The Venetian(R) and The Palazzo(R) Celebrate the Year of the

The Venetian(R) and The Palazzo(R) Celebrate the Year of the Snake
With Chinese New Year Activities and Displays 
Massive Art Installation, Created by 77 Worldwide Artists, Features
193,600 Flowers 
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 01/22/13 --  
Tweet: Celebrate the Year of the Snake at @PalazzoVegas with
animated art installation, a Dragon and Fan Dance, Red Envelopes, &
more! #CNYPalazzo 
To commemorate Chinese New Year 2013, The Venetian and The Palazzo
are celebrating the Year of the Snake in a number of extravagant
ways. Through Feb. 25, guests will be greeted with opulent
holiday-inspired art and decor, restaurant offerings, and incentive
cards. A ceremonial dragon dance will officially kick off Chinese New
Year 2013 on Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m. 
A highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations, the dragon dance, is
said to bring good luck and prosperity for the new year. On Saturday,
Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m., this ceremonial dragon dance will begin with an
eye painting ceremony at The Venetian porte cochere. The dragon dance
will wind its way through The Venetian lobby and casino before
stopping in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, then finding its way
through The Palazzo casino, lobby, and ending at The Palazzo porte
cochere. This exciting event features firecrackers, and a parade of
dancers and drummers dressed in authentic clothing. 
To commemorate the Year of the Snake, the resort's floral and
horticulture department worked with a team of 77 artists and artisans
from around the world, and consulted with a Feng Shui master, to
produce the massive animated art installation. This colossal
structure towers nearly 40 feet above The Waterfall & Atrium Gardens
of The Palazzo, and features a giant peach tree and animated snake.  
"Chinese New Year is such a special event to our guests, that
constructing and designing something that's not only authentic, but
in grand Las Vegas fashion was important," said Dana Beatty, director
of floral and horticulture for The Venetian and The Palazzo. "We took
into account specifics to bring luck in 2013, such as length, color,
and gender of the snake, but made it a spectacle our guests will
never forget." 
The art installation features Sophie Chow, a whimsical blue snake
twisted throughout a giant peach tree. She is 98-feet long, with
animated features including blinking eyes, a tongue that moves in and
out, and a head that moves side to side. Her face is intentionally
juvenile to pay tribute to the birth of a new year. 
Sophie's home is a giant peach tree that towers over the atrium at
38-feet tall and 28-feet wide. There are 8,800 blossom vines on the
tree, adorned with approximately 193,600 flowers. Hung throughout the
tree are 28 custom dancing lanterns. Also, traditional I Ching coins,
representing an abundance of wealth, sit amidst the snake and Lalique
statues of The Palazzo. According to the Feng Shui master, it is
recommended that guests walk clockwise around the tree and snake
display three times to bring blessings of Heaven, Earth, and Mankind
upon them. 
The west garden is complete with rocks, plants, and metals,
representing earth elements and the east garden embodies water to
represent Yin and Yang, the ancient Chinese philosophy of polar
opposites being interconnected and interdependent. 
The gardens and entrances to both resorts are adorned with fresh
bamboo, citrus trees, Coleus, maidenhair ferns, and peachy pink
Calandivas to accent the color of the feature tree. Suspended from
the Atrium ceilings are six-feet-tall hand-loomed brocade silk and
jade gold and red lanterns, which signify the lives of those around
to always be bright. 
The Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at The Palazzo are
celebrating Chinese New Year by offering incentive cards and special
retailer merchandise to guests. From Thursday, Feb. 7 through Sunday,
Feb. 10, incentive cards will be distributed in the Waterfall &
Atrium Gardens in The Palazzo. More than 40 signature retailers,
including Fendi, Dooney & Burke, and Dior Beauty, have provided
incentives or special merchandise that are only available during the
Chinese New Year celebration. 
To add to the festivities, a traditional Chinese fan dance will be
held on Sunday, Feb 10, at 1:00 p.m. in the Chloe rotunda inside The
Shoppes at The Palazzo. During and after the fan dance, more than 500
red envelopes will be distributed to guests. The envelopes will be
filled with a prize -- anything from a gift card to a chocolate gold
coin. Red envelopes are traditionally handed out during Chinese New
Year and symbolize happiness and wealth. 
Chef Simon To of The Palazzo's Zine Noodles Dim Sum has created a
special limited-time menu to celebrate Chinese New Year.  
Guests will find a variety of authentic dishes on the special menu
including Firecracker Manila Clams, infused with Chinese white wine,
fish paste, and spicy roasted pepper; and Winner's Daily Soup, which
is a must-have for all casino players. 
The Palazzo's Fusion Bar, will offer the Jaina cocktail. This
cocktail was created by Fusion Bar mixologists Wendy Verdel-Hodges
and Cynthya Halog, who were inspired by a number of exotic
ingredients after walking through an Asian market one night. The
Jaina cocktail, served in a martini glass, mixes Lemon Grass infused
G Saki, Gogi Bery infused Absolut vodka, lotus root syrup, lemon
juice, Chinese bitters, and Dragon fruit, which was the inspiration
for the cocktail's name. The different infusions within the cocktail
evoke the harmony between the earth and the fruit. The Jaina cocktail
is only available at The Fusion Lounge in The Palazzo throughout
Chinese New Year. 
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The entire installation is a unique creation that took 10 months to
design, build, break-down, deliver and rebuild/install. 
Both the tree and the snake are the product of 77 artists and
artisans from all over the world -- from Prague, Czech Republic, to
Tustin, California.  
The tree is 38-feet tall x 28-feet wide. 
The tree is adorned with 8,800 blossom vines (and approximately
193,600 flowers). 
There are 28 custom dancing lanterns. Each lantern has 6
planes/surfaces with 8 windows and 5 tassels. 
The snake is nick-named Sophie Chow. Sophie is for her Italian home
at The Palazzo and Chow is for her Chinese New Year reference. Since
2013 is a female gender year, she is also known as Yin. 
The snake is 98-feet long and has blue skin to represent water, the
element of the year. Her face is intentionally juvenile paying
tribute to the birth of a new year. 
The snake's head moves from side to side, her tongue moves in and
out, and she blinks. 
Media Contacts: 
 Keith Salwoski 
 The Venetian | The Palazzo 
Elaine Chaivarlis 
 The Venetian | The Palazzo 
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