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The Peninsula Paris
The Peninsula Paris will be decking itself out in red and serving its culinary fare in Chinese porcelain dishes for the next three weeks as it celebrates the start of the Year of the Dog with a sensational festival of Chinese food, well-being and culture. From the evening of February 15, diners at Lili will be able to sample the best of Cantonese food prepared under the watchful eye of the Peninsula Shanghai’s Michelin-starred chef, Chi Keung Tang, whose Asian flair is set to tickle Parisian taste buds. At the end of the meal, guests will be presented with a chocolate wrapped in the famous red Hongbao envelope.The evening will continue with the traditional lion dance, which you can catch again the following day on the lantern-decked Kleber terrace. If you need to recover from the celebrations in the hotel spa, expert Tony Wu, star therapist at the Peninsula Shanghai, will be on hand with his targeted treatments throughout the three-week festival.
The Peninsula Paris.
19, avenue Kleber, 75016 – Tel. 01 58 12 28 88.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris
From well-being to eating well, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a great place to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style. Head to the spa for a Year of the Earth Dog: a full-body, muscle-relaxing 80-minute treatment complete with abdominal massage and healing stones, before stopping off for an Asian-inspired brunch at the Camélia on February 18. Heaving with dim sum, lacquered pork ribs with ginger, cod hotpot, pan-seared duck with Sichuan pepper and vegetarian maki with green papaya, it’s an exotic way to start your Sunday.
Treatment €250 per person on weekdays, €280 at the weekend. Brunch €98 for adults (€118 with a glass of champagne).
Mandarin Oriental, Paris.
251, rue Saint Honoré, 75001 – Tel. 01 70 98 78 88.
Shangri-La Hotel Paris
Enter the Year of the Dog through the door of the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, where the Middle Kingdom is being honored with a feast – for the eyes and palate! The celebrations start on the morning of February 16 with a lion dance choreographed by Lao Wei San and his famous Kung Fu school, Pak Mei, and continue in the evening with a special menu curated by Samuel Lee Sum, chef of the Shang Palace – the only Michelin-starred restaurant in France. The menu includes six iconic Cantonese dishes, including “Lo Hei” salmon traditionally served at Chinese New Year.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.
Six-course gala dinner on February 15 and 16, €168 per person
10, avenue de Iéna, 75016 – Tel. 01 53 67 19 98. www.shangri-la.com