For the Chinese, Los Angeles remains the most popular destination in the United States. That’s expected to be particularly true during Golden Week on Oct. 1-7, a holiday period in China that includes National Day on Oct. 1, when the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 is celebrated through flag-raising ceremonies, fireworks and music. According to the New York Times, 589 million Chinese traveled during this time in 2016. In fact, Golden Week generates more revenue for tourism-related businesses in China than any other week of the year. L.A. is particularly welcoming to Chinese visitors, with many specials and discounts, as well as attractions for everyone interested in exploring the city known all over the world for its picturesque beaches, beautiful landscapes and splendid entertainment.
Get a glimpse of Chinese immigrants' lives in historic Los Angeles in Chinatown. Founded in 1938, the Central Plaza by day is a gathering place for the elders in the neighborhood, whether it’s for a game of chess or a sweet bun and tea from Phoenix Bakery, the area’s oldest bakery founded in 1938 and specializing in traditional Chinese pastries and cookies. By night, the statue of martial arts star Bruce Lee watches over the 1930s-era facades, while art galleries host openings, bustling restaurants serve hungry diners, and live music serenades visitors.
At the nearby El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, be sure to visit the Chinese American Museum (CAM) for a history lesson on Chinese heritage in L.A. CAM is symbolically housed in the Garnier Building, the oldest and last surviving structure of L.A.'s original Chinatown. The 7,200 square-foot museum transports visitors back in time, featuring an authentic recreation of the Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop, an actual store that was housed in the building from 1891-1948. Today, much of the L.A. Chinese population has shifted east from Chinatown to the San Gabriel Valley, in particular the neighborhoods of Monterey Park, Alhambra and Arcadia.
The landmark Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles has been a favorite hotel for generations of celebrities, presidents and dignitaries, and the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows. Stay at the Biltmore between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7 and you'll get 15 percent off the total check at SmeraldI's and Bugis Street restaurants - the former specializes in Mediterranean-Italian delights, and the latter features Singaporean-Chinese cuisine. Contact Kendra Walker at [email protected] for more info.
Get up close to celebrities like never before at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, a star-studded museum featuring more than 125 incredibly lifelike wax figures of superstars like Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio, Marvel Superheroes, to legends like Bruce Lee and Marilyn Monroe. Madame Tussauds is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate Golden Week. From Oct. 1–7, save $10 per general admission ticket for up to six guests. This discount can't be combined with any other offer and isn't valid on packages. Promo code: 1142. For more info, call (323) 798-1670.
The automobile is integral to Los Angeles life and culture, and there's no better place to understand this influence than at the spectacular Petersen Automotive Museum, located on Museum Row in the Miracle Mile district. In recognition of Golden Week during the month of October, the Petersen is offering extra discounts for guests that book at least two groups. There's a 15 percent discount on a second group booking from Monday-Friday and a 10 percent discount on a second group booking from Saturday to Sunday. These offers are in addition to savings of $2 per general admission ticket for both the first and second group. (A group is 10 or more people.)
The Petersen is also offering 10 percent savings in the Petersen Store, which sells everything from toy cars to t-shirts, racing jackets, posters and exhibition books. Offer is valid from Oct.1 thru Oct. 31. For more info, contact the Petersen at [email protected] or call (323) 964-6346.
Currently undergoing a $500-million renovation, the Beverly Center is an internationally renowned fashion destination with a collection of more than 100 high-end boutiques, from Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana to Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent. From Oct. 1-7, spend $500 or more at the Beverly Center and receive a $25 gift card. Spend $1,000 or more, and receive a $50 gift card. Redeem your gift card with valid receipts at Guest Services, located on the seventh level near the luxury wing.
Shop at the crown jewel of luxury at world-famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Deep-pocketed mainland Chinese tourists account for 60 percent of sales at Rodeo Drive, one of the world's premier luxury shopping districts. Luxury boutiques such as Hermes and Chanel have Mandarin-speaking sales associates to cater to the jet-setting millennial clientele.
