Seeing David Tang Wing-cheung - connoisseur of all things refined - posing with Vegas-style showgirls in a smoky club with dancing poles seems surreal. But the founder of Shanghai Tang showed he was willing to make sacrifices when it comes to business. Mr Tang, who is trying to get a piece of Macau's booming casino industry, opened his first shop in Macau - also his first in a casino - at the Wynn yesterday. Explaining that nothing goes together better than high rollers and Cuban cigars, he said: 'Put a big cigar in your mouth and look like a manager. It's a great symbol of wealth.' But wealth and good taste do not always go hand in hand - as the choice of entertainment for his opening showed. Scantily-clad showgirls under red lighting at Wynn's Tryst club, followed by a dinner featuring a salsa performance and a lounge singer, was a far cry from the swanky experience Mr Tang offers guests at his exclusive China Club. But the man with impeccable taste was able to laugh it off. After all, he has dealt with bigger contradictions before - being the founder of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund while having 20 cigar shops across Asia and also being honorary consul for Cuba. 'If two years ago someone told me all these amazingly vulgar places would spring up, I would not have believed it,' he joked. Despite his apparent lack of appreciation for the Las Vegas charm, Mr Tang couldn't help but rave about how the casino business had given backward Macau a new lease on life. 'Just look at this place - it's crazy. Vibrant Hong Kong? This makes Hong Kong look like a morgue. And forget about Shanghai. This is a superb study for people who want to understand the meaning of capitalism when you have virtual freedom.' With no fear of agitating his friend Stanley Ho Hung-sun, who has been embroiled in a war of words with Las Vegas Sands' chairman Sheldon Adelson and gaming magnate Steve Wynn, Mr Tang said he was glad Macau's gambling monopoly was over. Calling the old Macau a 'backwater', he said intense competition was a good thing. 'You can't have a vibrant and competitive economy without intense competition,' he said. 'Stanley Ho's a very good friend of mine ... but he's so rich he doesn't need to work for 10 more lives. Nobody needs to shed a tear for Mr Ho. 'We read about Hong Kong being the freest economy in the world but when was the last time a foreigner actually invested money in Hong Kong? Why? Because Hong Kong is controlled by five people.'