Tiger Hits the Bellagio!

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No, no. We’re not talking about that Tiger. Although we wouldn’t put it past the unfaithful golfer to show up in Vegas. We’re referring to the simply stunning exhibit dedicated to the 2010 Chinese New Year at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

The display is absolutely roaring. All Feng Shui-ed up, they’ve decked out the place with a majestic tiger of botanicals, a traditional Chinese garden with Taihu rocks, giant pandas and a pond of Koi as a gorgeous dedication to the Chinese celebration, which falls on February 14. Legend has it the third animal in the Chinese zodiac, the tiger, serves as a symbol of luck and bravery. The swimming Koi serves as a symbol fortune.

Just steps away from the tiger stands an 18-foot-tall feline ambassador, said to be the Chinese God of Prosperity. It is positions around stands around gold-leafed I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese money symbol. Cha ching!

Widely recognized as the strongest symbol of good fortune and great luck in the New Year, the God of Prosperity is flanked by two Ming Dynasty-styled dings, ancestral vessels that protect against bad fortune. Also included is a trio of 6-foot-tall giant pandas covered in more than 9,000 living plants.

Sound like the type of positive energy you’d like to be around? Then head over to the conservatory. The exhibit will be on display until February 28.

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