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February 11, 2010

Hello Tiger. . .

Known for being fierce and fearless with mystical power and highly attuned animalistic prowess, all while being stunningly gorgeous and ruler of the jungle. . . the tiger is the animal version of you, or so you thought! In actuality, according to the Chinese Zodiac, you’re on the cusp between a prosperous piggy and a docile dog! This year has already gotten off to a cracking start and with plenty of fiery celebrations and things to make you go grrr coming up, it may just bring out the tiger in all of us. . .

Thursday February 11 – On the Prowl
Let the Chinese New Year celebrations begin this Thursday, February 11th from 8pm onwards as Dim Sum & Then Some and W Hong Kong kick off the year of the tiger with a fierce party in their Living Room. Sumptuous Shanghai White cocktails, seductive La Perla showcases, daring blind chocolate tastings, and decadent Bliss mini-massages promise to 
entertain the eye and seduce the senses, while DJ Doze and bongo drummers will bring out your wild side and heat up the 
W’s dance floor like never before. (Complimentary Entry,

Friday, February 12 – Join the Pack
Get the whole family together for a Chinese New Year feast to remember at two Michelin-starred Shang Palace at the Kowloon Shangri-la. Renowned Chef Ip Chi Cheung, has specially created a 10-course Reunion set dinner menu, priced at HK$6,888 per table of 12 persons. Highlights include auspicious new year favourites such as Roast Whole Suckling Pig, Sautéed Scallops Sliced Conch with Pine Nuts, and Steamed Fresh Coral Trout. (Available Until Feb 28, 2733 8754)

Saturday, February 13 – A Wild Ride
This weekend, bring out the kid in you, and head over to Hong Kong Disneylandwhere the Lunar New Year festivities are already in full swing. Mickey will be leading a “Celebration in the Street” twice daily including Chinese drummers, magnificent golden dragons, giant puppets and lion dances while Minnie will present a beautiful fan dance and Goofy is set to make an appearance as Disney’s God of Fortune. After the show, head down the “Lucky Trail” to find your fortune or over to Sleeping Beauty’s castle where a “Jumping Jam” will feature acrobats and a troupe of world renowned drummers from Xi An, China. (1830 830,

Sunday, February 14 – Desert Oasis
To bring inner peace and balance to the new year, the Spa at Four Seasons has created the two-hour yin yang cleansing ritual, which begins with a moisturising body scrub using extracts oflotus and pomelo leaves (traditionally used during CNY) and essential oils of rosemary, bergamot and lavender. A full-body meridian massage follows, using an essential oil corresponding to your Chinesezodiac sign, along with hot poultices filled with chrysanthemum flowers, and cloves, to cleanse, balance and re-energise. The ritual concludes with an Oriental head massage to arouse the crown chakra, and ensure both mind and body are ready for the year ahead. (Available until March 31, HK$2,088, 3196 8900)

Monday, February 15 – A Tasty Treat
Begin the Year of the Tiger with a bang by watching the fireworks as you sip on cocktails at the Grand Hyatt’s new poolside Waterfall Bar. Afterward, head downstairs to One Harbour Road where Chef de Cuisine Li Shu Tim has created a seasonal menu featuring Chinese New Year delicacies with special names denoting luck and fortune. Highlights include Braised Whole Conpoy with Dried Oysters and Chinese Lettuce, which represents good fortune, Casserole of Assorted Vegetables and Fungi in Preserved Beancurd Sauce, which represents joy and happiness, and Deep-fried Crispy Turnip Dumpling with Air Dried Meat, which represents good profits from business. (CNY Set Menu, HK$888/person, 2584 7722)

Tuesday, February 16 – Flying Leap
Start the new year on high with The Peninsula Hong Kong’s once-in-a-lifetime “Fortune Flight” experience. Their famous helicopter will take you on a five-minute tour around Victoria Harbour, symbolic of going “full circle” and bringing infinite luck and prosperity to those who make the trip. After the ride, you can enjoy mid-morning tea to toast all of your good fortune at The Peninsula’s grand lobby. (Available until Feb 28, HK$888/person, 2315 3220)

Go get ‘em tiger! Happy Chinese New Year!

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