Happy Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate true love, unrequited love and sometimes even strange love. Named after Saint Valentine, the holiday is celebrate across the globe as lovers demonstrate their love for others with gift giving, fine dining and romantic nights out with their companions. Valentine’s Day may have changed a great deal since 500AD, but the premise remains– show those you love how much you love them on February 14th.
If you’ll be in Beijing for Valentine’s Day don’t panic or start to thinking that a romantic day for your loved one is out of reach. Instead, consider the exotic angle, the timeless memories abroad you can make with your loved one while on holiday in China’s capital city. Before you hit Beijing’s romantic nightlife scene, why not dine at one of Beijing’s Top Five Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day? Here you’ll find a list of the best and most romantic places to eat on this sacred lover’s day.
For gifts, especially chocolate and greeting cards, you’ll find a great selection at some of the imported foods stores (like the BHG in the basement of Sanlitun Village) or small trinkets of affection like jewelery, clothing greeting cards and perfume at Ya Show Market in Sanlitun. A recently emerged tradition for young Chinese couples is to buy matching clothing when in love. Underwear and T-shirts are the favorite (image right). Essentially, Sanlitun should be your one-stop-shop for Valentine’s Day shopping.
For your after dinner drinks, Nuage is a romantic little spot to split a bottle of wine while overlooking the stunning Hou Hai Lake. Wine by the bottle begins at 260rmb, but the atmosphere is so romantic and swanky that you’ll immediately see why its a top rated romantic restaurant and wine bar.
Although not your traditional romance bar, The World of Suzie Wong’s is a beautiful setting with intimate little booths and nooks and crannies where you and your lover can talk in peace. This bar can sometimes get out of control and many single men frequent the establishment in search of love, but despite this, the vibe remains romantic, the seating plush and welcoming and the drinks expertly mixed.
Finally, Cloud 9 Bar in Haidian offers overt romance and charm. Decorated in delicate reds and yellows, the room literally screams romance. You’ll find a drinks menu you can work with on any date, a simple snack and meal menu and an atmosphere that will set the mood right. After a delicious dinner at one of Beijing’s romantic restaurants, this is a great follow up for drinks.
Traditionally, lover’s day in China has been on the seventh day of the seventh month a lover’s celebration called qing ren jie based on a historical proverb about a cowherd and weaving maiden who were finally united on that day. In recent years, Valentine’s Day has become popular as well, and women across the major cities jump with joy at the thought of two lover’s days a year in their honor.