrons, the first one "The Bubble" will show a HD media projection presentation entitled "Dragons Treasure". The Dragone Theater will open in mid of 2009.
Part of the theming in the casino calls for extraordinary installations to enhance the ambience of the location. One such installation is called the Vquarium. This large rear projection panel projects video of marine life ¡V including mermaids ¡V for visitors to admire as they walk through a central area of the casino complex. This panel measures nearly 61 feet wide (18.5m) and 22 feet tall (6.6m). It was constructed in the United States by Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. in several pieces for ease of transportation and for on-site installation. Tipping the scales at 11 tons (10,000 kg), visitors are sure to catch a glimpse of underwater life as they stroll through the resort and casino complex.
Behind each panel sits a rear projector that displays high definition, crystal-clear images on the acrylic. Water cascades down the face of the acrylic to enhance the ¡§ocean¡¨ that is projected on the panel. The projection panels debuted with the opening of the complex on June 1, 2009 with the help of a larger-than-life mermaid that swims on-screen and into the distance at the end of the short show. The mermaid show was conceived and executed by Falcon's Treehouse, LLC.
A second installation designed to enhance the environment features a large water sphere. Working together with sister company Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. to manufacture the sphere, International Concept Management, Inc. managed the design, supervised the manufacture, designed the pump and filtration systems, and directed the installation of the sphere and components. The finished sphere measures eight feet in diameter (2.5m). A hole in the top of the sphere allows water to be pumped through the inside of the sphere and bubble out the top before gently cascading evenly down the sides of the globe into the catch pool below.
Multi-colored fiber optic lights mounted underneath the sphere provide a continually changing effect, not only for the sphere but for the surrounding retail environment, as well.
ICM ensured the sphere was designed to allow for ease of maintenance for the client. In doing this, the hole at the top of the sphere is large enough that, when drained, allows a maintenance technician to be lowered into the sphere to clean the inside in order to maintain the crystal clear visibility of the acrylic.
The first phase COD Macau opened on 1 June 2009, while Hyatt will open in August 2009, and the Apartments likely to open in 2010.