Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes the Year of the Snake with vibrant and alluring floral designs created rich in Chinese tradition. Guests are invited to celebrate now until March 3.
The Conservatory uses the early practice of Feng Shui in designing its tranquil temple. Feng Shui is an art that uses surroundings to invite balance and harmony as well as positive life energy. Every garden in the Chinese New Year display includes water which ensures a positive flow of energy. Pine, plum and bamboo – three friends of winter, are also visible in the display which symbolizes perseverance, modesty, and integrity, respectively.
Welcoming the guests is the 8-foot-tall, custom-made, Chinese, money tree located at the entrance of the Conservatory. The bold centerpiece has 384 large, gold-leafed coins are attached to the branches as mounds of Chinese’s traditional symbol for money- I-Ching coins, which surround the base of the luck tree. Two ding pots are located at the garden’s edge. The ancestral vessels serve as a protection against the bad fortune. Burn the incense sticks from its peak to experience good luck.
A friendly King Cobra snake, with a height of nine feet, is covered in 5,000 yellow and blue luminescent scales. The snake is perched above the mound of gold coins which protects the good fortune and wealth for the coming year. A waterfall nearby gushes over Taihu Rocks which is believed to encourage the circulation of ch’i, the natural energy.
Inspired by the old-style 15th century fishing vessels, a 35-foot Chinese Junk Boat is added in the spectacular display of the exhibit. The 3,000-pound boat with a 38-foot mast is created from cedar, teak and mahogany that float in a pond full of over 200 Koi fish.
All six “lucky” children are embellished with 1,800 flowers which include spider mums, carnations and Fuji mums. The children dance and play near the Chinese-style pavilion bringing life to the display with oversized fire crackers that are hang above. Bad spirits and negative energy will definitely have a hard time entering as a zig-zag bridge is extended from both sides of the serene pavilion.
Celebration will be complete with the presence of music. The Las Vegas-based Beijing Trio will enhance the lively Conservatory setting with its traditional pop and folk music every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The trio will use authentic Chinese instruments to accompany their performance.
According to legend, the cunning snake is the Asian zodiac’s sixth animal that came when the 12 animals met Buddha on Chinese New Year. People born in the Year of the Snake are likely to be refined, enigmatic, introspective and intuitive.
Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ Chinese New Year exhibit is on view until March 3, 2013 and will be open 24/7. The exhibit is complimentary to the public.
Fast Facts for the Chinese New Year Exhibit:
Display dates – Until March 3
Year of the Snake – February 10, 2013 to January 30, 2014
Over-all flowers on display – 22,000
Flowers include Chrysanthemums, Bromeliads and Cyclamens and
Over-all trees and shrubs on display – 660
Chinese Money Tree – Height: 18 feet
Width: 20 feet
Length: 10 feet
Number of coins: 384
Chinese Junk Boat – Length: 35 feet
King Cobra – Height: 9 feet
Six Chinese Children – 1,800 flowers adorn each children