Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests to celebrate Chinese New Year with a captivating display commemorating the Year of the Yang, now through March 15.
Brought to life by 22,000 flowers in vibrant hues of red and gold, the display features an assortment of silk-lantern chandeliers and unique Asian vignettes that incorporate elements of Chinese design.
In Chinese and other Asian cultures, the upcoming new year is the celebration of the Year of the Yang which simultaneously honors the Goat, Sheep and Ram. Paying homage to the different forms of the Yang, the Conservatory will recognize the Goat while the Ram will be honored elsewhere around the resort.
To honor the Goat, the centerpiece of the Conservatory is a 14-foot-tall grassy mountain. A family of five animated goats stands proudly on the mountaintop, turning their heads to observe the gardens below. An Asian home with jade doorknobs peeks out from the mountainside into which it is built. Nearby, water cascades off the mountain into a pond surrounded by citrus trees, bromeliads and cyclamen. Bringing luck to the Conservatory’s visitors, the West Garden’s front fence is lined with I-Ching coins while a pair of oversized pots topped with incense diffusers are positioned around the mountainside.
In the East Garden, a 12-foot-tall lantern sits atop a pond that holds 21,000 gallons of water, live Koi fish and four bonsai trees perched atop pedestals. Additional illuminated lanterns sit in the corners of the garden, casting a soft red glow on the yellow chrysanthemums and red bromeliads below.
Beneath a moongate wall in the South Garden, three Chinese children, with clothes adorned with 1,000 hand-cut flowers each, dance around a pond surrounded by bamboo and trees brimming with lanterns. Every evening from 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m., the Lass Vegas-based Beijing Trio performs traditional folk and pop music with authentic Chinese instruments.
A Chinese pavilion serves as the focal point of the North Bed where three Chinese children play at the end of a brick bridge that connects the pavilion to the lush garden of overflowing bromeliads, red cyclamen and chrysanthemums.
The Chinese New Year exhibit is complimentary and open to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Chinese New Year Exhibit Fast Facts:
- Now through March 15
Total flowers on display:
- 5,000 stem-cut flowers were used for the Chinese children
Total trees and shrubs on display:
Hanging Chinese Lantern Chandeliers
- Diameter 10-12 feet
- Height 10-12 feet
Chinese Lantern (Center of Pond)
- Height 12 feet
- Width 8 feet
- Height 14 feet
- Length 35 feet
- Width 20 feet
- 21,000 gallons of water