Bellagio Conservatory celebrates the Year of the Horse

A celebration of the Chinese New Year is now in full swing at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

The free Las Vegas attraction will honor the Year of the Horse through March 1 with a colorful display featuring eight life-size horses frolicking atop a mountain, burning incense, flowing rivers of water, a tranquil temple, an 18-foot-tall custom-made Chinese money tree and several large gold coins.

Photos by Aleza Freeman

The thoughtful display seamlessly incorporates the ancient practice of Feng Shui in order to attract harmony, balance and positive energy to the Conservatory. Other symbols of good luck from Chinese culture include:

eight (the number of horses on display) = good fortune
money tree = prosperity, good fortune and nobility
water = a positive flow of energy
pine =  perseverance
bamboo = integrity
plum = modesty

To learn more about the conservatory or for tips on gardening, catch Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb (members of the Bellagio’s talented horticulture team) daily in the Conservatory between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

The Las Vegas-based Beijing Trio provides celebratory sounds of traditional folk and pop music with authentic Chinese instruments every night from 5 to 6.

Here are some photos from the 2014 Chinese New Year display: