Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver ushers in the Year of the Horse with a traditional Lion Dance and special Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea in Xi Shi Lounge. Adding to the festivities, any guest born in a Year of the Horse will receive complimentary afternoon tea.*
The Lion Dance has been a traditional part of Chinese culture for many centuries, and will mark the start of the hotel’s Chinese New Year celebrations on 31 January 2014. Starting at 11:00 a.m., Vancouver-based dance team Shao Lin Hung Gar will perform a traditional Eye Dotting Ceremony and Lion Dance in the lobby of the hotel. From there, the lion dancers will weave their way through the various outlets the hotel, warding off evil spirits, assuring good luck, and collecting Hong Bao – good luck red envelopes – along the way.
Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a special Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea in Xi Shi Lounge. Enjoy a sweet and savoury tea tower with items including BBQ pork brioche buns, curried tofu and almond wraps, duck spring rolls, and smoked salmon bagels with yuzu mayonnaise. In addition to afternoon tea classics like butter and orange inflused scones, with housemade clotted cream and a selection of jams, sweets include coconut rice cake - a twist on the traditional Nian Gao, egg tarts, black sesame rice balls in ginger soup, and green tea opera cake.
While enjoying the flavours of the afternoon tea, a variety of live Chinese music and entertainment, including traditional erhu and flute soloists, will be available in the lounge Monday to Wednesday, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea is available from January 31 until February 28, for $38 per person. Afternoon tea is served daily from 11:00am to 5pm, with live classical piano on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
*Offer is valid for one guest per table, with a minimum party of two. Guests must show proof of age; offer is non-transferable and non-refundable. Offer ends 28 February 2014. Those born in the years 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002 are Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac.