Universal Studios Beijing to host first Universal’s Chinese New Year celebration

by Brittani Tuttle

To celebrate the Lunar Year of the Tiger, Universal Beijing Resort is launching its first-ever “Universal’s Chinese New Year” from Jan. 22 to Feb. 20, 2022.

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The destination-wide celebration will feature Spring Festival-themed decorations and entertainment, including a new holiday-themed show, limited-time food and beverage offerings, and new year merchandise.

Universal Beijing’s two resort hotels and Universal CityWalk Beijing will also celebrate the event in their own way, in addition to the resort hosting surprises for the upcoming Valentine’s Day and Lantern Festival.

“We know Chinese New Year has special meaning for our guests. It is an honor to launch our first-ever Universal’s Chinese New Year to celebrate the festive moments of this season of reunion and renewal in a special way,” said Joe Hoskin, executive vice president and general manager of Universal Beijing Resort. “We aim to create a new Chinese New Year experience that combines traditional culture and classic Universal moments to create a rich, festive experience for our guests.”

Newly unveiled for the event is the Universal’s Year of the Leaping Tiger Show, where guests will be immersed in the celebration as they enjoy a traditional Chinese lion dance. As it is a traditional Chinese custom to wear new clothes on Spring Festival, Po from “Kung Fu Panda” will dress up as the God of Fortune together with other characters like Tigress and Mei Mei to greet guests in their New Year attire.

Tigress herself will become an icon of the Year of the Tiger event, thanks to a sculpture of the character combined with traditional Chinese New Year decoration located at the park’s entrance. Guests will also find Universal’s New Year Tree of Fortune at the end of Hollywood Boulevard; it is a peach tree, representing wishes for happiness and prosperity in the new year. Guests can hang wishing cards on a shelf under the tree to express their wishes.

During the event, the resort will be decked out with festive decorations. For example, Minion Land will feature special lanterns and festive couplets, as Illumination’s Minions meet guests dressed in Chinese New Year outfits and little tiger masks.

Seasonal Chinese New Year dishes will also contribute to the festive atmosphere. Guests can enjoy these holiday flavors at Sunset Grill, Hammond’s, Mr. Ping’s Noodle House and Grandma Panda’s Kitchen. Dishes will range from Chinese cuisine to Western-style dishes. Snacks like candied hawthorn will also be offered in-park.

As for merchandise, there will be nearly 30 types of new seasonal merchandise in limited supply, including a Kung Fu Panda-themed New Year Tiger cape, New Year limited gift packages, and red envelopes, as well as Chinese New Year-inspired character apparel and accessories.

At Universal Beijing’s two resort hotels, guests can enjoy abundant Chinese New Year special menus, festive afternoon tea sets, and a Chinese New Year Package. JIA of NUO Resort Hotel has prepared a Chinese New Year Gathering Menu featuring traditional festive dishes. Guests can also enjoy other offerings, like a Tigress Meet-and-Greet in both hotels, as well as making dumplings and sweet tea at NUO Resort Hotel’s Magnolia Room. NUO Resort Hotel also offers Chinese New Year gift boxes for guests to share with family or friends. At the Lobby Lounge, guests can take in the Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea. Over at The Universal Studios Grand Hotel, guests can enjoy a Chinese New Year dinner buffet prepared by Universal Studios’ The Lotus Garden and enjoy a themed breakfast with Illumination’s “Despicable Me” characters.

During Universal’s Chinese New Year, guests visiting Universal CityWalk Beijing can sample festive menus at the destination’s restaurants and enjoy entertainment with free admission.

To learn more about Lunar New Year at Universal Beijing Resort, or to plan a visit, head to UniversalBeijingResort.com.


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