LAS VEGAS -- A new report ranks Las Vegas among the top 10 places to celebrate Chinese New Year. It officially begins Monday but Las Vegas is already rolling out the red carpet to roar in the Year of the Dragon.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's international sales department has been working closely with tour operators to bring more Chinese tourists from mainland China. Casinos along the Strip are displaying elaborate attractions to welcome the visitors.
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has five hand painted dragons with more than 20,000 scales each. They also have more than 22,000 colorful flowers.
The Palazzo will display a 128-foot fire-breathing dragon. And the atriums at the Wynn will have about 8,000 red and yellow mums, silk dragons and lots of sculptures.
Chinese visitor Hai Ngeyen wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year in Las Vegas with his wife because there is so much entertainment and they can see the Grand Canyon.
One of the new events this year is Dragon in the Desert which takes place on Fremont Street. It includes a week of food, festivals, and live music.
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