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Vegas Prepares For Chinese New Year


A recent survey shows that this year, Las Vegas seems to be among the top 10 destination points to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dragon, which officially begins this Monday, is expected to be breathing fire festivities down the neck of Sin City.

Vegas CBS news affiliate, 8NewsNow, says the city's downtown and Strip is ready to roll out the red carpet and give these Chinese tourists a great time they won't soon forgot! “The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's international sales department has been working closely with tour operators to bring more Chinese tourists from mainland China. Casinos along the Strip are displaying elaborate attractions to welcome the visitors,” the report said.

And when it comes to the attractions – not that we would expect anything less than flamboyant Vegas extravagance with no expense spared – some of the plans would even make Trump blush. According to the report, “The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has five hand painted dragons with more than 20,000 scales each. They also have more than 22,000 colorful flowers.” Think that figure is a bit exaggerated? Well listen, need I remind you that these are the Chinese... so I'm guessing the math is right! And don't worry about missing this amazing showcase. The display will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through March 3.
But he Bellagio isn't the only one chop-sticking to the Strip. Following garish suit, “The Palazzo will display a 128-foot fire-breathing dragon. And the atriums at the Wynn will have about 8,000 red and yellow mums, silk dragons and lots of sculptures.”

Numerous mini-fests, street fairs, live music, decadent food, and playful commotion are all part of this year's festival dubbed 'Dragon in the Desert' that's going down on Fremont Street. Here are some specific details if your fortune cookie is telling you to go to Vegas geisha style:

Opening ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a live authentic dragon dance that includes virtual firecrackers on Viva Vision. The live dragon dance will return for closing ceremonies at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Beginning at 6 p.m. each night, the festival will feature a lion dance, a vendor village (with Chinese food, arts and crafts), and cultural presentations on the 3rd Street Stage and traditional entertainment on the 1st Street Stage.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your Lotus shoes and go!

(Images from 8NewsNow)

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