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Chinese New Year decorations in Las Vegas

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I was in Las Vegas a few days ago for a quick, easy vacation. It was the week after CES and a week before Chinese New Year. In other words, Vegas was practically a ghost town. Not having to wait 1 hour to get into any random restaurant or 2+ hours to get into a buffet was a welcome change from my usual Vegas trips.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino Chocolate dragon Jean Philippe

Chinese New Year was still a few days away, but Vegas was already getting ready for the Year of the Dragon. CNY is one of the biggest money-making holidays for Vegas, thanks to Asian tourists flooding into the city. Not surprisingly, Vegas rolls out the welcome mat for them. It was cool seeing Chinese New Year decorations all over the high-end casinos and shopping malls. I spent most of my trip in the center of the Strip, so I only took photos of the CityCenter complex (Aria, Cosmopolitan, Crystals) and Bellagio.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino entrance

Aria, the main casino of the CityCenter megacenter, went all-out with decorations. A giant banner that is impossible to miss was pasted over the main entrance to greet visitors. Two Chinese chimera statues stand guard outside the entrance.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino

Humongous paper dragon in the main lobby, flying under an army of lanterns.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino Buddha

Buddha statue surrounded by bamboo. His belly is gleaming gold after countless rubs for good luck.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino Buddha

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino

Dragon structure outside a couple restaurants.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino Chocolate dragon Jean Philippe

Delicious-looking chocolate dragon outside the Jean Philippe patisserie in Aria.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino

Banners everywhere.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Aria hotel casino

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Crystals mall CityCenter

Dragon in Crystals, the luxury shopping mall in CityCenter

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Cosmopolitan chandelier lounge bar hotel casino

Cosmopolitan is the newest property in Vegas, opening just over a year ago. It is the final piece to the $9 billion CityCenter megacomplex. No Chinese New Year decorations were found inside, but here are a few photos anyway since it was my first time visiting Cosmopolitan.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Cosmopolitan chandelier lounge bar hotel casino

The centerpiece of Cosmopolitan is a three-story lounge / bar surrounded by a giant “chandelier”. Very impressive and pretty.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Cosmopolitan chandelier lounge bar hotel casino

Cosmopolitan felt like a very girly boutique hotel to me. Doesn’t help that there’s high heel imagery all over the resort.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Cosmopolitan chandelier shoe heels lounge bar hotel casino

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio hotel casino entrance

Bellagio’s main entrance with a couple lion statues on guard.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio lobby hotel casino

Front desk decked out with banners and lanterns.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

The Bellagio conservatory is famous for its seasonal displays and holiday commemorations.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

Performer playing drums and a Chinese lute.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

I didn’t know people actually used iPads for taking photos and videos. The camera is terrible and on par with the one in iPod touch. But as they say, the best camera is the one you have with you…

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

Two dragons fighting for a mythical pearl.

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

Dragons, dragons, and more dragons!

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

Las Vegas Chinese New Year dragon decorations celebration Bellagio conservatory hotel casino

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Written by Protocol Snow

January 22nd, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Posted in Travel

  • http://twitter.com/toorima toorima

    Chinese New Year pix with 0 obstructing people/tourists in the pics, amazing!

    • http://www.protocolsnow.com/ Protocol Snow

      Yeah, luckily my trip was in the middle of the week. When I was driving home to L.A. on Friday, the traffic heading into Vegas was quite bad. I imagine Vegas was a madhouse over the weekend and today.

  • http://eattraveleat.blogspot.com/ EatTravelEat

    So many great pictures yet again! I've never been able to go to Las Vegas during Chinese New Year so thanks for giving us such a wide glance at how hotels change their spaces.

    iPads somehow seem to be quite popular for taking pictures too, but also for games/entertainment. I find it interesting how people do not mind the weight/size. BTW I don't think Cosmopolitan is part of CityCenter; the Harmon would have been the last piece, if it didn't have structure problems.

    • http://www.protocolsnow.com/ Protocol Snow

      Ah, thanks for the correction! You are right.