Fri, December 31, 2010

Guide to 2011 New Year holiday

Best picks of New Year's Eve

Want to forget 2010 awash in a sea of food and booze? CW gives you the lowdown on Beijing's hottest New Year's happenings. Full story

BACKGROUNDER

Year of Rabbit, 2011

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012.

POLL

What's your plan in the holiday?
Together with family
Go shopping
Travelling
Parties

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Westerners in China enjoy X'mas with Oriental twist

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Christmas Promotions

2010-12-24 08:57:53 GMT City Weekend Bloo dining Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet RMB688 net From 6:00pm to10:30pm Indulge in a lavish seafood buffet and international cuisine stations. Attractive lucky draw prizes, creative entertainment performance and Live Band delighting you all the time.

Stumbles Christmas Feast

2010-12-23 10:54:35 GMT City Weekend The Stumble Inn offers a special three-course Christmas menu all December, making it a great spot for a Christmas party. RMB150, RMB100 for kids under 12 years. Dinners must be pre-booked and are for a minimum of 10 people. There is no minimum booking for Christmas Day, but reservations are encouraged.

Christmas unwind at exchange at westin Beijing Chaoyang

2010-12-23 10:48:09 GMT City Weekend Step into our lobby and you will enjoy:

City Charms- Fun and The City Theme Parties

2010-12-23 08:29:33 GMT City Weekend Recapture the glamour of the nostalgic Ye Shanghai charm. Explore the culture of imperial Beijing. Experience exotic Macanese flavor amidst the excitement of casino games. From South to North, ancient to modern, each amazing city is waiting for you to discover its unique beauty. Come and experience the “City Charms- Fun and The City Theme Parties” at Doubletree by Hilton, Beijing.

Mix into 2011

2010-12-23 08:12:38 GMT City Weekend Enjoy the smooth Christmas jazz of Seattle vocalist Caprina Stone and complimentary sweet candy cocktails for ladies from 6-7pm nightly in the Westin Beijing Chaoyang's Mix bar. Free entry.

Life Is Colorful

2010-12-23 08:11:05 GMT City Weekend Monday & Tuesday: Wine & Jazz Night

TERRA'S Hora Azul - Twilight Happy Hour

2010-12-23 08:09:46 GMT City Weekend Hora Azul, meaning the Twilight or Magic Hour is celebrated across the world after work or a long day to welcome in the evening. TERRA presents Beijing's first Hora Azul with great drink specials and bites in the downstairs bar. Look for the Azul or Blue light and take some time out and escape or prepare for a great evening out.

German Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

2010-12-31 07:50:08 GMT City Weekend Conductor: Jonathan Nott Presenter: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Li Yugang Concert

2010-12-31 07:42:47 GMT City Weekend “Flower in Mirror, Moon in Water”- 2011 Li Yugang Large-scale Concert in Beijing Time: 2011.1.2 19:30 Venue: Great Hall of the People Price: 280,380,680,980,1280,1680,2011 Package tickets: 1500 ( 6803) 1600( 9802) Booking hotline: 64177845 E-mail:ponypiaoen@hotmai.com Men playing female roles in stage performances can be dated back to Ancient Rome and were widely seen in Shakespeare's plays. Well, that phenomenon is not exclusive to the west. In traditional Chinese operas, such as Peking Opera, many female characters are performed by male actors.

Riverdance

2010-12-31 07:31:41 GMT City Weekend Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary.

Waffles Gone Wild -- Wild Honey

2010-12-31 07:27:51 GMT City Weekend This little caféis quickly catching on among those looking for a comfortable spot to enjoy a good cup of tea or a bite to eat. The food is, on the whole, good, and the service is welcoming. The atmosphere is very much ladies-who-lunch, but Wild Honey is a good choice for anyone who needs a quiet, clean afternoon refuge, complete with free Wi-Fi.

Best picks of New Year's Eve

2010-12-31 07:15:15 GMT City Weekend Want to forget 2010 awash in a sea of food and booze? CW gives you the lowdown on Beijing's hottest New Year's happenings

Year of Rabbit, 2011

2010-12-23 08:38:49 GMT SINA.com According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animals signs. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. Rabbits are private individuals and a bit introverted. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space.

Phone Call from Santa

2010-12-21 10:15:31 GMT City Weekend The China Trade Commission is sponsoring a free program to Beijing families with kids between 3-7 years. The first 3,000 families to send an email with their child's name, number and preferred call date will receive a special two-minute phone call from Santa, plus an invitation to meet him in person. Last year, he called 2,374 kids in five languages.

Best discounts and deals for Christmas

2010-12-21 07:02:48 GMT City Weekend There's less than a week to finish your Christmas shopping, and all shopping malls are having Christmas sales, promotions and free gift giveaways this week. On Christmas Eve, you can take your kids to The Place to enjoy a Christmas concert performed by a children’s choir at 8pm. Santa Claus will also be there, giving away hot coffee to parents, and clowns will be handing out free gifts. Santa Claus can also be found at Beijing APM, [Shin Kong Place](www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/listings/shopping/malls-department-stores/has/shin-kong-place/) and Grand Pacific Mall on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.