Chinese New Year kicked off February with a bang in Las Vegas. Each strip and downtown casino compete for the tourists this event drives into our city, as they each adorn their properties awaiting the Year of the Horse to begin. The entire two-week holiday is jam packed full of fun events, shows and displays throughout the city.
From Mandalay Bay to the The Grand you see huge banner erected in honor of this event with the Chinese New Year greeting “Gung hay fat choy” inscribed in Chinese characters. The traditional red paper lanterns and pagodas stretch almost endlessly throughout the city. With so much to take in, here are a few of the highlights we suggest catching while in town visiting or out and about with the family.
As is typical of Bellagio, they have outdone themselves. The Conservatory, a free open space display available to walk and enjoy with your family at any time, features eight horses, 22,000 flowers, 600 shrubs, 60 bamboo trees and six Chinese children figures among much more.
Jia Lu Exhibit at the Exclusive Collections Gallery
Considered among the 50 most influential artists outside China, Jia Lu’s artwork is known for combining the harmonious elements of East and West. Her exhibit at the Exclusive Collections Gallery, inside the Forum Shops at Caesars, is a great stop in the middle of the strip to absorb the exploration of graceful beauty she captures in her artwork.
The Downtown Grand Events
From Thursday February 6 until Saturday February 8, the events centered at the Downtown Grand are sure to be full of fun and entertainment. This year Downtown Grand will serve as a central point for festivities. Events include the Race to the World Zumba Record (being held of Saturday) as well as live concerts and plenty of street fair.
This list would not be complete without a stop in Chinatown. Sunday, February 9. 2014, starting at 10 o’clock in the morning will be an all day festival including authentic Asian fair, Free Drawings, Exhibitions and Plenty of Entertainment for the whole family. From lion dances to Japanese Taiko Drums, Chinese Martial Arts to Polynesian Dance, you are sure to find fun at every turn. Admission is $3 for adults and children 6-12 years of age only $1.
The Year of the Horse is off to a great start, and this two week celebration is sure to be gone before you know it. Enjoy all that the New Year festivities have to offer.
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