For citizens, New Years Eve 2018 in Beijing is a traditional celebration, respectfully reflecting on the importance of Chinese New Years. It’s a time to gather with friends and family in the spirit of peace and togetherness, to say goodbye to the past year and welcome in a new one full of hope and excitement for the future. The Chinese New Year begins on a different day every year as the actual date is assessed using solar as well as lunar movements. When it comes to western NYE celebrations, this incredible Chinese city offers incredible events as well for those that want to celebrate their New Years in Beijing. As the last hours of 2017 creep towards a close, you can bet Beijingers and expats alike will be getting ready to ring in the New Year in a big way.
Best Parties, Countdown and Fireworks
This year if you’re planning to celebrate New Years Eve in Beijing you’ll have an exceptional amount of activities to choose from including hot night clubs, boat cruises, countless New Years Eve parties, formal hotel gala and more. You’ll easily find a variety of New Years events going on all over the city that are sure to suit your tastes and style, from trendy DJ dance parties, to more intimate restaurant, bar and hotel venues.
Though it hasn’t been set in stone yet regarding this year, typically the 2 most significant countdown events are held at the Summer Palace (this one is a non-public event) and The Place, where countless numbers of party goers will gather together under a giant television screen for the 60 second countdown to New Years Eve.
When Beijing comes to mind big club parties might not be something you’d expect but the city is full of exciting party venues. One of the most thrilling NYE events in the city is the Yen Celebration presented in the 798 Factory district where renowned DJ’s host the celebration; there’s only room for about 2,000 guests so you’ll want to book in advance.
Beijing is also home to countless bars and restaurants and on New Years Eve and you can bet every one will be holding their own exclusive celebrations. For visitors who favor something a little more civilized there are the Sanlitun bars like Migas. Funk music was the theme in last year and just might be again this year.
Club China Doll hosts one of the most distinctive New Years Eve celebrations in Beijing, transforming itself into something magical; 2012 as a casino that included the staff dressing and acting like card dealers, turning cocktail tables into gambling tables. You can expect a lively crowd, electro music and hors d’ouevres, complete with a toast at midnight. This is the most popular NYE party destination in Beijing so you’ll want to buy tickets in advance.
There is a vast array of both cultural and historical traditions associated with New Years Eve in Beijing, most based on receiving good fortune as the near year begins. Good fortune means something different to all of us but as you celebrate the New Year in Beijing, your good fortune will begin to show itself as you enjoy your surroundings and the exciting atmosphere provided by this very special Chinese city.
Hotels for New Years Eve
Beijing’s accommodations are varied with hotel rates that will fit every traveler’s preferences and budgets. Great hotels choices include:
- Chine World Hotel
- Fairmont Beijing
- Hilton Beijing
- Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
- Grand Millennium Hotel
- Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
- Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel
- Beijing International Hotel, The Peninsula Beijing
- Orchid Hotel
- Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
- Kerry Hotel Beijing
- The Ritz-Carlton
- Shangri-La China World Summit Wing
If you have decided to spend your next coming New Years Eve in China, early hotel booking is highly recommended.