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A Las Vegas luxury hotel welcomes the Chinese New Year

Blessing by the gold-bars wall

A holy monk blessed Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, to wish the hotel Gong Hei Fat Choi for the start of the Chinese New Year, Saturday January 28th, 2017 – the good man, the Venerable Bhante Sujatha, is here seen in front of the hotel’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby wall of gold bars (measuring 51 feet in height, the display is formed of 1,516 bars, sadly not real).  He took time to bless, individually, all members of the Executive Committee and gave them string bracelets. Guests in the Sky Lobby visibly slowed down while he chanted. Designed by Adam Tihany, the hotel is part of the City Center right on The Strip. It opened December 2009 and it has 392-rooms, smallest 610 sq ft rising up to the 29,000 sq ft Mandarin Suite. Hotel GM Donald Bowman is one of those creative people who, for instance, last year inaugurated the nearby City Center T-Mobile Arena, which seats 20,000, with a dinner for 100 top travel advisors, at one table.