Where to Celebrate the Qixi Festival Date Night in China

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August 17, 2018 is Qixi Festival or Chinese Valentine's Day!

Falling on the seventh day of seventh lunar month, the Double Seventh Festival in China, also known as Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine's Day), is what Valentine's Day to the western countries. As it is a day of great importance to girls, the event is also called Young Girls' Festival. Because of the beautiful legend about Niu Lang and Zhi Nu, the festival has been endowed with the meaning of great romance.

The Legend
As one of the Chinese four folk legends concerning love, the legend of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu features the Double Seventh Festival.

It is said that Niu Lang was a cowboy who had a kind heart even though he was without living parents. Living with his brother and brother-in-law, he was maltreated. One day, after having been driven out of his home, an old man (in fact a supernatural being), guided him to the sick cattle from heaven. With great care from Niu Lang, the cattle recovered. In order to show gratitude to Niu Lang, the cow helped him get acquainted with Zhi Nu - a fairy from the heaven. They fell in love with each other and married to live a happy life with Niu Lang planting in the field while Zhi Nu did weaving at home. They were also magically given a boy and a girl. However, good times didn't last long because Zhi Nu's deeds were known by the king of the heaven who took her back to heaven. With the cow's help, Niu Lang flew to heaven along with his two children as they chased their wife and mother. It was just at that moment before he could reach Zhi Nu that the queen of the heaven created a huge river between them. Tears from the two flowed continuously so that even the queen was moved. As a result, she allowed them to meet only on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month every year.
Therefore, the day that Niu Lang and Zhi Nu meet is the present Double Seventh Festival.

Since this year's Chinese Valentine's Day, or Qixi Festival, falls on a Friday, Aug 17, more couples will go out to mark this traditional date night. And the most important part of any date night is a romantic dinner together.

Here's the top upscale restaurants in China where you can celebrate Qixi Festival with your love one:

1. Elements, Magnolia, and The View's Restaurant, Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing

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If you are a fan of true extravagance, for example, a triple treat with exquisite sparkling wine and chocolates, we recommend the Elements Magnolia. Elements, an all-day restaurant with open interactive cooking stations, features an extensive menu of international cuisines. The modern and stylish Chinese restaurant Magnolia incorporates various Chinese culinary techniques and offers Cantonese inspired cuisine. The View's Restaurant, located on the top floor of the hotel, offers a trendy menu of local delicacies with picturesque views.

Diners at all three restaurants can each get a free glass of sparkling wine.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing embodies the shape of the rising sun and symbolizes harmony, unity and infinity. The luxury hotel offers 302 guestrooms and suites with magnificent views of Yanqi Lake, mountains and greenery.

2. Paradise Island Café, InterContinental Chengdu Global Center

This poolside restaurant serves up a delicious international buffet and a la carte selections throughout the entire day. The open kitchen further entices gourmets with an extensive array of delicacies, served both indoors and outdoors along the terrace, which overlooks the swimming pool and Paradise Island Water Park.

The InterContinental Hotel is nestled within the New Century Global Center in Chengdu. The hotel features 995 luxury rooms and suites, elegantly furnished with local designs, contemporary fittings and spacious balconies with panoramic views of the ocean.

3. Ritz Restaurant, Palace Garden Hotel & Resorts

Located on the third floor of the Palace Garden Hotel & Resorts, the Ritz Restaurant was once voted as the buffet restaurant with the best decor in Beijing's Haidian district. The traditional Chinese interior design reflects the elegant taste of the customers. Hundreds of authentic paintings of Chinese artist Qi Baishi and his students make the hotel a magical spot with Eastern charm.

The Palace Garden Hotel & Resorts owns 224 spacious and luxury guest rooms, suites, and dining halls. It also provides customers with clean air, thanks to an RGF air purification system from the United States.

4. CÉPE, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street

Helmed by an award-winning Italian chef, Cépe is one of Beijing's finest dining rooms featuring haute Italian style cuisine. Wine aficionados will delight in an extensive wine menu featuring 200 types of wines.

The five-course menu specially designed for Chinese Valentine's Day is a precious collection of house specialties and innovative dishes. With top-level ingredients such as Spanish red prawn, caviar, fresh oyster, Italian wagyu and blue lobster, the summer-seafood themed set menu is filled with the affection and blessings of the chef's team. Extravagant roses and fancy chocolate are also on the house.

Located on lobby level, CÉPE was named Best Restaurant in 2017 by UK luxury lifestyle magazine Tatler; Best Hotel Italian Dining in 2017 by cutting-edge lifestyle and media outlet The Beijinger; and the Best Western Restaurant at 2016-2017 Reward of Best Restaurants Beijing of the Food Report.

5. Altitude, Fairmont Nanjing

Located on the 60th floor of the Fairmont Nanjing, Altitude's unique location offers an unparalleled place to dine, with dazzling vistas of the Nanjing skyline. Executive chef Jasper has prepared a special buffet for the Chinese Valentine's Day night with culinary delights, such as lobster, king crab, scallop, French oyster, jade whelk, Valrhona 70 percent dark chocolate cake, Valentine raspberry white chocolate, durian cake and a live grilling station.

