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
“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.