Chinese New Year Las Vegas

Eat, drink, and be merry during Chinese New Year. January 26th marks the start of a new Lunar calendar and the Year of the Ox. Here are some ways to enjoy the festivities in Las Vegas:
Eat and Drink

1) My recommendation: get off the Strip and head to Chinatown, where a variety of Asian cuisine awaits you. Sam Woo is always a classic, but there are many other places to dine, so be ready to explore (that's the fun part!)

2) If you want to stay on the Strip, the following restaurants may provide symbolic and/or yummy Chinese New Year meals, as noted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority:

a) Wolfgang Puck's Chinois at the Forum Shops, Caesars Palace
b) Pearl or Grand Wok & Sushi Bar at MGM Grand
c) Fin at the Mirage
d) Mandalay Bay's Shanghai Lilly or Noodle Shop
e) Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace
f) Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas

Be Merry with Decorations and Celebrations

1) Watch Dragon and Lion Dances -- please verify dates, times, and locations as changes may occur:

a) MGM: Saturday, 24 January at 3 pm in the Porte Cochere
b) Venetian (Palazzo): dance plus fireworks and eye painting... Saturday, 24 January at 3 pm (to end at the Palazzo lobby) and Monday, 26 January at 11 am and 6 pm in the Porte Cochere
c) Mandalay Bay: Monday, 26 January at 3 pm in the Porte Cochere
d) Mirage: Monday, 26 January at 6 pm in the Main Valet
e) Bellagio: Tuesday, 27 January at 7 pm in the Porte Cochere
f) Las Vegas Hilton: Saturday, 31 January at 2 pm in the Main Lobby (technically, this is off the Strip, but it is close by on Paradise)
e) Gold Coast: Lion Dance throughout the casino on Tuesday, 3 February at 8 pm and 11 pm

2) Venetian/Palazzo: Banners, festive lanterns, and a celebratory ox are among the Chinese New Year decor gracing these two casinos.

3) Bellagio's Conservatory: Always a feast for the eyes, this year's Chinese New Year botancial garden includes a 15-foot floral ox (created with 10,000 Alternantheras), pandas, golden coins, and the annual red lanterns. This season's decor will be on display up through 28 February 2009.

4) Chinese American Chamber of Commerce New Year Celebration: Sunday, 8 February from 10 am to 5 pm at the Chinatown Plaza at 4255 Spring Mountain Road. Eat, browse through Asian arts and crafts as well as enjoy cultural acrobatics, dance, and martial arts. Admission for adult is $3 and for children 6 to 12 years is $1.

5) Green Valley Ranch Chinese New Year Concert and Party: Located adjacent to the District, at 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway in Henderson. Festivities on Sunday, 25 January, include acrobats, folk dancing, Kung fu and magic demonstrations, music, as well as other entertainment. Call 702. 686.9255 for tickets and/or more information.

Comments

Sonya Ann said…
Your pictures are so inspiring! And they make me hungry! Like I said before, you have a talent. I'll stop in later but now I'm going to look for an egg roll!

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