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February 7, 2008

The Rat Pack

The year of the Rat starts today, and although our rodent friends may not be the most glamorous animals in the Chinese Zodiac, you’ll be surprised to find that they do have some very endearing characteristics.  Full of charm, true sentimentalists, adored by family and friends, with supreme intellect and an appetite for new adventures, the Rats have got it goin’ on!  If you’re still skeptical, we’ll have you know that famous Rats include royalty, literary geniuses, Broadway composers and silver screen icons.  This Chinese New Year, let’s celebrate in the signature style of these A-List Rats…it’s time to join The Rat Pack!

“Singing in the Rain Rat” – Gene Kelly
Born: 1912
It might be raining outside, but take a cue from Gene Kelly and sing along at the annual Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade this evening at 8pm in TST.  This is such a mesmerizing parade that it even made the Lonely Planet Bluelist as one of the world’s most fascinating attractions and celebrations. If you’re a real siren, it’s time to put on the red light and head to The Venetian Macau to see The Police Live in Concert tonight.  Watch Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers in action as they reprise their classic hits like Roxanne, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic and Every Breath You Take.

“A Midsummer Night’s Rat” – William Shakespeare
Born: 1564
With all his tales of love, ol’ Willy never dreamed up fireworks like these!  On Friday, February 8, watch as Hong Kong’s skyline is illuminated with a magnificent fireworks display. Enjoy a 5-course gourmet dinner with a view at sleek new harbourside spot Watermark, located in the Star Ferry Pier (2167 7251, HK$788/adults, HK$168/children), or get your pie in the sky with a divine 5-course menu including oysters, lobster and prime US beef at the Sheraton’s Sky Lounge (2369 1111, HK$918). At MO Bar your evening will start at 6pm with free flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne and canapés and progress to The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s private viewing deck at 7.30pm where you can sip champagne and feast on mini desserts as you enjoy a glittering start to the new year (2132 0077, HK$598/adults, HK$288/children).

“Godfather Rat” – Marlon Brando
Born: 1924
It wasn’t horseplay in the Godfather when Marlon Brando made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.  But it will be on Saturday, February 9 as Hong Kong horseracing fans kick off the New Year at the Sha Tin Racecourse including a special opening ceremony, dragon dances and a Chinese New Year parade. Looking for more horsing around?  Check out Zingaro’s equestrian theatre performance.  Their latest show, Battuta, includes 36 beautiful horses and incredible daredevil stunt riders who tell a tale set in a Gypsy encampment in a performance like you’ve never seen before.

“Tall, Dark and Handsome Rat” – Antonio Banderas
Born: 1960
You may not be a Mambo King yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun trying! It’s time to stop moaning about the cold weather and heat things up for the new year at the 2008 Hong Kong Salsa Festival.  Starting Monday, Februay 11, this one-week extravaganza will take Hong Kong by storm with sizzling street dances, sassy workshops and sultry parties. On Saturday, quick-step over to the Asian Salsa Open Championships where you can watch professionals from various countries face-off in this thrilling, energizing and inspiring competition.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish you a happy, prosperous and fun-filled Year of the Rat!

The Dim Sum Girls

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