I was lucky to come back to Las Vegas right in time to see how my favorite hotel celebrates the 2015 Chinese New Year of the Goat. It started on January 9th, right after the winter holidays and it lasted until March 14th. For about 2 months Las Vegas tourists could admire the art of welcoming the new year in the Chinese culture at Bellagio Gardens and Conservatory.
At Bellagio, as usual, the front desk at the hotel lobby was decorated for the season. This time it was all Chinese, of course.
… and the celebration took place inside the Bellagio Gardens and Conservatory, where the main view was breathtaking!
The whole display beautifully combined the 5 main elements in the Fengshui philosophy : Earth, Fire, Water, Metal and Air as colors, textures and effects, from the entrance to the back
As we entered we could see the famous Chinese children always present in all Chinese celebrations at Bellagio. They are made out of fresh-cut flowers (1,000 flowers each in this case), and placed all over the beautiful garden.
From various sources of information I learned that this year the gardens at Bellagio contained 22,000 flowers and 660 trees and shrubs – they are all part of the “Earth” element.
There was also a light pleasant breeze (representing the “Air” element) blowing over the gorgeous flowers and plants, making them move. Also, the stream under the bridge had a little motion to it.
As in many displays at Bellagio, the Water element is always present, with ponds filled with gorgeous colorful fish. This time there were various types of precious exotic fish – some of them were 50-60 years old, if you can imagine that… I saw a sign that warned visitors not to throw money in the water (obviously this is harmful for the fish). Yet, the ponds were full of coins – oh!
The main pond in the middle of the garden was filled with 21,000 gallons of water and was surrounded by interesting Chinese structures, yellow chrysanthemums and red bromeliads and… visitors photographing everything :)
Look at those gorgeous silk and metal lanterns above the middle pond! Talking about “Metal”: what is more fantastic than the elaborate metal structure of the Bellagio pavilion itself? But see how nicely the “Fire” element is created by the sun rays shinning down on the beautiful ornaments! The decorators at Bellagio definitely knew what they were doing for the “Year of the Yang”!
Last but not least, look at that family of five goats on the top of the big rock! . They were so cute! In addition they were moving their heads, and sometimes I thought they were posing for me :)
With this I end my journey into the world of the 2015 Chinese New Year at Bellagio, Las Vegas, and I wish you Good Luck in the Year of the Goat!