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Palazzo Has A Blue Snake You Really Need To See

January 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

The Year of the Snake continues to impress. We've already covered the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Now, we shift our attention to the Waterfall Atrium at the Palazzo. Last year’s display brought us a fire-breathing dragon and a mob scene on unveiling day with crowds packed ten-deep to see the first burst of flames. This year, the tech is more subtle, but proving quite a hit. A 98-foot blue snake lounging in a peach tree will stare at you, wink and stick out his tongue. All in the name of good fortune.

The peach tree features 193,600 flowers and stands 38 feet tall. It looks amazing. Over by the waterfall, gold and red lanterns hang down and I Ching coins representing wealth are married to the landscape. The effect, while not as vast as at Bellagio, is none the less a tremendous eye-catcher.

The Palazzo has created a behind-the-scenes video without revealing the visual surprises when you visit. Okay. They reveal one big surprise. The 98-foot blue snake is named Sophie Chow. Bet you didn’t see that coming.

New Year festivities kick off properly on Saturday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m. when a ceremonial dragon dance will wind its way through the Venetian to this Atrium. There will be firecrackers, a parade of dancers and drummers. It was a noisy, fun sight last year.

Palazzo informs us that "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." We didn't know that ahead of time so missed out on that good stuff at the end. We hope we earn a karmic rain-check by tipping you off on the correct way to pay a visit.

The display is open all day, every day, until February 25th.

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