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Vegas hotels and Chinese New Year

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Sin City's newest megaresort, The Palazzo, got a red carpet welcome over the weekend.

It's a sign of more to come, with huge projects like MGM Mirage's CityCenter and the Wynn's newest tower coming down the pike.

The city already has an abundance of hotels and resorts. What's your favorite? Tell me -- and tell me why -- and you could win a copy of Zagat's Las Vegas guide, 2008.

It's no secret that Chinese tourists can't get enough of Vegas. They mean big business to the city's casinos and resorts, so it's little surprise that Chinese New Year gets a lot of attention in that desert town.

In fact, a lot of Vegas' high-roller suites are designed with the help of Feng Shui specialists to appeal to Asian gamblers, according to And did you know the Wynn Las Vegas doesn't include floors 40-49 because 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese culture? has pulled together a few of the Chinese New Year events happening in Vegas for the celebration, which kicks off Feb. 7 and lasts more than two weeks.

Here's a sampling:

From Jan. 13-March 15, the Bellagio Conservatory is featuring a sculpted topiary in honor of the Year of the Rat and other cool attractions.

Feb. 9-10 is the Chinese New Year Mini Baccarat Tournament at the Las Vegas Hilton, which will host a traditional Dragon Dance too.

The Venetian will host a free public Eye Ceremony and Dragon Dance on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the lobby.

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Yes, it is true that Chinese inbound tourists coming to the U.S. place Las Vegas among favorite destinations, with New York.
On Nov, 6th, 2009, there will be in NYC a very interesting professional seminar about "How to allure affluent Chinese inbound tourists to the U.S." Las Vegas hospitality industry professionals are welcome at this event. More informations at

yes, i hearn sin city has nice accomodations. and my cousin highly recommended that to me.

My wife and I agree: our favorite is the Flamingo. We have tried larger and we have tried newer and we have tried bigger, but there is something to say for old-line tradition, even in the land of Las Vegas. The center-strip location is convenient, the immediate local area is loaded with things to do, the food is great, and we love the flamingos in the courtyard. And you can't get any more traditional than the Bugsy-Siegel owned beginning of the fabulous strip!

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