Situated in the legendary city of Nanjing, where tree-covered hills and serene lakes meet Ming-era temples and dazzling skyscrapers, Fairmont Nanjing has over 100 years of experience in providing attentive and friendly customer service to guests. This magnificent hotel combines an ultra-contemporary setting with the timeless service and hospitality for which Fairmont is known the world over.

6. Food Studio, Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

The Food Studio casual restaurant -- located in Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel on historic Wangfujing Street -- welcomes customers all day to watch its talented chefs in action in the incredible open kitchen, as they prepare delicious international meals using only the freshest ingredients.

The hotel features an artful blend of luxury amenities and distinctive service near Tiananmen Square and Beijing Capital Theater, with amazing views of the fabled Forbidden City. Deftly combining traditional elegance and modern style, the hotel delivers an enchanting experience in the heart of the city.

7. Ho Jia 9, The Lalu Nanjing

Open all day, the Ho Jia 9 Restaurant provides a serene and relaxing atmosphere with natural elements to enrich the dining experience. On the menu are hundreds of Eastern and Western delicacies that range from traditional to contemporary, including Taiwan snacks and mouthwatering desserts.

Located in the central area of Riverside Green Yard, The Lalu Nanjing re-creates the traditional style of Chinese royal cities through its carefully designed spaces. The Lalu brand emphasizes meditation and nature, drawing on inspiration from the outdoors to create flexible variation among spaces, lighting and buildings.

8. San Wu Tang Kitchen, Hotel Jen Beijing

The San Wu Tang Kitchen is an all-day restaurant with spectacular views of Beijing's skyline, spacious seating, and a separate “private” bar and dining space for up to 100 guests. The kitchen provides savory dinners from a menu of healthy, balanced cuisine. Hotpot specialties with classical ingredients such as Argentina red shrimp and prawns are ready to satisfy your taste buds.

Located in Beijing's Central Business District (CBD), Hotel Jen Beijing offers travelers fuss-free service with a refreshing sense of adventure, and puts the city right at their doorstep with a lively gastro pub, restaurants, smart meeting spaces and a fitness center.

9. Danieli's, The St. Regis Beijing

Danieli's combines a rustic yet elegant Italian design—welcoming both the casual chic and black-tie set. Regional Italian dishes are complemented by an extensive wine selection. On this Chinese Valentine's Day, Danieli's presents a romantic candlelit dinner for two. The nine-course dinner serves fresh seafood, tasty spaghetti, exquisite appetizers and silky soup.

The St. Regis Beijing offers St. Regis Butler Service—round-the-clock personal attention for every guest. The hotel also offers access to the exclusive Athletic Club & Iridium Spa, which features natural hot spring water and more than 40 Western and Chinese treatments. With its unique culture, celebratory rituals and anticipatory butler service, St. Regis offers uncompromising luxury at some of the finest addresses in the world.

10. Makan Kitchen / OneEast, Hilton Beijing

If you can't decide between Eastern or Western cuisine, the Hilton Beijing offers both at two excellent dining spots.

The Makan Kitchen is unique restaurant offering varied Southeast Asian flavors and Chinese cuisines. With a beautiful private dining room for functions or meetings in comfortable style, the Makan Kitchen is the perfect venue for a relaxing get-together or a delightful weekend dinner.

One East is a grill house serving top-profile Western cuisine with an award-winning wine list. Under a romantic blue starry night, a fancy digital art decoration specially arranged by the restaurant, the exquisite six-course menu will definitely make this evening an unforgettable one.

11. Aroma, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing

The Aroma Buffet has an international culinary flair, serving up global gourmet experiences with Eastern dishes – Chinese, Japanese, Indian and South Asian – as well as Western offerings. Exciting desserts make for sweet endings to your special day.

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing hotel embarks on a world adventure in the heart of the thriving commercial Chaoyang district in Beijing. This five-star international hotel is a perfect retreat for travelers, business people or tourists. With 305 well-appointed guest rooms and hotel suites, six exceptional restaurants, bar and lounges, the guests will experience a Beijing luxury hotel unlike any other.

12. River Café/Bai Yun, Banyan Tree Tianjin Riverside

River Café - River Café is the resort's all-day dining venue, where buffet dishes are prepared on the spot with garden-fresh vegetables, herbs and locally sourced seasonal ingredients to present guests with delicious Asian specialties and international favorites. Its Chinese Valentine's Day specialties includes Tomahawk steak, fresh oysters from France and lobster bisque.

Bai Yun - Bai Yun is an elegant fine dining establishment serving a sumptuous feast of authentic Cantonese food and innovative Tianjin cuisine-influenced dishes, which are presided over by a Cantonese master chef. It is offering an eight-course chef's menu for the special night, including mutton chops, lobster and abalone.

Situated in the emerging metropolis of Tianjin, Banyan Tree Tianjin Riverside is a luxurious contemporary urban resort with unparalleled views of the picturesque Hai River. Located in a destination of cultural and historical significance, Banyan Tree Tianjin Riverside is within walking distance of Tianjin's ancient culture street, lined with quaint handicraft stores and local specialty shops.

*All the above restaurants require reservations

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