USA Chinese New Year, Strip-style By Sarah Feldberg / February 08, 2016 Share 1 The Venetian and Palazzo’s Monkey King sculpture. -- The relationship between Las Vegas and China is always visible on the Strip, if you know where to look. It's evident in restaurant menus and entertainment bookings, in the brands at high-end shopping areas and the omission of unlucky number 14 in some hotel towers. However, the ties between the city and its Chinese visitors are never more apparent than during Chinese New Year, celebrated this year on Feb. 8 with festivities that continue into the following weeks, when Las Vegas rolls out the proverbial red carpet with elaborate decor, concerts, cultural shows and holiday menus. The Venetian and Palazzo are marking the Year of the Monkey with an elaborate installation throughout the property that includes 78 handmade monkey sculptures, hanging lanterns and thousands of flowers and plants. The centerpiece of the displays is a 38-foot wishing tree with a 300-pound Monkey King sculpture seated before it, the animal's chest plate made up of 8,000 gold coins.The Linq promenade is holding Chinese New Year in the Desert, a multiday festival that lasts until Feb. 14 with cultural performances and nightly dragon dances by the Lohan School of Shaolin. Caesars Entertainment will hold lion dances at each of its nine resorts Feb. 12 to 17, the exhibitions starting at the entrance of each property and winding through the casinos where guests can watch or follow along. Yau Kung Moon, a martial arts and dance organization, will perform lion and dragon dances at the Aria, Bellagio and MGM Grand, while the Bellagio's beloved Conservatory is transformed for the holiday into a monkey habitat complete with a family of sculpted monkeys, a Chinese money tree, topiaries of children and a pond filled with live koi. Finally, restaurants up and down the Strip are serving Chinese New Year menus, like Hakkasan's celebration, which includes wok-fried lobster in spicy truffle sauce and a cocktail inspired by the monkey's ninth position on the zodiac. Guests are invited to take part in the Chinese wishing tree tradition, writing their hopes for the coming year on golden ribbons that will hang inside the MGM Grand restaurant.Taken as a whole, the celebrations aren't simply an excuse to redecorate or charge a little extra for a fancy meal. They're a representation of the enduring relationship between Chinese visitors and the Las Vegas Strip.