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January 22, 2009

It’s The Year of the Ox!

Chinese New Year is upon us and young, old, married or single, there’s not a diva among us whose eyes don’t light up at the sight of the beautiful Lai See packets that abound. Giving them out feels almost as good as receiving them and you can’t help loving a tradition that leaves no room for gift giving error (sorry, but we’ve received one too many ugly Christmas sweaters!). Well, if you thought last year’s CNY festivities were fun, start mixing your lotus paste to perfection and doing your dragon dance in double-time, cause Chinese New Year just got even better! This year, Lai See’s just the start of it, there are feasts, festivities and fireworks to savour, so hold on to your horns and enjoy the ride. . .

Where better to show off your new Chinese New Year ensemble than on SEVVA’s stunning terrace. Enjoy a glass of Champagne and deluxe canapés and indulge in Lunar New Year surprises as you take in the jaw-dropping views. With you looking so sizzling, we know sparks will be flying long before the fireworks begin! (27 January, HK$500 + 10% pp, 2537 1388)

The Peninsula
Whether you’re looking for Fortune, Wealth or Longevity this Chinese New Year, Spring Moon at The Peninsula is here to fulfill your every wish. Their delectable spring menus entitled Fortune (HK$8,888), Wealth (HK$10,888) and Longevity (HK$13,888) feature an array of traditional Lunar New Year favourites including Braised Sliced Abalone, Supreme Shark’s Fin Soup and Sautéed Lobster in XO Chilli Sauce for parties of up to 10 people. The traditional gourmet celebrations will continue with a Chinese Orchestra performing at Spring Moon during lunch and dinner on 26 and 27 January. (2315 3160)

If you’re after front row seats for the fireworks, you can’t get much closer than being perched directly over the harbour. At Watermark in the Star Ferry pier, you can take in all the action with their Spectacular Fireworks Dinner, a 5-course meal filled with gastronomic delights and sumptuous seafood favourites, to ensure you start your New Year with a bang. (27 January, HK$788, 2167 7251)

Mandarin Oriental
Soak up the atmosphere of Chinese New Year at the Mandarin Oriental lobby where there will be entertainment between 3 – 5pm on all three days of the holiday: the 26th will feature a caricaturist, the 27th the creation of the famous “dragon beard” candy, and the 28th a calligrapher writing lucky messages on chopsticks. Plus, on the 27th, special fireworks dinners will be available in all of the hotel’s restaurants, or you can enjoy the views and toast to the New Year with delectable cocktails and champagne at M Bar. (HK$208 + 10% pp including a glass of champagne, 2522 0111)

If you didn’t make it back to the alleyways of the capital for the holiday, our own Hutong offers the next best thing. Tuck into a Chinese New Year feast featuring wok-fried tiger prawns with chili sauce, pork cheek stuffed with minced beef, signature crispy de-boned lamb ribs and lots of other Northern Chinese delights, sure to start your new year on a fiery note! (3428 8342)

Wishing you a happy, prosperous and delightful Year of the Ox!

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