Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is celebrating the Chinese New Year - The Year of the Pig with a captivating Lunar New Year display now through March 9. Designed to bring prosperity and good fortune to all who walk through it, the gardens include 32,000 flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers, red and gold hues and much more.
Designed by Ed Libby, Bellagio’s horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau, the creation has many meaningful features honoring The Year of the Pig. The pig is the 12th animal in the Asian zodiac and serves as a symbol of wealth, honesty and prosperity. Guests will see pigs throughout the gardens including four golden pigs upon entrance in the East Garden. As guests enter there are 20-foot jade medallions, which are regarded as one of the most valuable and precious stones in Asian culture. They signify benevolence, righteousness, wisdom, bravery, honesty and cleanliness.
At the center of the Conservatory is a family of pigs surrounded by nature. Nine piglets frolic through the fields of fruit and corn. Two 18-foot cherry blossom trees stand on both sides of the garden to symbolize love and passion. Two sacred ding pots burn incense to protect against bad fortune.
The landmarks of Macau, including the Golden Lotus sculpture are depicted in the North Bed. The display also features the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the world’s longest sea crossing connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. At the left and right of the bed, a representation of the traditional Lunar New Year lion dance brings good luck as children dressed in floral regalia throughout the Conservatory.
In the South Garden marvel at a 32-foot-tall replica of the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, a Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, China. It is guarded by two Chinese Fu Dogs. The gardens are brightened by giant red lanterns strung overhead. Meanwhile, Koi fish bring tranquility as they swim in a pond below. Children dance on both sides of the bed, holding lanterns and fire crackers in celebration of their blessings of the past year and the coming year.
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.