Ring in the (Chinese) New Year in Las Vegas

Feb 9, 2010 5:01 PM

by GT Staff |

Las Vegas is expecting a significant influx of Asian customers as this Wednesday kicks off Chinese New Year, the lunar Year of the Tiger.

MGM MIRAGE (MGM) casinos throughout the city will celebrate the 2010 Chinese New Year with exhilarating Lion Dance performances, a concert at MGM Grand and authentic cuisine at a variety of resort restaurants.

The Tiger, the third animal in the Asian zodiac, is a symbol of competitiveness, natural leadership and self-reliance.

The Lion Dance performances will be held in various resorts’ main valet and porte cochere areas, according to the following schedule:

• MGM Grand – Saturday, at 3 p.m.

• The Mirage – Sunday, at 3 p.m.

• Bellagio – Sunday, at 7 p.m.

• Mandalay Bay – Sunday, at 10 p.m.

• ARIA – Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m.

Yau Kung Moon will perform traditional

Chinese lion dances at MGM Grand, The Mirage, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, and ARIA Resort & Casino.

 

 

Yau Kung Moon is considered one of the best and most respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations in the world with more than 3,000 members. In the 1960s, Yau Kung Moon was introduced to the United States by Grandmaster Ha Kwok Cheung’s disciples, Grandmaster Chan Jun Chuen, Grandmaster Wong Cheung and Grandmaster Wan Tak Kee.

 

They later passed the system onto their disciples, Master Bill Lee, Master Lok Sang Lee, Master Michael Lau and Master David Louie.

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, as well as finishing as the seven-time undefeated Chinese National Lion Dance Champions.

Sam Hui, a Cantopop musical legend throughout his native Hong Kong, returns to Las Vegas for another sensational, heart-warming concert to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

Hui will electrify the crowd with his popular hits including "Tian Cai Yu Bai Chi" and "Ban Jin Ba Liang." Hui will perform Saturday, at 8 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

In addition to first class Asian entertainment, properties will serve a variety of Chinese feasts. Here is a recap:

MGM Grand – Pearl, whose hours will vary from Thursday-Sunday, will offer a traditional Chinese menu in addition to Dim Sum during lunch hours. Grand Wok, whose hours also will vary, will feature a special menu with a variety of select delicacies.

The Mirage – Cravings and Fin will each present special dishes all week.

Mandalay Bay – Shanghai Lilly and Noodle Shop will feature authentic Chinese cuisine.  Dinner at Shanghai Lilly is served daily, and Noodle Shop is open for lunch and dinner.

Bellagio – Jasmine and Noodles will offer guests a dim sum lunch at each restaurant, as well as specialty dishes at the dinner servings.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – In what’s become a tradition in Las Vegas, Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens ushers in the Year of the Tiger with a spectacular, unique display filled with hidden meaning through March 6.

This year’s design is guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui – the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy. The teachings of Feng Shui are used to position the flow of water into Bellagio’s Conservatory, ensuring positive energy.

The dramatic centerpiece of this exhibit is a majestic tiger whose "fur" coat is comprised of dried botanicals. The tiger stands among a garden of Taihu rocks, chosen because they are believed to encourage circulation of ch’i, or natural energy, and overlooks a tranquil pond of Koi, a symbol of abundance and fortune.

Found amidst gold leafed I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese money symbol stands an 18-foot-tall Chinese God of Prosperity. Widely recognized as the strongest symbol of good fortune and great luck in the New Year, the God of Prosperity is flanked by two Ming Dynasty-styled dings, ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortunes. Nearby, a trio of charming, six-foot tall giant pandas made of more than 9,000 living plants frolic in a lush garden filled with towering bamboo.

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