Wondering how to have a socially-distanced Chinese New Year? We’ve got you covered with festive activities, dining deals, staycations and more…
When you say Chinese New Year, we think large family gatherings, big banquet dinners, trips to the bustling flower market, lively lion dances and peaceful temple visits, but with yet another socially-distanced holiday ahead of us we’ve had to think of other ways to ring in the Year of the Tiger.
Read on for ideas on how to spend your three consecutive days off (Tuesday, 1 February to Thursday, 3 February), plus where to go for a decadent meal or festive staycation…
What To Do Over Chinese New Year
Go On A Hike
Take full advantage of all that free time and embrace the great outdoors! Okay, CNY is notorious for rainy weather, and with recent cold spells, cosying up indoors is appealing – but the cooler climes do make for great hiking conditions! Check out these top hikes in Hong Kong that promise quiet forest treks, isolated beaches and stellar city views.
Since dine-in dinner is off the table, why not sharpen those cooking skills and try your hand at a few new recipes? From microwavable mug cakes to DIY bubble tea, we’ve got plenty of fun recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen.
Pick up a hobby
A few days off might just be exactly what you need to find yourself a new hobby for the new year! You could finally start your 2022 reading list, tune into a new podcast, binge the latest Netflix shows, or even sign up for an adult craft class!
Donate Your Old Clothes
A little bit of spring cleaning is always encouraged around this time of year. Out with the old and in with the new we say! After all, it is customary to buy yourself a new outfit to wear on New Year’s Day, so it’s good to clear a bit of space in your closet. Why not gather your old clothes that you no longer want and donate them to the less fortunate?
Time For Self-Care
If you’ve been desperate for some quality me-time, now is the time to spoil yourself. Take time to breathe, treat yourself to a DIY facial, and try out a new meditation practice. You’ll be ready to tackle the Year of the Tiger with a fresh, invigorated spirit.
Read more: 5 Simple Meditation Practices To Try At Home
What To Eat & Drink Over Chinese New Year
Shake Shack’s Dark Meat Peking Chicken
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Shake Shack is serving up an all-new Dark Meat Peking Chicken ($65) through the month of February. The new burger sees Shake Shack’s classic Dark Meat Hot Chicken dressed in a sweet and salty hoisin sauce and topped with freshly sliced cucumber and leek. Skip the queue by ordering ahead here and pick up from store, or order through Deliveroo and have your CNY-editon burger delivered to your door, complete with a complimentary set of special red packets.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel’s Joyous Spring Ladybird Gift Box & Mandarin Mochi Buns
Coloured a bright, auspicious red, the two-tiered Joyous Spring Lady Bird Gift Box ($398, early bird price $358) encases a wheel of handcrafted chocolate bon bons in two flavours – Pistachio Dark Chocolate and Yuzu White Chocolate. The bottom tier houses a locally made Almond Milk Rice Pudding, which gives the traditional dessert a modern twist. Want something small to grab and go? Stop by the shop to pick up a couple of Mandarin Mochi Buns ($48 for two) which are filled to the brim with homemade mocha and mandarin orange jam.
Jom’s Prosperity Feast
Got plenty of mouths to feed? Get your fill this Lunar New Year with Jom’s six-course Prosperity Feast ($888, feeds three to four persons) or eight-course Fortune Family Feast ($1,388, feeds six to eight persons), featuring a bountiful seafood You Sheung Platter (Lo Hei), Ayam Masak Merah, Mee Siam and Salted Egg Prawns. The limited-edition Chinese New Year menus are available from 24 January and 15 February, for both dine-in and takeaway.
Boy n Burger’s Limited-Edition Burgers & Double Prosperity Slider Box
Fast and casual burger joint Boy n Burger introduces three exclusive Chinese New Year burgers ($38 each) – the Health & Wealth Tofu Burger, Golden Pork Burger and Fortune Beef Burger – inspired by iconic Hong Kong flavours. You and a friend can try all three with the Double Prosperity Slider Box ($168) which comes packed with two of each burger.
Boy n Burger, Shop 3, G/F, 208 Johnson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3686 0928, www.boynburger.com
Festive Cocktails At Stockton
Open 12 to 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Friday, 4 February, Stockton will be mixing two new cocktails to keep our spirits high. Taking cues from the timeless Old Fashioned, Eye of the Tiger ($160) honour’s this year’s zodiac with a blend of cognac, bourbon, baijiu, ginseng and Chinese plum. Featuring a twist of spiced mandarin, Chinese spices, Pisco and citrus, the Clementine ($130) is rich and robust with a long velvety finish.
The Drunken Pot’s Indian Poon Choi
Tired of the traditional Poon Choi? Switch things up this year with The Drunken Pot’s Indian-inspired big bowl feast, starting at $1,188 for six persons or $2,188 for 12. Available for self pick-up from Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui or delivery, the pots are perfect for an at-home family gathering.
The Drunken Pot (Causeway Bay), 27/F, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Where To Stay Over Chinese New Year
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Usher in a new year full of “Wealth & Joy” with a luxurious stay at The Peninsula where you’ll be treated to a hotel credit of up to $2,668 to be used for dining at the hotel’s restaurants, treatments at The Peninsula Spa, purchase of in-room retail or mini-bar items. What’s more, guests staying in February will also be gifted a special limited-edition Peninsula Monopoly set.
“Wealth & Joy” Chinese New Year Staycation
When: Tuesday, 1 February to Monday, 28 February
What’s included: Accommodation and daily Peninsula set breakfast for two, $1,668 hotel credit (room guests) or $2,668 (suite guests), a limited-edition Peninsula Monopoly set
How much: From $4,388 per night – head here to book now
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Get into the festive spirit with a staycation at The Ritz-Carlton. It’s “Spring Stellar-Bration” package includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room decorated with bespoke Chinese New Year decorations. Guests will also be treated to the hotel’s signature Mango Delight Cake, a bottle of house Champagne, breakfast and 20% savings on selected spa treatments and dining venues.
“Spring Stellar-Bration” Package
When: Monday, 31 January to Monday, 7 February
What’s included: Accommodation, breakfast for two, signature Mango Delight Cake, one complimentary bottle of house Champagne, bespoke Chinese New Year decorations
How much: From 4,099 per night – head here to book now
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 4, February 2016 and was most recently updated in January, 2022.