The shimmering pleasure metropolis offers giangantic proportions, large casino-hotels (here the “Excalibur”), restaurants, shopping centers, imitations of famous buildings and theaters in the middle of the desert in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 10 September 2011. There are 154,000 hotel rooms and 198,000 slot machines for the almost 40 million people, who visit Las Vegas yearly. The seven kilometer strip is the heart of the mega-metropolis. The colorful glittering world of Las Vegas only really comes to life after sunset. The thousands of illuminated billboards, video screens and laser shows, accompanied with the intense sounds from all of the bars, casinos and shopping malls, make Nevada’s desert metropolis into a huge funfair. Photo: Wolfgang Thieme -ALLIANCE-INFOPHOTO