Today, millions of people around the world are celebrating the Year of the Wooden Horse with elaborate ceremonies, ancient rituals, and extensive traditional feasts (think tea eggs, sticky rice cakes, and whole Peking ducks).
Roosevelt Park kicked off the festivities in New York this morning with a riotous firecracker demonstration to close out the Year of the Snake, and the Annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival will swell the streets of Chinatown on February 2.
Nothing compares to the fanfare in China, where the next two weeks are guaranteed to be bursting with dances, demonstrations, and the color red.
But no matter where you are in your travels, you can welcome this year of adventure and energy in a festive fashion. Book a room at one of these luxury hotels for an over-the-top Chinese New Year.
The OPPOSITE House, Beijing
Drop by this upscale boutique hotel, located in the heart of the country’s New Year ceremonies, and take part in a lavish dinner complete with some very unique, symbolic specials. Start with slices of marinated sea whelk or minced pork jelly, order a plate of pan-fried waygu tenderloin or steamed leopard coral grouper, before concluding your meal with fruit and sweet almond tea.
Cost: $145; theoppositehouse.com
The Peninsula, New York
The Chinese New Year is typically observed for 15 days—but at the Peninsula New York, you can continue the celebration until the end of February with their Van Cleef & Arpels package. In addition to enjoying all the amenities of The Peninsula, guests will receive a limited edition fragrance, a night in a Grand Luxe room, and the option to enhance their stay with a Chinese daily paper, Chinese breakfast, and a Chinese Welcome Tea.
Cost: $888 Per Night; peninsula.com
The Mandarin, Las Vegas
Try your New Year’s luck in Sin City with The Mandarin’s lavish offerings. Whether you’re sipping a Lucky Horseshoe at the Mandarin Bar or improving your fortune with a Good Luck Ritual at the spa, you’ll find plenty of ways to participate in the festivities. The unique massage begins with a traditional foot ritual, and progresses to a full body massage and warmed mineral mud mask. Techniques are based in traditional Chinese medicine.
Cost: $280 for 90 Minutes; mandarinoriental.com
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Classic Chinese music and a presentation of the iconic lion dance will fill the lobby at the Shangri-La Paris tonight. Afterward, pony up for a thorough tasting menu of iconic Asian delicacies. Sweet and sour bass, crab and mushroom soup, and lobster with vermicelli are a few of the plates during this seafood-centric meal. At the end of the night, guests will be given iconic lucky charm red envelopes, containing vouchers for the Michelin-starred Shang Palace restaurant.
Cost: $255; shangri-la.com
Langham Place, Hong Kong
Until February 15, enjoy 20 percent off two consecutive nights or more at Langham Place, Mongkok. In addition to the annual Chinese New Year puddings, the Michelin-starred Ming Court restaurant is offering a new Crystal Wellness Pudding, with wolfberries, Chinese yam and chrysanthemum flowers. Ming Court will also host an extensive buffet, featuring a live Peking duck station, snake soup, and freshly shucked oysters.
Cost: $198 Pudding, $470 Dinner Buffet; langhamplacehotels.com
Melanie Lieberman is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.