MGM Resorts International Rings in the Year of the Dog with Celebratory Dances and Vibrant Displays

MGM Resorts International Rings in the Year of the Dog with Celebratory Dances and Vibrant Displays

Throughout Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand

 

MGM Resorts International is celebrating Lunar New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog, with festive dragon and lion dances and spectacular displays.

According to Chinese culture, the dog is the 11th animal in the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of fortune and longevity. Individuals born in the Year of the Dog are known to be responsible, loyal, honest and hardworking. They are always ready to help and enjoy putting others needs before their own.

In addition to experiencing traditional Lunar New Year menus throughout several MGM Resorts’ restaurants, guests are invited to celebrate with a series of special events:

Dragon & Lion Dances
Dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will commemorate the Year of the Dog at Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand:

  • MGM Grand – Friday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. inside the main lobby with a processional through the casino  
  • Bellagio – Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino            
  • ARIA – Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the main valet with a processional through the casino   

Yau Kung Moon will perform the Chinese dragon and lion dances at all three resorts, in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system with a modern flair. Southern Shaolin Kung Fu is a collection of martial arts with more than 1,000 years of history. Yau Kung Moon, which translates to “Style of Flexible Power,” is one of the world’s most respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations. Known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, Yau Kung Moon has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 Invitational World Lion Dance Festival in Malaysia. 

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the Year of the Dog with a festive display envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby in collaboration with the Bellagio Horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau. The gardens are brought to life by colorful lanterns, thousands of I-Ching coins and a larger-than-life dog as the centerpiece.

Upon entering the Conservatory through the East Garden, visitors will walk through a circular dome draped in thousands of red roses and yellow forsythia. At the garden’s edge, ding pots – ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortune – burn incense from their peaks for good luck.

Capturing visitors’ attention as they walk through the entryway, an 18-foot Siberian Husky stands guard atop a mountain overflowing with I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese symbol for money. A 16-foot Moon Gate towers over the South Garden, highlighting lush vegetation and a tranquil pond. Across the Conservatory in the North Garden is an 18-foot money tree flourishing with 384 oversized gold-leafed coins on its branches.

The Conservatory is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lunar New Year display is open now through March 3.

ARIA
Beginning Friday, Feb. 9, ARIA’s main lobby will be adorned in celebratory décor to honor the Year of the Dog.

Three Chinese Deities: Fuk, Luk and Sau, will greet guests upon check-in at ARIA’s front desk. The deities personify the important aspirations of mankind: happiness, wealth and longevity. A 196-foot dragon will hang from the lobby’s ceiling, weaving its way around a spectacular money tree made up of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune. Dog sculptures covered in silver and gold leaves will be incorporated into the floral décor.

Throughout the resort, guests also will encounter cherry blossoms, Chinese lanterns and lions.

MGM Grand
On Thursday, Feb. 8, MGM Grand’s main lobby will transform into a Lunar New Year spectacle with a vibrant display featuring the iconic Leo the Lion surrounded by eight panda bears and eye-catching floral décor. Custom filigree arches with Year of the Dog medallions will hang between the lobby’s columns. Upon check-in, guests will be greeted by six panda bears on the banks of the front desk.

Tropicana Las Vegas to Open Red Lotus Asian Kitchen and Celebrate Chinese New Year with Lion Dance

 

TROPICANA LAS VEGAS TO OPEN RED LOTUS ASIAN KITCHEN AND CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR WITH LION DANCE

 

Tropicana Las Vegas will continue its food and beverage refresh with the debut of Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, an Asian-inspired restaurant featuring Asian fare with a western flare. Set to debut this February 2, 2018, guests will be treated to fast, easy and flavorful Asian cuisine with a twist – available for dine-in and grab-and-go, just in time for Chinese New Year, the ‘Year of the Dog’.

“We are excited to welcome our all-new dining concept, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen to our food and beverage line-up at Tropicana Las Vegas,” said Aaron Rosenthal, VP and General Manager for Tropicana Las Vegas. “The property now offers everything from quick service to fine dining, and Red Lotus Asian Kitchen is the perfect restaurant to top off our current dining options available to both our guests and Marquee Reward Members. The restaurant will serve up both dine-in and carry out options – great for any occasion.”