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is an all-suite hotel located just steps from the famed Sunset Strip and minutes from glamorous Beverly Hills. From Oct. 1-7, enjoy The London's cosmopolitan elegance and laid-back California cool with complimentary Chinese & European Boxwood breakfast buffets. Welcome notes in Chinese, hot water teapots, and an assortment of authentic Chinese teas will be delivered upon arrival. Chinese newspapers will also be delivered daily, and shopping and sightseeing guides in Chinese will be offered. Receive complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the rooftop pool, Alex Roldan Hair & Nail Salon and Boutique, and a complimentary house car within a two-mile radius. For more info, contact Jeanie Yom at [email protected].
Celebrate Golden Week at one of L.A.'s most stylish hotels, situated at the foot of Bel-Air and just minutes from Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica beaches. Stay six nights at W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills between Sept. 29 and Oct. 9, and receive the seventh night free. Receive complimentary breakfast for two daily. Upgrade to a suite, which is based on availability. To book, contact Kevin White at [email protected] or call (310) 443-7801.
Located just steps from world-famous Universal Studios Hollywood, the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City is one of the few hotels in Los Angeles that offers authentic Chinese cuisine. The hotel ensures Chinese guests feel at home from the moment they arrive by providing hot water kettles with tea bags; robes, slippers, toothbrushes and toothpaste; bottled water; and welcome letters in Chinese, as well as access to Mandarin-speaking staff.
For an unforgettable Golden Week visit, the Hilton's Bed and Breakfast Package includes spacious accommodations with stunning views, upgraded Wi-Fi, and breakfast buffet for two. The buffet offers two types of congee, dim sum and fried noodles, along with many favorite international dishes. The booking code is GOLD. This promotion will be available for stays taking place Sept. 29 to Oct. 9, 2017.
Celebrate Golden Week from Oct. 1-7 at Costero Bar and Bistro, located in the recently redesigned Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel at LAX. The restaurant, which features a menu that emphasizes fresh seasonal flavors and a coastal California take on traditional American cuisine, will offer a special menu during Golden Week. For more info, call (310) 642-4820.
Step into history at the Battleship IOWA Museum, the West Coast’s only battleship that's open to the public. In honor of Golden Week, this interactive naval museum will offer specially priced adult self-guided tour admission from Oct. 1-7. Tickets are only $11.95, discounted from $19.95. You must mention "Golden Week" at the box office for the discount. This special discount can't be combined with other offers or used on a group tour.
Now on view through Dec. 14 at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, Art Without Boundaries by Cao Yong, Citizen of the World features more than 40 paintings by the acclaimed Chinese immigrant, described by the Japanese press as "an artistic genius of our time." Beginning with Yong’s early spiritual search in Tibet to his more recent globally inspired work, with styles ranging from realism to surrealism, the retrospective features Yong's personal journeys to Tibet, Japan, India, Nepal, China, Cairo, France, Italy and the United States over a 30-year period. From his richly colored oil paintings of lush landscapes to a series that depicts the lives of Tibetan monks, Yong creates works of beauty and compassion.
Founded in 1919, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is world-renowned as a cultural, research and educational center. The Botanical Gardens at The Huntington feature more than a dozen specialized gardens spanning 120 acres, including the California Garden, Children's Garden, Desert Garden and Rose Garden.
Opened at The Huntington in February 2008, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance (Liu Fang Yuan ) is one of the largest Chinese-style gardens outside of China, built with the help of Chinese historians, architects and artisans. Featuring a lake, seven pavilions, five stone bridges and sheltered walkways, the garden is set amidst a landscape of plants native to China and California, and is designed to reflect the gardens of Suzhou, the historic city outside of Shanghai with a centuries-old tradition of landscape artistry. White rocks from Lake Tai in Jiangsu Province line the lake’s edge, evoking Chinese mountains and rivers - the surface of the water reflects patterns of the skies overhead. Intricate lattice and shaped doorways frame various scenes as the garden is revealed during a stroll.
