It’s common for people to get as far away as possible from their respective cities over Spring Festival (the phenomena is called chunyun – aka the world’s largest annual human migration). But many – read: foreigners, lazy people, locals, the entire That’s Beijing editorial team – don’t. And that’s OK. If you are one of the lucky few staying behind, take heart because there’s still stuff happening, like: a hutong rooftop party, the Super Bowl, a Be Stupid party and much more.
So, check out our list of 8 Things To Do This CNY, all of which are surely better than the depressing act that is endlessly scrolling through pictures of your friends’ Euro trips or South-East Asia “so blessed” vacations.
1. New Year’s Brunch
End the year in style with Bistrot B’s buffet brunch. The family-friendly meal includes a variety of foods, from seafood to pastry, while prices are staggered to include a non-alcoholic option (RMB420), food and wine (RMB560), or buffet and champagne (RMB680). All children receive a 50 percent discount and all prices are subject to a 15 percent service charge.
> Sun Feb 7, midday-3pm; RMB420/560/680; Bistrot B (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Chinese New Year’s Eve Private Party
For one of the best fireworks view in town this CNY Eve, check out the party at The Orchid (brought to you in conjunction with Great Leap Brewing). Tickets are RMB300 and include free-flow beer, mulled wine and snacks.
3. Be Stupid CNY Eve Edition
Dada understands it’s OK to get a little silly on NYE. In fact, the folks at Dada encourage such frivolous behavior with a CNY Eve party featuring guests Be Stupid. The crew (DJs Anton, KaiZe, SunMeng, ShenYue and Fei26) will be playing house music all night – and morning.
> Sun Feb 7, 10pm-late; free; Dada
4. Chinese New Year Party
For a more family-oriented party, Zeit Berlin in offering an all-you-can-eat German buffet and all-you-can-drink German beer (and wine), so we’re guessing it’s going to be an all-out-fun-time. There is also going to be a guest DJ and “surprises.” Intrigued? Reserve your ticket/s by calling the number below.
> Sun Feb 7, 7pm-1am; RMB288 (children under 16, RMB120; children under 5, RMB30); Zeit Berlin (151 1016 0573)
5. Superbowl 50
The final showdown in the NFL has arrived. Check out our picks for Super Bowl festivities.
> Mon Feb 8, 7am kickoff; various locations
6. Beijing Temple Fair Tour
You can visit any Temple Fair around the city at leisure throughout the CNY period (there are loads, including Dongyue Miao, Longtan Park, Ditan Park and Hongluo) or you can take China Culture Center’s (CCC) Temple Fair Tour. The tour starts with a small talk at the CCC on the history of Beijing temple fairs, followed by a visit to the Ditan Altar. In the afternoon, members will visit the temple fair in the Grand View Garden, which is modeled on a scene depicted in Dream of the Red Chamber.
7. CNY with PuzzyStack and Friends
Continue your NY celebrations at Dada (and why not?) where bass and techno spun by PuzzyStack and friends are guaranteed to keep the party going.
> Mon Feb 8, 10pm-late; free; Dada
8. Lucky Hongbao
Blue Frog offers two special sets – one for two people and one for families – over Chinese New Year. Diners also receive one hongbao for every RMB350 spent per table (hongbao worth a RMB280/580 dining voucher, or a ‘New Year’s surprise’). Happy Chinese New Year, indeed.
> Feb 7-13, 10am-10pm; RMB188/358; Blue Frog