The Bellagio and Palazzo ring in Chinese New Year

It’s the Year of the Monkey, and while we’re pretty sure there’s a Curious George posted up with Rafiki in the sea of buskers downtown, they’re nowhere to be seen in the opulent Chinese New Year decorations at the Palazzo’s Waterfall Atrium and the Bellagio Conservatory.

Las Vegas has been decked out in red and gold to honor the Chinese New Year, which officially starts on Feb. 8. And while you may be thinking the color scheme is super lush and swanky, they weren’t chosen just because they look fabulous together. They are the traditional Chinese colors for good luck and prosperity. Something lots of Vegas gamblers could use while tossing dolla dolla bills on the tables.

And so it goes for the elements used in each design too. Gold coins are found in both designs, symbolizing wealth and the element of metal. Bamboo and Manzanita trees provide the wood element, the fountains represent water, and this is a shot in the dark, but I’m going to guess the real fruit trees planted in each of the displays are representative of earth. The sweet citrus fragrances do not go unnoticed or unappreciated when you’re used to the smothering cloud of cigarette smoke.

Here are some fun facts:

  • 88 red and gold lanterns are suspended from the ceilings at the Waterfall Atrium inside the Palazzo.
  • The Bellagio’s Monkey Mountain is built with a steel armature, sculptured Styrofoam and hard coating.
  • More than 1,000 flowers are used in the Palazzo’s display, including lilies, chrysanthemums and orchids.
  • Six Chinese children dance in the Bellagio gardens, their colorful outfits are handmade from fresh flowers like carnations and chrysanthemums.
  • The Palazzo used more than 1,200 plants including various grasses, trees, ivy, bamboo and ferns.
  • The 12 climbing monkeys atop the Bellagio’s 35 foot Waterfall Mountain stand 5 feet to 7 feet tall.

The Chinese New Year displays will be up through March. See more Vegas attractions.




Born a Buckeye - raised a Hoosier. I grew up in a one-horse town that straddles the Indiana/Ohio state line and until 2006, was in two different time zones. There were three stoplights and a whopping 48 students in my graduating class. Fast forward a few years later, I was bitten by the travel bug and decided to head west. It seems like no matter how long I live here, there’s always something that still makes my jaw drop. That’s what I love about Vegas; you never know what you’re going to see next and that’s what makes living here so much fun. Basically, if you’re bored in this town, there’s something wrong with you…not the city. I’m an avid traveler with an incurable case of wanderlust so stay tuned for all the tours, attractions and shopping adventures that Sin City has to offer.