Love ain't dead, no siree. Here's our round up of Valentine's Day events happening around Guangzhou:
February 13-14: Danny Malando Dance Orchestra
Born Arie Maasland, Dutch musician A. Malando founded the Malando Dance Orchestra – a light music and dance orchestra – in 1937, and toured throughout the Netherlands before being invited to perform in Nazi Germany. Soon, A. Malando’s compositions grew immensely popular, especially between 1944-1960. The many tangos he composed are among the most played around the world. In 1999, Danny Malando, grandson of A. Malando, took charge of the orchestra. His pursuit of perfection and musical talent enabled Malando Dance Orchestra to grow into the charming and versatile orchestra it is today. On Valentine’s Day, Danny Malando and his orchestra will bring their incredible history and musical prowess to music fans in Guangzhou.
Cost: RMB199-720 for one, RMB366-1,314 for two
(We have a pair of tickets to this show to give away! Message our official WeChat account (Thats_PRD) before February 10 with the subject ‘Danny Malando’ and why you should win. Please include your full name and contact number.)
February 14: Be My Valentine at 2 on 988
Make it a lavish night of desire at Guangzhou’s high-end French hotel. Let the signature Absolut seafood buffet sweep you off your feet while taking a sip of French champagne in the romantic candlelit setting of 2 on 988. Excellent food, hand-selected wine and a classy environment will make it an evening to remember. Pour toujours et a jamais!
Cost: RMB548 plus 15 percent
February 14: Come Meet Me
The next Come Meet Me speed-dating session for English speakers will be held on Valentine’s Day at 7.30pm at Q Bar in The Westin, Guangzhou. Enjoy drinks, a wine tasting, raffle prizes and finger food, among other perks, while trying to find that special someone. To reserve a ticket or view upcoming event announcements, follow the official WeChat account: come-meet-me.
February 14: Dine in French Romance
Experience the charms of France this Valentine’s Day – strolling by La Seine, wandering about on the Champs Elysees, whispering sweet nothings in a cafe – at G Restaurant, which recreates that timeless romantic air for patrons in Guangzhou. Showcasing first-class seafood from France, the dinner features Fine de Claire oysters, well known for their richness in flavor, chunky Bretagne lobster, Alaskan king crab and New Zealand mutton steak. Reserve your seats early for an enchanting Valentine’s Day.
Cost: RMB2,016 plus 15 percent for two
February 14: Lovers’ Course
Bring your special someone to Limoni for a spectacular Valentine’s dinner, Italiano-style. Presenting a special lovers’ course that begins with roses and a welcome drink held in a charming glass, the eight-course dinner will feature full-bodied Italian food to be savored with a bottle of Perrier Jouet Blason Rose, all tailored for the most romantic night and a grateful glance from your loved one.
Cost: RMB1,888 for two
February 14: Seafood Market on Valentine’s Day
The Market Café has meticulously prepared a Valentine-themed seafood buffet to suit your date’s highest standards. Its elite culinary team will present a distinctive feast of the sea, featuring mouth-watering oysters from Australia and New Zealand as well as grilled Alaskan crab legs, rich in protein and micronutrients. Argentine red shrimp and a fine selection of sashimi will round out the delicious feast.
Cost: RMB828 plus 15 percent per person
February 14: Valentine’s Day at the Langham
Langham Place, Guangzhou has expanded its dining options to offer the ideal romantic ambiance this Valentine’s Day. Couples dining at any of the restaurants will be offered photos together holding a special note prepared by the hotel. In addition, Alfresco Restaurant will present a four-course candlelit dinner (RMB999 for two) decorated especially for the evening. The Open Kitchen will feature a floral-themed dinner (RMB398 per person), while Ming Court plans to create a grand seven-course dinner (RMB538 per person) with exclusive drinks. For more information, please call 8916 3388.
Cost: Check above
When: RMB398-538 per person
February 14: Four-Course Romantic Dinner at Varenna
Enjoy a romantic four-course dinner at Varenna French Restaurant and Craft Brewery with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Aside from a delicious meal, guests will be treated to candlelight, roses and romantic live music. The first 20 lovebirds to make reservations will receive a kinky gift pack!
When: All day
[Cover image by Brent Black, accessed via Fine Art America]