Where to Enjoy Spring Festival in Beijing 2019

By That's Beijing, January 30, 2019

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Staying in town over the Chinese New Year holiday and wondering how to celebrate? Sure, tons of places will be closed, but there are still plenty of CNY feasts, parties and events going on to keep you fed and entertained. Happy New Year everyone! 

CNY Beer Deals @ Arrow Factory

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Arrow Factory Brewing! From now until February 19 they've got a super duper deal on their 24-bottle cases of Clone Easy Ale, Blonde on Blonde Belgian Ale, and Seeing Double IPA. Go smaller with their 6-bottle packs: choose six of your favourite beer or mix and match. Treat yourself to their The Final Bell Barley Wine, which comes in a special engraved Arrow Factory wooden case and is the perfect CNY gift for any beer enthusiast. 

Through Tue Feb 19; Arrow Factory Brewing, see event listing.

Hongbaos & Hamburgers @ Side Street

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Side Street is staying open for Chinese New Year and bringing you a special deal throughout the holiday: buy any burger and get a hongbao! You can score beer, more burgers and bar tab discounts. Now that's a happy Spring Festival.

Daily,1pm-2am; Side Street, see event listing.

CNY Signature Dishes @ New World Beijing Hotel

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For this coming Chinese New Year, the kitchen of New World Beijing Hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant, 8 Qi Nian, is offering a month of creative dishes with traditional significance to convey their best wishes for the Year of the Pig. The restaurant’s Chef Yuen has combined age-old Chinese recipes with modern preparations and the freshest seasonal ingredients to create new signature dishes such as the traditional CNY favorite Waang Coi Zau Sau, made with braised pigs trotter with lotus root and deep-fried chicken with fermented bean curd sauce, one of the chef's secret recipes. As always, no CNY celebration is complete without dumplings, which are another highlight on the 8 Qi Nian menu. 

Through February; 8 Qi Nian @ New World Beijing Hotel, see event listing.

Jan 30-Feb 4: CNY Dinner @ Cang Yue

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Usher in the New Year with an extravagant feast and celebration at Cang Yue. For China's most important occasion, the outstanding Chinese restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing hotel is offering you the choice between three different set dinner meals. Each one contains some of the restaurant signature dishes, from both the Northern and the Southern culinary traditions, prepared with authentic ingredients. Try their eel roll with egg yolk, or their signature soups and, of course, their special jiaozi platter.

Wed Jan 30-Mon Feb 4, 5.30-10pm; RMB888, RMB1088, RMB1688; Cang Yue @ Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing, see event listing

Feb 1-11: Holiday Hongbao @ Jing-A

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The staff at Jing-A is taking a little break during this Chinese New Year, and they deserve it! Don't worry though, the beloved brewpub will remain open during the CNY week, just with adjusted hours. For devotees who'll be hanging out at Jing-A during this Chinese New Year, the brewery has a special surprise. For every bill exceeding RMB150, they'll hand out holiday hongbaos for deals such as a buy-one-get-one for all beers, cocktails, burgers and more. To celebrate the Year of the Pig, Jing-A is also introducing two new additions to their selection of drafts: The Lucky 8 Lager made with citrusy pomelo and the Cherry Ye, a small-batch sour ale. 

Fri Feb 1-Mon Feb 11; Jing-A Brewpub, see event listing.

CNY Reunion Dinner & Staycation @ The Opposite House

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This Spring Festival, The Opposite House is not holding back on celebrating. While the traditional lion dance will be performed in the lobby at 11am on February 14, you can book a top-class reunion dinner at the multi award-winning Jing Yaa Tang throughout the holiday. The lush banquet will feature delicacies like the Beijing smoked pork knuckle, chicken with shrimp paste and almond chips and a baijiu-inspired cocktail – the Imperial Salute. Also available through February 17 is a special staycation package, that will allow you to enjoy a dining credit of RMB388 during your stay to spend on roast Peking duck or on a light and healthy breakfast at the Village Café (available for bookings at rates above RMB1588). 

Through February 17; RMB2888 (4-6 people), RMB5388 (8-10 people); The Opposite House, see event listing.

CNY Lunch, Dinner & Staycation @ EAST

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Feast! They have you covered for a festive CNY lunch or dinner with special mains like stacked fluffy pancakes, eggs benedict, roasted half baby chicken, half lobster & prawn pasta and grilled prime rib. Pair it all with free-flow soft drinks, beer and house wine, along with specially crafted starters, desserts and more. After getting stuffed, treat your family and friends to a staycation at EAST and enjoy special holiday welcome amenities upon check in plus a lunch or dinner semi-buffet at Feast for two.

Lunch Fri Feb 1-Sun Feb 10, dinner Sat Feb 2-Sun Feb 10; RMB268 (CNY lunch), RMB298 (CNY dinner), RMB1228 (staycation package); Feast @ EAST, see event listing.

