The Ultimate Guangzhou CNY 2017 Guide

By That's PRD, January 25, 2017

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For those of us not fortunate enough to be escaping to a warm Southeast Asian beach this Chinese New Year, there are a number of events happening around Guangzhou to help you get into the Spring Fest spirit. 

To help you make the most of Chinese New Year in Guangzhou, we've compiled a list of the best culinary and cultural events happening across the city. Enjoy!

To Taste

Dong Yuan Ge Chaozhou Cuisine


Crafted by the new head chef of Dong Yuan Ge restaurant in DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou, the latest menu features a special series of Chaozhao dishes. Try pan-fried geoduck, signature pan-fried cod fish prepared with traditional cooking techniques, the healthy and temptingly sweet taro paste with pumpkin and many more delicacies.

Ongoing, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. Dong Yuan Ge

I by Inagiku


Chefs at I By Inagiku are once again showing their creativity and conjuring up a stunning, delectable collection designed for the most discerning palates and featuring the finest of healthy ingredients. I by Inagiku specializes in Kaiseki cuisine and utilizes seasonal, fresh ingredients to create artistically presented Japanese specialties on two different menus.

All week Feb 7-22, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm; RMB1,388 for a table of 3 (price subject to 10 percent service charge and 6 percent tax). I by Inagiku

Lai Wan Market


Poon Choi, literally 'basin dish,' is a traditional Cantonese dish that holds a variety of ingredients in a large wooden, metal or porcelain basin. Want to give it a try? Head to Lai Wan Market at the Garden Hotel this month to taste this traditional fare.

Ongoing; RMB788 for 4-6 people, RMB1,188 for 8-10 people, price subject to 10 percent service fee and taxes. Please contact (189 2625 8300) or (189 2950 8569) to reserve your table. Lai Wan Market



Andrea Zamboni, executive chef at Limoni, boasts 16 years of work experience in Michelin-star restaurants around the world. During Spring Festival, a time of family reunion, Chef Zamboni will cater to all your family members’ tastes with an eight-course dinner that features traditionally roasted eggplant, garlic and tomato focaccia, pork sirloin with plum sauce and tiramisu. 

Until Feb 5; RMB228 for lunch (11.30am-2pm), RMB288 for dinner (6-10pm). Limoni

Lotus Pond 


Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the Garden Hotel’s traditional New Year goodies!

Daily ongoing, 9am-8pm. Lotus Pond

The Market Café


Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year’s Eve at one of the best buffet restaurants in town. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat seafood, international delicacies, as well as the traditional Chinese specialties from our eight live cooking stations. Begin the Year of the Rooster with a diversity of lip-smacking chicken dishes, including roasted chicken, marinated chicken with soy sauce, spiced chicken Sichuan style, steamed chicken with chili sauce, kung pao chicken, baked salted chicken with ginger, salty and baked chicken, plain boiled chicken and many more other varieties. 

Jan 27; RMB688 per person, including free flow soft drinks (price subject to 15 percent service charge and tax). The Market Café.

Pearl Lounge


Drawing inspiration from Cantonese cuisines, pastry chefs at the Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou have fashioned a Spring Festival-themed afternoon tea for foodies. Cantonese delicacies come in a high-tea presentation, which is a miniature of “East meets West.” This elaborately prepared, three-tier afternoon tea set includes finger food-sized roast chicken, fried wontons, kumquat whiskey, brandy foie gras and other choice foods, which are coupled with desserts like pineapples and coconuts. 

Until Jan 31; RMB268 for one person, RMB388 for two persons. Pearl Lounge

Yan Yu


A luxurious, authentic menu has been created by Yanyu’s Executive Chef Liu to celebrate the CNY. Lip-smacking treats like lobster in cheese and soup, abalone cooked with oyster sauce and grouper in scallion oil are prepared and presented with a contemporary twist. Call 6628 6628 to reserve your table. 

Until Feb 11; RMB RMB3,888 for a table of 6, RMB 6,888 for a table of 10. Yan Yu

To Do

Geno DeVille Magic Show


Geno DeVille is a highly sought-after comedy magician living in China, performing in the Middle Kingdom for nearly 10 years. He is famous for performing completely in Chinese during his magic shows. Before moving to Asia, his accolades include performing on numerous occasions for the UK royal family, as well as many top international companies such as British Airways, Microsoft, IBM and Virgin Atlantic. Bring your little ones to Zhengjia Theatre in Grandview Mall for a fun-filled CNY. 

Jan 30-31, 3.30pm; RMB88-288. Zhengjia Theatre

Grandview Mall Fair


It’s the Year of the Rooster and Grandview Mall invites artisans of intangible cultural heritage, folk arts and other crafts to showcase their work in a 15-day fair. With a theme of Cantonese and Chinese culture, the fair will include sugar dolls, sugar paintings, paper cuttings, shadow puppetry and other creative crafts. It’s a great chance to check out traditional Chinese artwork and purchase a gift or two.

Daily Feb 1-14, 10am-9.30pm; free entry. Grandview Mall

Music and Lantern Show


Come to Huacheng Square and Haixinsha Island for this year’s music and lantern show during CNY. This 17-day festivity, starting from January 24, will feature one show every half an hour and will utilize lighting, lasers and video while profiling Lingnan music.

Jan 24-Feb 11, 7-10.30pm. Huacheng Square and Haixinsha Island

Click here for more flower market events in Guangzhou.

To find out what bars, restaurants and cafes are staying open in Guangzhou over Chinese New Year, see our holiday F&B guide. For our staycation guide, click here.

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