A revered Chinese cultural tradition is to gather with family and enjoy a large meal. There’s no better place in L.A. to do that than at San Gabriel Square, a 12-acre, 220,000 square-foot mega mall built in the early 1990s for affluent Asian immigrants. This upscale, neon-bathed mall feels like modern-day Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing and is anchored by the newly remodeled Asian supermarket, 99 Ranch Market. Browse gurgling tanks with colorful fish swimming inside, or try the puffy Chinese pastries that are freshly baked daily, and you'll feel as if you're in Asia. Perhaps pick up exotic Asian fruits not readily available elsewhere like durian, jackfruit and lychee.
Of course, you didn’t travel all this way to cook for yourself, so choose from dozens of Chinese restaurants throughout the mall, offering every cuisine from the North to Sichuan, Shanghai and Canton. Located across the street is the critically acclaimed Shanghai No. 1 Seafood. Black and white photos of 1930s Shanghai (aka the “Paris of the East”) fill the red walls, but you’ll be focused on the menu of mouthwatering, carefully prepared dishes, from old Shanghai fried dumplings bursting with juice to silky textured old Shanghai stewed duck bathed in thick soy sauce.
Delve into authentic Chinese cuisine with Six Taste Food Tours, which is hosting its New Chinatown walking food tour of the San Gabriel Valley, which arguably has the greatest concentration of top Chinese restaurants in the United States. On the 3.5-hour guided tour, an expert guide will walk you through a local Chinese market and plaza, sharing information about the cuisine, traditions, customs, history and culture of China. During the tour, guests will visit five to six different restaurants and enjoy over 10 unique tastings of some of the best Cantonese food in Los Angeles, from dim sum to delicious barbeque and fresh treats from a world-famous bakery.
The New Chinatown tour takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 7. Tours meet in the main courtyard of San Gabriel Square, near the large fountain. For more info, contact Sally Tiongco at [email protected] or call 213.798.4749.
Located at the western terminus of the Metro Expo Line, Santa Monica Place is a sleek open-air mall featuring luxury boutiques from Louis Vuitton to Coach and Tiffany & Co. in a contemporary setting just steps from the Pacific. During Golden Week, show your China UnionPay credit card at the Concierge Lounge, and receive a free visitor savings voucher valued at $750 for participating stores and restaurants, as well as an exclusive gift. China UnionPay customers who spend $500 or more can receive a $25 gift card to a gourmet coffee and tea retailer.
A bit off the beaten path is the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, a beautiful centerpiece of the Chinese community in Los Angeles. One of the largest Chinese monasteries in the U.S., the temple has a magnitude that attests to the size of the Chinese community in Los Angeles, now one of the largest outside of Asia. Built in 1988, the temple has a vast white geometric courtyard resembling a rice paddy, while the lushly landscaped gardens are designed in the style of ancient Chinese monasteries. The interiors echo Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture styles and are meant to spread the teachings of Buddha to the Western Hemisphere. Inside the main shrine, a sea of more than 10,000 golden Buddha statues grace the walls.
Get discounts this Golden Week at many world-famous Los Angeles attractions by using the Go Los Angeles Card. Choose from attractions such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Dolby Theatre® Guided Tour and Universal Studios Hollywood on three, five and seven-day cards. All-Inclusive passes offer unlimited access to attractions over a specific amount of days. Save up to 55 percent on combined admission versus paying at the gate. Get instant digital access to the tickets and scan at attraction entrances for admission. In addition, get an extra 5 percent discount from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 when purchasing Go Los Angeles 2 Day Cards from C Trip's website.
A modern American restaurant featuring a daily changing menu with locally sourced ingredients and a stylish design, James Republic is featuring a traditional Chinese theme for its popular pop-up lunch series from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Lunch reservations are highly recommended - visit the restaurant website or call (562) 901-0235.