Feb 2: Dumpling Making Party

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Dumplings, or jiaozi, are the quintessential Chinese New Year delicacy and are traditionally prepared together with all the members of one's family. If you want to learn more about this tradition, spend CNY like a local, or, well, just make a bunch of new friends that also happen to be in town during the holidays, join The Hutong team at their 4th annual Chinese New Year Dumpling Party. The price includes a basic dumpling-making lesson, all-you-can-eat dumplings, beer and mulled wine, and even a lucky draw.

Sat Feb 2, 5-8pm; RMB200, RMB180 (members); The Hutong, see event listing.

Feb 4: CNY Hot Pot Feast @ The Brickyard

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The Brickyard will host a Chinese New Year party featuring folk music, jiaozi making, a hot pot feast, and firecrackers ready to take off at midnight. If, for the occasion, you want to up your game, don't miss out on their special package including private transfers from and to Beijing for two, breakfast for two in the Lodge and more. Plus, the privilege to soak in views of the Great Wall while relaxing in a jacuzzi.

Mon Feb 4, 8pm; RMB198 (hot pot feast), RMB2688 (special package); The Brickyard at Mutianyu, see event listing.

Feb 4: GLB X The Orchid Hotel's CNY Eve Party

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Great Leap Brewing is partnering up with The Orchid Hotel to throw a Chinese New Year’s Eve party. Held at the Orchid Hotel, the dinner with include Great Leap Brewing beer, mulled wine, finger food from the Orchid Hotel’s in-house Mediterranean restaurant, Toast, as well as their newest dim-sum project – Furongji. With treats like vegetarian curry fried samosas, chicken bao and hummus with pita and vegetables, there will be something for everyone here. Beers will be the main attraction, of course, with Great Leap hits like the beloved Honey Ma Gold and their new Little General IPA.

Mon Feb 4, 8pm-late; RMB288 (advance), RMB300 (door); The Orchid, see event listing.

Feb 4: CNY Eve Dinner @ Huang Ting

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Sharing the dinner table with loved ones on Chinese New Year’s Eve is the most eagerly anticipated event of the year. On Monday night, families can create treasured moments together and welcome new beginnings with a spectacular seven-course banquet at Huang Ting. Chinese Master Chef Simon Leung has reimagined timeless Spring Festival dishes, which include signature offerings such as Australian beef tenderloin and Mandarin fish, paired with white wine, beer and other beverages. Take home a piece of The Peninsula Hotel with luxurious Chinese New Year Hampers, brimming with auspicious seasonal delicacies, such as Spring Festival pudding, butter rolls and fresh walnuts. These festive gifts are now available at The Peninsula Boutique through February 3. 

Mon Feb 4, 6pm; RMB688/person, RMB1588-3988 (CNY hampers); Huang Ting @ The Peninsula Hotel, see event listing.

Feb 4-9: CNY Party @ Destination

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Destination will stay open throughout the holiday, bringing you a week of nonstop dancing and live DJs. Celebrate with free entry on Chinese New Year's Eve!

Mon Feb 4-Sat Feb 9, 8pm-late; RMB80 (free entry on Feb 4); Destination, see event listing.

Feb 4-10: CNY Promotions @ Q Mex

During Chinese New Year, Q Mex is bringing you a week of gifts! Spend RMB500 at any of their locations during the holiday week and score one spin on their wheel of fortune for your chance to win some big prizes. They've also put together special meal sets for Spring Festival at Q Mex Bar & Grill and happy hour deals at Q Mex Taqueria like half off tacos and margaritas.

Mon Feb 4-Sun Feb 10; set menus RMB288/two people, RMB398/three to four people; Q Mex Bar & Grill and Q Mex Taqueria.

Feb 4-19: CNY Celebrations @ Rosewood Beijing

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Ring in the Year of the Pig with the Rosewood Beijing as they launch a culinary journey, featuring exquisite cuisine of delicious delights that will surely exceed expectations. Rosewood Beijing sincerely invites guests to celebrate the holiday in style, all while enjoying delicious Chinese delicacies with their loved ones.

Mon Feb 4-Tue Feb 19; Rosewood Beijing, see event listing.

Feb 9: My Jiaozi Party @ Zarah

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Zarah is organizing a big reunion dinner with communal cooking tables where you can learn the art of dumpling making. Mix and match the ingredients from the extensive buffet selection to create your own dumplings the way you like them. And here comes the best part: from 6pm – 9pm you can cook and eat as many dumplings as you like. The dinner buffet will also include free-flow of various, delicious Chinese cold dishes perfectly matching your self-made dumplings. After you're full, DJs will continue to entertain with live performances, while you can dance and socialize with all the other dumpling-makers until late! Reservations are required.

Sat Feb 9, 6-9pm; RMB128/person, RMB88/children between 6-12 years old; Zarah, see event listing.

Feb 12: Dumpling Making Class

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There's nothing better to bring the family together than preparing a special meal together. And isn't that what Chinese New Year is really all about? Take a chance to get creative and share a Chinese family tradition with your loved ones at Domain's dumpling making class. All little chefs will get a complimentary glass of juice. Happy Year of the Pig!

Tue Feb 12, 2pm; RMB186 (includes complimentary glass of juice); Domain @ EAST, see event listing.

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