Led by International chef Steven Leung, guests will be able to indulge in Asian cuisine’s greatest hits with a twist. The menu will feature an array of appetizers, soups, rice and noodle, as well as rice bowl options. Guests will be able to start off their experience with appetizers such as pot stickers, egg rolls, scallion pancakes, and soy braised pork belly baos, to name a few. Followed by soup-inspired options including Vietnamese beef pho, tonkotsu pork ramen, wonton noodle soup, and more. Plus, to top off any occasion, guests can enjoy rice and noodle options such as street side pad Thai noodles, Red Lotus chow main or bowl options complete with broccoli and beef, Thai curry chicken, sweet and sour and much more.

In addition, to celebrate Chinese New Year, guests can enjoy a live authentic lion dance set to be held on the casino floor on Saturday, February 17 at 6 p.m. Guests are also invited to test their fortune with two unique Baccarat offerings, the first a $30,000 Baccarat promotion for the entire month of February where every Saturday eight (8) lucky names will be drawn for prizes ranging from $500 to $2500 in promo chips. The second is a $108,000 Baccarat Tournament taking place February 15 through February 18. Visit Players Services at Tropicana for more information on either or both events.

Red Lotus Asian Kitchen will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.troplv.com

About Tropicana Las Vegas
Set on the famed Four Corners with commanding views of the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton is a Penn National Gaming destination and boasts stylish rooms, suites and luxury villas, complete with acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and a 50,000-square-foot casino. The resort redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers by providing a casually elegant experience on The Strip, all with a South Beach rhythm and vibe. The property also features Glow® a Mandara Spa and fitness center, Laugh Factory Comedy Club and restaurants such as Bacio Italian Cuisine, Oakville Steakhouse, Robert Irvine’s Public House, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen and Savor the Buffet, plus on-the-go options such as Barista Café, Fresh Mix and South Beach Food Court. For more information, visit www.troplv.com.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Honors Lunar New Year with Year of the Dog Floral Display

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Honors Lunar New Year with Year of the Dog Floral Display

 

 Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the Year of the Dog with a striking new Lunar New Year display open now through March 3. Bringing prosperity and good fortune to visitors, the eye-catching experience features colorful lanterns, thousands of I-Ching coins and flowing fountains, in addition to a larger-than-life dog as the centerpiece.

As guests enter the Conservatory through the East Garden, they walk through a circular dome draped in thousands of red roses, yellow forsythia and white orchids. At the garden’s edge, ding pots – ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortune – burn incense from their peaks for good luck. Four fountains line the dome as a fifth, filled with giant coins, is found at the center of the walkway. Illuminating a soft glow, four Chinese lanterns, embellished with hand-painted metallic designs, guide guests further into the alluring display.

Capturing visitors’ attention as they walk through the entryway, an 18-foot Siberian Husky stands guard atop a mountain overflowing with I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese symbol for money. The dog, representing loyalty and bravery, watches over two children as they play with lanterns and fireworks, joined by other dogs running and jumping through the West Garden.

Nearby, a 16-foot Moon Gate towers over the South Garden, highlighting lush vegetation and a tranquil pond. Clusters of silk lanterns and firecrackers, believed to ward off evil as they represent happiness, surround the gate. Across the Conservatory in the North Garden is an 18-foot money tree symbolizing good fortune, wealth and nobility. The lucky tree flourishes with 384 oversized gold-leafed coins on its branches. Giant red lanterns brighten the gardens overhead while bodies of water encompass each garden, ensuring a positive flow of energy.

The Year of the Dog display is the result of close collaboration between designer Ed Libby, Bellagio’s horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau. Each Lunar New Year, Master Yau and team create a serene sanctuary guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui – the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy. The 11th animal in the Asian zodiac, also recognized as the most loyal, the dog serves as a symbol of fortune and longevity.

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public.

Lunar New Year Display By the Numbers

  • 22,000: Total number of flowers on display for the duration of the exhibit
  • 125: Team members who participate in the display’s assembly
  • 1,700: Number of flowers used to create the children
  • 18: Number of dogs
  • 18 feet: Height of money tree
  • 18 feet: Height of main dog 
  • 18 feet: Height of circular dome in East Bed
  • 13: Number of hanging Chinese Lanterns
  • 2: Number of Cherry Blossom Trees