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Five reasons to celebrate Lucky Dragon’s first anniversary

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On December 3, Lucky Dragon will celebrate one year on the northern end of the tourist corridor. Still haven’t been? Here are five reasons to visit this ruby-colored gem, stat.

The food. From Phoenix to Pearl Ocean to Bao Now, the restaurant program at Lucky Dragon excels at modern Chinese cuisine. Sample the smoked Chilean seabass or abalone at Phoenix, and don’t miss the holiday dim sum brunch from December 22-25. Speaking of dim sum, Pearl Ocean serves up some of the city’s most affordable traditional and contemporary Chinese dishes—like $3 BBQ pork buns and $5 shrimp dumplings—while Bao Now’s 24-hour menu features dim sum, soup, rice, noodles, congee, boba and more.

Cha Garden. Lucky Dragon’s hotel lobby and pool, otherwise known as Cha Garden, specializes in its memorable tea service, featuring an extensive list of teas sourced from farms throughout Asia. Enjoy 50 percent off tea from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, and jazz music plus a special tasting menu Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Pagoda Bar. Take in Lucky Dragon’s luxurious ambiance—a giant gold dragon chandelier hangs above the bar—and indulge in one of the Pagoda’s many happy hours: 3-7 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight and 4 a.m.-10 a.m. It’s one of the best pre- or post-party hangs in town.

Hot Manila Nights. Every Friday in December, experience a bustling night market with live music, Filipino bites and drink specials.

Free parking. LD still honors this fast-disappearing Vegas amenity.

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