Unrivaled Cultural Celebrations among Highlights for Ushering in a Year of Luck and Excitement this February in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - In Chinese astrology, The Year of the Snake is marked by intuition, instinct and thoughtfulness. This February, Las Vegas resorts will prepare for the Chinese New Year, celebrating Asian culture with stunning showcases of décor, traditional Chinese cuisine and activities to commemorate The Year of the Snake.
"Each year, visitors from around the globe make their way to Las Vegas to enjoy its internationally famous entertainment and to take part in cultural celebrations surrounding the Chinese zodiac sign," said Cathy Tull senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). "As the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar, Las Vegas is excited to add to the traditions and celebrations, which appeal to our many international guests."
The year of the Snake installation at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio features a prosperous money tree with oversized gold coins hanging from branches. In addition, live performances of traditional folk and pop music with authentic Chinese instruments, including the erhu (二胡), ruan (阮), and pipa (琵琶) will take place on a Chinese junk boat from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Conservatory design is inspired by Feng Shui, and will be on display through March 3.
Keeping with tradition, The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino and The Palazzo Las Vegas will host a unique Year of the Snake display Jan. 14 - Feb. 25. Taking center stage will be a 98-foot long animated blue snake named Sophie Chow, inspired by her Italian home and Chinese New Year heritage. There will also be a giant 38-foot cherry tree with more than 193,000 flowers, 28 custom dancing lanterns and traditional Chinese coins representing wealth displayed throughout the atrium.
For those seeking relaxation and stress release, the award-winning Forbes Five-Star spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is celebrating three exclusive treatments available from Jan. 23 to Feb. 28. Spa attendees can chose from "Double Destiny," a two-hour ceremony for couples seeking good karma; "Destiny of the Water Serpent," a 90-minute full-body massage releasing tension and increasing circulation; or, the Chinese Zodiac manicure and pedicure, tailored to a guest's personal element for a customized hand and/or foot massage on vital energy points.
The world's first Nobu Hotel, Nobu Caesars Palace, will open its doors on Feb. 4 as the first guests arrive for the Lunar New Year celebration. The restaurant and lounge adjacent the hotel will offer three teppanyaki tables (the first of Nobu's restaurants in the U.S), a sushi bar and a private dining area along with a large lounge and bar. The non-gaming, boutique hotel experience paired with a marquee location in the heart of Caesars Palace will allow guests access to world-class entertainment, restaurants and shopping.
The Las Vegas Spring Festival: Chinese New Year in the Desert will host a series of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultural celebrations Feb. 8 - 10 throughout the Fremont Street Experience (FSE), a five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown Las Vegas, which features Viva Vision.
Furthermore, in an effort to bring the largest Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in the U.S. to Downtown Las Vegas, McDonald's will host the Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. The purpose of the McDonald's Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade is to bring the community together and showcase the most extravagant and colorful floats. This celebration will commemorate the rich history and celebrate the most important holiday of the Asian community.
This year, the resident shows are also joining in the celebration. To celebrate the eighth year of Kà by Cirque du Soleil, the dance troupe will parade through the MGM Grand on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Traditional dragon and lion dances, as well as other celebratory events at various resorts, will kick-off festivities and welcome The Year of the Snake. Celebrations will include:
Sandy Lam, the multi-talented superstar will take center stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Feb. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. as she sings her top hits dating back to the mid-80s. This special performance will feature popular songs from her hit "Wildflower" album.
In addition to stunning décor and exciting entertainment, a number of restaurants on and off the Strip will prepare specialty menus and dishes for the holiday celebration. Bellagio will host the prestigious Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Culinary festival Feb. 14 - 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m. This is only the second time in history that the Diaoyutai has hosted this event in the United States. The event consists of the culinary team of the guesthouse in Beijing, China, coming to Tuscany Kitchen at Bellagio and re-creating the experience that prestigious world leaders, VIPs and royalty have had when being hosted in the guesthouse in China. Chef Hao Baoli and staff from Diaoyutai will prepare an exclusive multi-course dinner for lucky guests, available at $500 per person.
Monte Carlo's Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar will feature a lucky $28.88 dinner with three dishes: Gong Hei Fat Choy 恭喜發財 (braised dried oyster and black moss with oyster sauce), Ha Ha Smile 呵呵笑 (manila clam with black bean sauce), and Budda Delight 羅漢齋 (Chinese Napa, bean thread, black fungus, black moss, snow peas and Chinese mushroom).
Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu with jumbo lump crab egg drop soup, shrimp dumpling with sweet mayo and garlic ginger soy, seared duck with hoisin plum sauce with gailan broccoli, and five spice pineapple tart with jasmine tea ice cream.
Rice & Company at Luxor Hotel and Casino will assemble a thoughtful prix-fixe menu and will debut the Great Wall roll available from Feb. 10 - Feb. 24. The four-course meal ($65 per person) offers three entrées: orange peel chicken, tossed in mild chili sauce; beef and broccoli in a garlic oyster sauce; and garlic shrimp with stir-fried Asian vegetables.
China Poblano by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host a Chinese New Year menu which will offer goose, duck, Phoenix shrimp, monk, XO scallop and long beans, lions head with saffron and Xinjiang uyghur lamb chops. The menu will be available Feb. 1 - Feb. 28.
Delectable Chinese New Year menus will also be available at Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace, MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas, Ping Pong Pang and Noodle Exchange at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, and many more.
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