HONG KONG (Reuters) – Gleaming skyscrapers, Michelin-starred noodle stalls, secluded beaches and a buzzing party scene all make Hong Kong the perfect place to experience the best of East meets West.
Here are tips about getting the most out of a trip to Hong Kong from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.
HONG KONG, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Gleaming skyscrapers,
Michelin-starred noodle stalls, secluded beaches and a buzzing
party scene all make Hong Kong the perfect place to experience
the best of East meets West.
Here are tips about getting the most out of a trip to Hong
Kong from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the
world offer visitors the best local insights.
MACAU, Nov 27 (Reuters) – On the second floor of Solaire’s
plush ocean-front casino in Manila, the dealers speak Mandarin,
the players are Chinese and revenue from high-roller gamblers is
“It’s almost not in the Philippines. It’s more like you’re
in Macau,” says Francis Hernando, the Philippine gaming body’s
vice president for licensed casino development.
MACAU (Reuters) – The media scrum surrounding the politically connected chairman of a Chinese financial services company was interested in one particular unpaid loan.
The amount – $1.3 million – was nothing extraordinary. But the story behind it was. Xie Xiaoqing, chairman of Rongzhong Group, was sued in January for failing to repay the money to Sands China Ltd, U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Macau gambling unit.
HONG KONG, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Chinese conglomerate Fosun
International Ltd and South Africa’s Sun City casino
king plan to build a $1.6 billion resort on China’s Hainan
holiday island, joining a pack of players betting on a surge in
upscale tourism in the country.
Long touted as a place where China could liberalise casino
gambling, the balmy island off the country’s southern coast has
attracted scores of international developers in the past two
years, including InterContinental, Starwood, and
casino operators MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment
HENGQIN ISLAND, China, Oct 6 (Reuters) – It’s being touted
as China’s answer to Orlando, a $5 billion resort and theme park
complete with a mega rollercoaster and a whale shark tank
situated on a sleepy southern island next to the world’s biggest
gambling hub Macau.
Chimelong, which is set to partially open next month, is the
linchpin of China’s ambitious plans to expand Hengqin into a
leisure hub similar to the coastal U.S. city globally renowned
for its natural attactions and theme-park resorts by Walt Disney
Co and Universal Studios.
SYDNEY/HONG KONG, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Asia’s new
mega-casinos are driving sales and innovation in advanced
surveillance technology, from chips with built-in radio
transmitters to high-definition, multi-lens, digital cameras
that can scan huge gaming floors and catch the deftest sleight
Security solution providers such as German-Australian joint
venture Dallmeier International, California-based Pelco, a unit
of Schneider Electric PA, and Samsung Techwin Co Ltd
, about 25 percent-owned by Samsung Electronics Co
Ltd, are among those reaping the benefits of Asia’s
casino building boom.
HONG KONG, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Hustler, cheater, robber,
Gamblers who skip out on casino debts in Macau risk being
branded with these monikers and having personal details made
public by a website that says it has helped to recover 50
million yuan ($8 million) so far.
But the novel strategy to combat bad debts in the world’s
largest gambling destination is under scrutiny from the police
for possibly breaking the law and from the Chinese territory’s
gaming authority over privacy concerns.
HONG KONG, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Pansy Ho, Hong Kong’s richest
woman and the daughter of Macau gambling godfather Stanley Ho,
is lining up her chips for a new era in the world’s casino
capital that promises much more than gambling.
Born into a family that developed a flourishing gambling
culture in the southern Chinese territory more than 50 years
ago, Ho is now a key player spearheading a move to diversify
Macau into an arts, culture and entertainment hub, and away from
the gaudy casino halls which raked in $38 billion last year.
HONG KONG, Aug 8 (Reuters) – The game is changing for
casinos in Macau, the world’s gambling capital, as fun-seeking
middle-class Chinese visitors follow high-roller VIP gamblers in
ever greater numbers to try their luck in the only place in
China where casinos are legal.
The growth of the so-called premium mass segment is setting
the stage for what executives hope will be a second boom in the
former Portuguese colony, where a reclaimed swamp-turned casino
playground known as the Cotai Strip has already been paved with
gold by big-spending VIP gamblers from the mainland.