Seeking free entertainment in the glitz and glamor of Macao’s casinos

Except for the occasional nickel slot (the lowest you can play in Macao in Hong Kong money), Brandon and I don’t spent much time in casinos. The high end shops aren’t for us either. Luckily, just like Las Vegas, there is plenty to see in the hotels and casinos. If you find yourself in Macao, here are a few free entertainment options you don’t want to miss!

Tree of Prosperity:

Located in the rotunda of the Wynn Macao, the Tree of Prosperity is sure to dazzle the eyes. Every 30 minutes, on the hour, the show rotates with another show (see below). According to the Macao Government Tourism Office, the tree has more than 2,000 branches and 98,000 leaves composed of 24-karat gold leaf and brass leaf, which is a symbol of auspiciousness. The area where the tree rises and the chandelier drops shows Chinese and Western astrological symbols. When the show starts, the vibrant colors showcase the four seasons.

Dragon of Fortune:

Also in the same location as the Tree of Prosperity is the Dragon of Fortune. This is a much shorter show, but just as spectacular. The dragon, symbolizing good fortune and well-being, rises to 28 feet while visual effects of fire roar above. A beautiful Lotus Blossom opens up and fog machines create a mystical feeling.


To the south in Cotai at the Wynn Palace, more fun awaits in the skies. The skycab, an approximately 10 minute gondola ride around “Performance Lake,” stops at the bottom of Av. da Nave Desportiva and up at the top of the hotel so guests can go up or down. It provides great views of not only the Wynn Palace, but the other hotels.

When Brandon and I went there were no lines and we were able to stay on the gondola for the full ride. Although we didn’t go up during a performance on the lake, I’m sure that would be beautiful to watch from the gondolas!

Performance Lake:

As mentioned, just below the SkyCab is “Performance Lake” where every 30 minutes a combination of lights, dancing water, and music attracts the attention of passerby’s. From My Heart Will Go On to Con Te Partiro, there is sure to be a show for everyone’s liking.

Here is a view of those shows from up above at the hotel and down on the street:

Eiffel Tower and Light Show:

Just down the street at The Parisian Macao, you can’t miss the Eiffel Tower. It stands at just about half of the original in Paris. For a fee, guests can visit the 7th floor or go all the way up to the top on the 37th floor. On our way to Macao, as we loaded on the ferry, we received coupons to visit the 7th floor for free. I’m sure with a little bit of searching you can find these coupons as well. On the way in, I read being a guest at the hotel will get you in for free. This may have been a promotion at the time we visited. Please check with the hotel. Although not the most thrilling, the 7th floor provides views of the area and visitors can spend time taking photos near the “love lock bridge.”

At night the Tower puts on a sparkling light show every 15 minutes from 6:15 p.m. until midnight. It’s beautiful from up close and down the street. Once again, it was not crowded at all when Brandon and I visited during the day, but staff tells us it does get very busy at night during the night shows. 


Just walking through the hotels you will find spectacular art to view and musicians/entertainers to watch. Here are just a few we found.

Holiday Inn:

Floral art, fountain and statue in an area to the right of the check in desk:

Conrad Macao:

Sands Cotai Central:

Wynn Macao:

Floral art and other art:

According to the hotel, the Buccleuch Vases, are from 1750 and 1810. The Qing Dynasty vases belonged to the 3rd Duchess of Buccleuch, Elizabeth Montagu. It says the only similar quartet of vases is at the Buckingham Palace in London owned by Queen Elizabeth II:


The Parisian Macao:

A mine, an accordionist, a replica of the Vendôme Column in Paris, and other statues/fountains:

And as you walk around, be sure to examine the outside of the hotels as well. They can certainly be sights to behold as well!

Seeking free entertainment in the glitz and glamor of Macao’s casinos Seeking free entertainment in the glitz and glamor of Macao’s casinos Reviewed by Tara Grimes on December 09, 2018 Rating: 5

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