Start off the Year of the Snake at one of these festive destinations—then venture out for citywide celebrations.
THE HOTEL: Bellagio Las Vegas
THE PACKAGE: From February 14 to February 17, you're invited to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse—China's equivalent to Camp David (and formerly the hotel's Tuscan Kitchen)—to dine on cuisine normally reserved for royalty, presidents, and prime ministers. Bellagio chef Hao Baoli—known for modernizing ancient menus from the library of the Forbidden City—leads a ten-course tasting menu, paired with wine and cognac, cooked and served by staff direct from the real Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, and presented on dishware from China. (Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased via Bellagio’s concierge at 866-906-7171). For something a little more casual, the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are also decked out in a New Year theme through March 3.
VENTURE OUT: Las Vegas holds its CNY in the Desert Festival from February 8 to February 10, with cultural performances, a fun run, a lantern festival, and other events taking place throughout the area all weekend. The Chinese American Chamber of Commerce follows suit with the Chinese New Year Celebration and Asian Food Festival on February 17, with dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, Japanese taiko drummers, acrobats, and traditional dances from China, Japan, Polynesia, Vietnam, and Korea.
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Photograph courtesy of The Bellagio