Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Happy Chinese New Year, friends. While I don’t celebrate CNY myself, it’s always been interesting to observe. When I was in 5th grade, a classmate’s mom gave everyone in our class a red envelope with $1 in it (I WAS RICH!) and since then, I’ve always appreciated the festivities.

Chinese New Year is somewhat of a big deal in Las Vegas, likely because of the heavy Asian tourism that the city attracts. My favorite thing to do at the beginning of the year is to go to the atrium at Bellagio and check out the CNY display. You should do this regardless of when you are visiting Las Vegas (the display changes 5x a year, you can see their schedule here).

If you didn’t know, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. Not these sheep, though. It’s easy to confuse the two:

While you’re at Bellagio, don’t forget to check out the 2-story chocolate fountain at Jean Philippe just around the corner from the atrium. They also have some incredibly gorgeous desserts, which I’ve yet to try because I can’t justify spending that much money on dessert, but they’re still fun to look at. And of course, don’t forget to see the famous glass ceiling in the lobby.

If you don’t mind a walk, next door to Bellagio is Caesar’s Palace, where The Forum Shops also have an impressive-looking CNY dragon at the entrance.

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And of course, don’t forget to get your limited-edition Year of the Sheep card at Starbucks! Make sure to grab a few extras if you can so that you can trade with our Korean friends for their even better Year of the Sheep card.


On my way to the car, I came across the best license plate I’ve ever seen. Bow down to this person’s wit:


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