Yau Kung Moon will perform the Chinese dragon and lion dances in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system, 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 Rooster with a spirited display through March 4. 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 flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers and a preview of the highly anticipated Bellagio by MGM Shanghai resort, set to open in summer 2017.
Upon entering the Conservatory, visitors will walk through a Moon Gate, serving as an inviting entrance into the gardens surrounded by sunflowers that stand for prosperity. Four ding pots, ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortune and burn incense from their peaks for good luck, line each corner of the East Bed from a shallow pond. The West Bed features a 10-foot-tall rooster perched on a mountain flapping its wings, ruffling its feathers and welcoming those from near and far with its signature crow.
The lush and vibrant display in the Conservatory flows into Bellagio’s lobby with a dazzling mirrored horse from the Tang Dynasty and a colorful display of flowers and Chinese accents behind the front desk to welcome guests upon arrival.
The Conservatory is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ARIA’s main lobby delights visitors with celebratory décor in honor of the Year of the Rooster. Upon entrance to the lobby, guests are greeted by a 229-foot dragon weaving its way through clusters of Chinese lanterns and around the money tree made up of 88 golden coins. Roosters are found throughout the floral décor.
Three Chinese Deities: Fuk, Luk and Sau, each about five feet tall, greet guests upon check-in while standing on a platform behind ARIA’s front desk. The deities personify the important aspirations of mankind: happiness, wealth and longevity. Throughout the resort, guests also encounter eight lions resembling attire worn during traditional lion dances.
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 19, MGM Grand’s main lobby will honor Lunar New Year with a vibrant display including more than 100 lanterns and a 14-foot-tall cherry blossom tree next to Leo the Lion who will be surrounded by three golden roosters and one rainbow rooster. Custom filigree arches with Year of the Rooster medallions will hang between the lobby’s columns. Upon check-in, guests will be greeted by custom, ceramic children dressed in traditional Chinese garb on each side of the Front Desk along with floral décor.
Park Theater at Monte Carlo
The Strip’s newest entertainment venue, Park Theater at Monte Carlo, will celebrate Lunar New Year with a performance by Chinese pop rock group Band of Brothers on Sunday, Jan. 29. Each member of the band, Edmund Leung, Richie Jen, William So and Steve Wong, has had a career spanning over two decades, releasing more than 80 albums combined. The group name was selected as a representation of the qualities each of the band members possesses as a true man – career, personal life and family life.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Band of Brothers’ one-night-only performance range from $78 to $208, including applicable fees. For more show and ticket information, visit ParkTheaterLV.com
Honoring the Year of the Rooster, select MGM Resorts International restaurants are celebrating with specialty menus and authentic cuisine from the Far East.
Hakkasan will provide entertainment in the form of a lion dance on Saturday, Jan. 28. Lion troupes will make their way through the intimate lattice woodwork cages, offering symbolic expressions of luck, fortune, wisdom and joy.