First Christmas

Radisson Pudong Century Park celebrates early

By: Emi Rourke

The Radisson Pudong Century Park, an art hotel in Shanghai, China, will start celebrating Christmas early this year with its First Christmas event. The party will begin on Dec. 23 to mark the first day off of work and school for the Christmas holidays.

Two separate parties will be thrown at the Radisson Pudong Century Park on the evening of Dec. 23. Both parties will feature live music and entertainment, a dinner buffet and a drawing with prizes that include overseas vacations, iPods, cell phones, DVD players and more. The first event will be held in the Magnolia Ballroom for a price of $120 for adults and $66 for children. The second festivity will be at Infinity restaurant and costs $93 per adult and $52 per child.

Additional festivities will be held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Infinity restaurant. The Christmas Eve buffet with live jazz is priced at $66 for adults and $39 for children, while the Christmas Day Brunch is $36 per adult and $20 per child. Dim sum dinner will be served at Yar Chi Ting Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day for $16 per person.

An extra package includes a one-night accommodation at the Radisson Pudong Century Park with 30 percent off food and drinks, complimentary ticket to Zendai Museum of Modern Art, late check-out and use of all amenities at a cost of $93.

Coinciding with the First Christmas celebration is a pop art exhibit by artist Chen Hangfeng that explores the consumerism of Christmas. The exhibit opened at the hotel on the Nov. 25. Hangfeng used a variety of different mediums to create iconic Christmas symbols like trees and snowflakes fashioned from the logos of worldwide brands. Additionally, Hangfeng examines through videos the backbone on the Christmas gift exchange industry: cheap Chinese labor.

“Christmas is becoming a very important holiday in modern Chinese culture, a symbol of increasing purchasing power and growing consumer desire,” says Hangfeng. “I hope to reveal an insight into Chinese consumer culture which provokes the question: ‘What is the true meaning of Christmas?’ For many people in China it means producing toys and gifts for the rest of the world.”

Radisson Pudong Century Park’s ‘First Christmas’ celebrates the family fun of the holidays while examining a politically charged issue about the real spirit of Christmas.