Published on : Saturday, February 1, 2014
As we witness another cycle of seasons coming to an end, Chinese New Year is upon us.
Also known as the Spring Festival, it is the most important Chinese holiday with a long history spanning thousands of years.
Celebrations are typically carried out between the eighth day prior to the Lunar New Year’s Day to the fifteenth day after.
During the time, Chinese people around the world reunite with families and friends, and hold a wide spectrum of activities to welcome the arrival of a brand new start.
After a year of hard work, Hangzhou people enjoy spending the Chinese New Year holiday in the pleasant company of good food, entertainment and relaxation.
Speaking of food, the quintessential Chinese New Year homemade eats include laba congee, braised crucian carp, and braised pork.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, after a sumptuous family dinner, many locals like to honour the Hangzhou tradition of visiting Linyin Temple or Jingci Temple.
In the sound of the chiming bells, crowds with burning incenses and candles light up the temples throughout the night, praying for a year of health and fortune for their loved ones.
The most popular spot in town to soak up the celebratory atmosphere is Hefang Street by Wushan Square, where the Chinese New Year’s market takes place annually.
There, local entertainers perform traditional dances and percussions, shops offer various goods, while street food venders cook up delicious snacks and dishes.
Finally, when the night falls, people gather together at the square and let off fireworks, sharing their hopes and joy.
So why not bring family to Hangzhou this holiday season for a unique Chinese New Year experience? Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake has prepared an array of specials.
At The Spa, get some well-deserved pampering to enter the New Year refreshed.
Submerge in the Lotus Milk Bath with the company of La Colline therapeutic candles from Switzerland.
The divine fragrance of essential oils will melt away all weariness and stress from the past year.
Then, enjoy the Warm Candle Massage and Heated Stones Massage, which will treat every inch of skin with delicate care and give a beautiful glow.
After the Spa, sample the health-preserving seasonal menu at the Hotel’s famed Jin Sha restaurant, which has made it into the prestigious list of “Best 50 Restaurants in China” by Food & Wine Magazine.
Must-tries include double bamboo shoot with aged duck, slow cooked wagyu beef cheek with truffle juice, and braised winter bamboo and mushroom. Packed with rich and authentic flavours, these mouth-watering treats will tantalize taste buds while boosting seasonal wellbeing.
Source:- Four Seasons Hotels
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