I am writing this retrospectively because I didn't have time before I left for a 2 week family holiday in the Coromandel .
Anyway I'd heard a lot about Macau from a friend whose daughter worked there for 6 months as a singing gondolier at the Macau Venetian Hotel. I thought the idea of a singing Gondolier in Macau was so incongruous that I had to see it myself.
It is true! they have made Venice inside the hotel except that everything is way cleaner than in the real Venice and there are lots more fancy shops. I think the sky changes colour from day to night as well, like Venus Fort in Tokyo, very disconcerting.
The Venetian Hotel/Casino was bad enough but the Galaxy Casino and Hotel was just completely over the top.
The other casino that I saw was the Grand Lisboa.
However I was really more interested in the older historic parts of Macau but I don't think I found what I was looking for. Maybe I would need to more time to find the heart of Macau.