Las Vegas loves the Chinese New Year. From events, to beautiful displays and performances along with unique foods, this is always a momentous occasion. The Year of the Snake is no different and Splash Magazines Worldwide has gathered a list of some of the top things to do and see to commemorate the Year of the Snake.
BVLGARI recently unveiled new creations to its timeless Serpenti collection, a line of jewelry and watches playing upon the elegance and sensuality of the snake. You can get a look at these beautiful pieces at Crystals through March 5. There will be a special exhibit, which will include (left to right) the below pink gold ring with a rubellite head and pavé diamonds; this seductive pink gold necklace with round brilliant cut diamonds; and a stunning white gold serpent bracelet with round brilliant cut diamonds.
Crystals is home to the United States’ largest Van Cleef & Arpels boutique featuring this gorgeous “Naga” bracelet from the “Bals de Legende” collection. This intricate piece showcases round and baguette-cut diamonds, violet tourmaline, colored sapphires, cabochon-cut emeralds, as well as hard and fine stones set in 18K white gold.
Individuals born in the Year of the Snake are graceful and exciting, making them excellent matches with this signature red enamel snake bracelet and fuchsia leather wallet with a gold snake signature buckle from the world’s largest Roberto Cavalli location.
These exquisite snake-inspired accessories belong to the exclusive Mikimoto Milano Collection, a flawless combination of the iconic brand’s classic elegance and Italian jewelry designer Giovanna Broggian’s innovative and exotic designs.
What could be more appropriate than to simulate the pattern of snakeskin, various tones of cognac and black pavé diamonds set in Noble Gold were used to create H. Stern’s serpent-inspired earrings from its Ancient America Collection.
While the snake may be replacing the Year of the Dragon, Emilio Pucci's ivory colored Dragon Shoes are truly one-of-a-kind as no two pairs are made from the same mold.
ERES’ “Lunar” bustier-shape one-piece swimsuit is appropriately named for the holiday, and is designed to be reminiscent of the smoke curling from test tubes.
A truly unique dining experience will take place at the Bellagio this month as it welcomes the prestigious Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to the United States for only the second time. Typically reserved for royalty, heads of state and other world leaders, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse of Beijing will host a series of exclusive dinners within Tuscany Kitchen Thursday, February 14 through Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this rare culinary event are $500 per person, all-inclusive, and are available online at Bellagio's Epicurean Epicenter webpage or by calling Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-7117.
The lavish dinner offers an eight-course menu featuring a collection of historic dishes modernized from ancient menus. It will be prepared and served by the Diaoyutai culinary team, dressed in traditional Chinese attire and led by Executive Chef Hao Baoli, who has hosted more than 1,000 world leaders in his decades at the Guesthouse. With more than 30 years leading the Diaoyutai culinary team, Chef Baoli specializes in cuisine that is both healthy and delicious. His menu at Bellagio will feature a diverse selection of dishes showcasing rare ingredients and skillful techniques while also following strict nutritional requirements, ensuring all items are low in both sugar and sodium and high in protein.
Dynamic and colorful lion dances by Yau Kung Moon will commemorate the Year of the Snake at Bellagio, ARIA, Crystals at CityCenter and MGM Grand:
o ARIA – Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at the main porte cochere
o Crystals – Monday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.
o MGM Grand –Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the front desk
o Bellagio – Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens ushers in the Year of the Snake with a complimentary display through March 3. The highlights of the Conservatory display include an 18-foot-tall custom-made Chinese money tree and a nine-foot-tall friendly King Cobra snake covered in 5,000 blue and yellow luminescent scales.
Jean Philippe Pâtisserie always puts together the most stunning creations and he did it again to celebrate the Year of the Snake. Inside ARIA Resort & Casino he will be displaying a massive dragon entirely hand crafted out of the finest European chocolates, as well as a number of Chinese New Year-inspired decorative cakes and edible works of art.
In celebration of the Year of the Snake, select MGM Resorts International restaurants will feature specialty menus and authentic cuisine from the Far East in celebration of the Year of the Snake.
FIN at The Mirage – The contemporary Chinese restaurant is offering a special a la carte menu for Chinese New Year. With fish being a symbol of surplus during this important time, FIN will provide an array of indulgent options including the Crispy Garlic Sea Bass and Steamed Seafood with bean curd and egg. You can also try three Chinese New Year specialty cocktails (the Water Snake, Shanghai Dragon and the Zen Mojito) that will be available on the menu for a limited time.
Blossom at ARIA Resort & Casino – ARIA’s Chinese restaurant is serving up a “Year of the Serpent Special Chinese New Year Lucky Menu.” Guests will feel luckier than ever deciding between an array of traditional Chinese favorites that have been given a Vegas edge like the Fish Filet with extra spicy broth hot pot and Spicy Jelly Fish Salad. For a more customary afternoon dining experience, Blossom will provide a “Cantonese Dim Sum” that is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rice & Company at Luxor – The enticing and healthy Asian eatery is ringing in The Year of the Snake with a decadent four-course, pre-fixe menu featuring Chinese-American cuisine classics like Beef & Broccoli and Orange Peel Chicken. One of the most unique plates of the holiday is the “Year of the snake roll.” A fusion of Chinese and Japanese food, this sushi roll is filled with squid and scallops, topped with king crab, halibut and flying fish roe with a side of sambal mayo and balsamic glaze. The delectable menu is $65 per person.
Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay – Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller’s worldly travels contributed to this pre-fixed, four course meal that highlights intense flavors best seen though the desert – a Five Spice Pineapple Tart with Jasmine Tea Ice Cream. Other unique, Chinese New Year crowd pleasers will be the Jumbo Lump Crab Egg Drop Soup as well as the Seared Duck with hoisin plum sauce and gailan broccoli.
MGM Grand: Pearl will offer a traditional Chinese menu in addition to a Dim Sum lunch Saturday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Grand Wok will feature a special menu with a variety of select delicacies Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 as well as Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17 while Shibuya also will offer special dishes Sunday, Feb. 10 – Sunday, Feb. 17.
Dragon Noodle at Monte Carlo: On Sunday, Feb. 10, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar will feature a $29 special three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Shark Reef Aquarium: Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium will celebrate the Year of the Snake by decorating the habitat of its Burmese Python with traditional Chinese décor. Native to Southeast Asia, the Burmese Python is one of the largest snakes in the world, reaching up to 20-feet in length and weighing up to 200 pounds. Flexible jaws allow them to consume prey up to five times as wide as their head. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, regular ticket prices at Shark Reef Aquarium are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages five through 12; children four and under are free. For more information, visit www.mandalaybay.com and www.sharkreef.com