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Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year in a big way


Las Vegas celebrates Chinese New Year in a big way

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jan 29, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Did you know that it took 10 months and 77 artists and artisans from all over the world to create the Chinese New Year installation at The Palazzo?

The tree at the center is 38-feet tall and 28-feet wide and adorned with 8,800 blossom vines and almost 194,000 flowers.

The snake is nick-named Sophie Chow to reflect her home at The Palazzo and Chow is a reference to the Chinese New year.

The Palazzo and Venetian aren't the only ones celebrating Chinese New Year -- which officially falls on Feb. 10 this year --  in Las Vegas.

A ceremonial dragon dance complete with firecrackers and eye-painting ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 in The Venetian's porte cochere.

A traditional Chinese fan dance will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Chloe rotunda inside The Shoppes at The Palazzo.

A "Dotting of the Eyes" ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at The Cosmopolitan near the east side entrance. Forty performers will "awaken" the dragon and lions by dotting their eyes with red paint. There will then be a parade of lions and dancers through the casino.

The M Resort is also celebrating the Chinese New year. There will be a traditional good luck Chinese dragon dance performed by the Lohan School of Shaolin at 5 p.m. Feb. 11.

The resort will also recognize the new year with festive decor including banners and lanterns and special menu items at the Studio B Buffet beginning Feb. 10.

There is also an elaborate display in the conservatory at The Bellagio. The display features an 18-foot-tall custom-made Chinese money tree; a nine-foot-tall friendly King Cobra snake; a waterfall; a 35-foot Chinese Junk Boat; and six "lucky: children embellished with 1,800 flowers.

Celebrations around town include the second Chinese New Year in the Desert Festival in downtown Las Vegas Feb. 8 through 10. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 10.

And Chinatown's Year of the Snake Festival will be held in Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road on Feb. 17.

In addition, several restaurants around town will be offering specials during the month of February.

Fu at the Hard Rock Hotel will feature several special dishes such as succulent shrimp stuffed with shitake mushrooms, pan-sear prawns with a sweet tomato sauce, sundried sea scallops with sea moss, and pork shank stewed in a preserved bean curd.

China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan will also offer special cocktails and menu items Feb. 1 through Feb. 28.


EarthCam at Bellagio Conservatory

List of Chinese New Year's celebrations and events -- Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Explanation of Chinese New Year -- Wikipedia

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