Dream of Paris at the Parisian Macao


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Xu Zhimo once said, “To be in Paris is to be in paradise”. Walking through the historical and cultural metropolis, gazing upon the graceful Seine, strolling through splendid Versailles, staring up at the elegant Eiffel Tower – these are all memories that travelers to the city lights all share. Yet, what if I told you that you didn’t have to travel 10+ hours on an airplane to experience Paris?

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The skies were lit up with blossoming fireworks shooting upward from the Eiffel Tower. Festive sounds echoed through the Cotai Strip, attracting the attention of visitors from miles away. What kind of strange celebration was going on in Paris on that night?

Actually, I was not in Paris – I was in Macao. This grand event was the opening of the Parisian Macao, the newest landmark hotel to grace Macau’s ever-growing skyline. I was here to experience first-hand this fresh and unique resort. 

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Every tourist who visits Paris typically follows a prescribed pattern of travel, carefully crafted to fully experience the history and romance of the city. This path often includes the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysee, Place de la Cocorde, Versailles, etc. And of course, how could anyone go to Paris and not grab a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower?


Glorious Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe stands at the intersection of Paris’s twelve major boulevards – a design that was later copied by many other European cities. The arch was erected to commemorate soldiers who gave their lives during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. It has become a symbol of glory and victory for France. Standing next to the arch, the cars and people surrounding you seem to come to a standstill as you gaze up at its majestic architecture.

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The Arc de Triomphe can also be found at the Parisian Macao, cleverly integrated into its large, 12-meter tall outdoor screen. Even in its new form, its neo-classical architecture is still as dignified as the original.  

Elegant Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde is one of the world’ most beautiful city squares. It contains two large fountains: one representing French river commerce, the other representing French maritime trade.

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On the other side of the world, the maritime fountain from the Place de la Concorde lies in the middle of the Parisian’s circular main lobby. This replica fountain, sumptuously covered in gold and dark green, took craftsmen over a year and over 20 tons of clay to create.  

When standing next to the fountain, the “pitter-patter” of its water overwhelms the other noises in the lobby. Looking at the detailed sculptures playing within it, it is hard to imagine that this is thousands of miles from Paris

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Enchanting Champs-Elysees

The Rue de Champs-Elysees connects the Place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe, and has been called “the most beautiful street in the world”. Countless clothing stores and theaters have popped along its time-worn edge, and it has become a must-see destination in Paris for fashion-conscious visitors.

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The Parisian Macao has its own version of the Champs-Elysee in its shopping mall, Shoppes at Parisian. Strolling down its corridors, I couldn’t help but feel excited seeing rows of fashionable shops, many of which feature authentic European brands.
 
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In addition to Champs-Elysee, The Parisian also features Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Fauberg Sainte-Honore, two of Paris’s most famous shopping streets. Not only do they share names with their Paris counter-parts, but the architecture and design of the shop exteriors is also the same. 
 

Fantastic Versailles
On the outskirts of Paris lies one of France’s most opulent and luxurious architectural landmarks – Versailles. It was the crown jewel of French royalty before the revolution, and still stands as a symbol of French culture and art.  
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While I was at the Parisian, I could see shades of Versailles everywhere I looked. From the lavishly decorated lobby, to the elegant hallways; from the vast ballrooms, to the tranquil lounges; from the neatly groomed lawn, to the stately statues – everywhere I went filled me with excitement and wonder. 
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The halls were filled with dignified and sophisticated music, which made every place seem even more regal. While walking through areas with few people, I almost forgot that I was in Macau.  

Lovely Eiffel Tower

One of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, the Eiffel Tower was originally only supposed to stand for 20 years. Constructed in 1889, it has stood for more than 127 years, and has become one of the most recognizable structures worldwide.

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When I finally arrived at The Parisian’s half-scale replica Eiffel Tower, I was overcome with the same feeling of grandeur that I had looking at the original. Every detail in its design perfectly emulates its big brother. On the 7th floor, there is a restaurant, and on its 37th floor, an observation deck. From that high vantage point, I could see Macau’s rising skyline, as well as the awe-inspiring exterior of the Parisian’s hotel building.

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The Eiffel Tower comes alive at night with 6600 LED lights mounted on its exterior. They rhythmically dance in the moonlight, collectively shining like a beacon on the Cotai Strip. It was almost dreamlike, as if my own expectations of Paris have manifested themselves right in front of my eyes.

 
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After walking through the large resort, I began to grow tired and finally made my way to my room. Upon entering, I found that the lights and temperature were adjusted perfectly to my liking, and there was small box of macarons laying on my table.

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My favorite part of the room was a photo of the Eiffel Tower hanging on the wall next to my bed. It was almost as if a part of Paris was there right beside me, keeping me company as I slept. As I closed my eyes, I knew that I would dream of Paris.
 
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