Beverly Hills Announces Inaugural Chinese New Year's Event Honoring "Year of the Dragon"

RELEASE DATE: Thursday, January 5, 2012

(January 5, 2012) - Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau announces one of the largest, public Chinese New Year celebrations on the west side of Los Angeles to take place on Friday, January 20, 2012, from 6-9pm, in Beverly Hills.

To kick off the "Year of the Dragon," Beverly Hills will transform Rodeo Drive with custom appointments including floral embellishments representing good fortune and cultural décor expressing power, wisdom and all the qualities of this enchanting Chinese symbol.  Engaging entertainment will start the evening followed by shopping and dining with specials and offers from 45 retailers and restaurants.

"We are thrilled to bring to life traditional Chinese entertainment and customs, from the magical lion dancing to the soulful thumping of the drum corps," said Beverly Hills Mayor, Barry Brucker.   "The City of Beverly Hills is proud to present this unprecedented event celebrating this important Chinese holiday.  We invite visitors, residents and locals throughout the Los Angeles area to join in on the festivities commemorating this colorful, family-centric tradition."

Prior to the public event beginning at 6pm, a private, VIP reception at Lladró on Rodeo Drive will take place where Beverly Hills dignitaries will greet members of the local Chinese business and tourism communities, officially welcoming these esteemed guests to the city.  Adding further excitement to the notable event, Lladró, the world renowned creator of fine porcelain, will unveil two different versions of a new limited edition piece, Auspicious Dragon. This sculpture transmits all the power, dignity and nobility of this mythological creature.

Beginning at 6pm, Rodeo Drive will come alive with traditional Chinese performances, including a lion dance and drum corps by the award-winning EAST WIND Dance Troupe out of Los Angeles' Chinatown.  In the spirit of the holiday, the first 1,000 attendees will receive a red Good Fortune envelope each filled with special offers from participating retailers and restaurants.  Exclusive gifts from Beverly Hills will be revealed in the envelopes of several lucky winners, with prizes valued at more than $200 a piece.

Boutiques throughout the Golden Triangle are welcoming customers with in-store refreshments, free gifts with purchase and extended shopping hours until 9pm.  Meanwhile, visitors can feast on restaurant deals, many featuring a nod to Asian cuisine, including a special Dim Sum menu at The Blvd at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel; a complementary sample of green tea at Café Rodeo at Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive; and Xi'an is hosting a Chinese New Year event complete with a Chinese musician and complimentary rice cake.  For a complete listing of participating merchants, visit www.lovebeverlyhills.com/dragon.

Beverly Hills Chinese New Year sponsors include Lladró, Beverly Hills Courier, The San Marino Tribune and Sing Tao Daily News.

Event Details:
  • Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
  • Time: 6 - 9pm
  • Cost: Complimentary public access.
  • Where: Entertainment centered at 400 block of Rodeo Drive; store openings and activities throughout the Golden Triangle.  The first 1,000 people to arrive and check in at the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau table located on the 400 block of Rodeo Drive near the Lladró boutique will receive a Good Fortune envelope.
  • Public Contact: For more information about the event, the public can contact Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau at 1 (310) 248-1015 or email info@lovebeverlyhills.com.
  • Website: Good Fortune terms and conditions and event details are listed at www.lovebeverlyhills.com/dragon.


About Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is one of the world's most sought-after locales.  Centrally located in greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills is a premier vacation and business travel destination, boasting beautiful year-round weather, acclaimed full-service and boutique hotel accommodations, sumptuous dining, world-renowned designer boutiques and incomparable shopping.  Synonymous with Hollywood glamour, Beverly Hills enjoys an international reputation as the home and playground of A-list movie stars.  The city is not only known worldwide for its grand mansions and chic shops along Rodeo Drive, but also for its multitude of art and architecture, spas and salons, and exceptional walkability.  Learn more at www.lovebeverlyhills.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

About Lladró

Lladró was established by the brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró in 1953 in Valencia, Spain. Since then, the brand has undergone an amazing metamorphosis from an artisan workshop to a huge firm that holds a presence in over 120 countries and is at the forefront of contemporary porcelain design. All Lladró pieces are the fruit of a painstaking handmade process of creation, still carried out entirely in the workshops of The City of Porcelain, in Valencia. The highest artistic and technical quality is achieved in each phase of this process.  For further information on Lladró, visit www.lladro.com.

About Beverly Hills Courier

The Beverly Hills Courier is the leading newspaper for Beverly Hills and the adjacent wealthiest areas of Los Angeles including Bel Air, Century City, Holmby Hills, Westwood, and the Wilshire Corridor.  Learn more at www.bhcourier.com.

About The San Marino Tribune

The San Marino Tribune, since 1929 the official newspaper of San Marino, is the leading English language newspaper for the emerging Chinese - American community.  Learn more at www.sanmarinotribune.com.

About Sing Tao Daily News

Sing Tao Daily, the longest-standing Chinese newspaper in Hong Kong published since 1938, is internationally recognized as one of the world's most widely-read Chinese dailies. Sing Tao Daily is positioned as a newspaper for both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese speaking readers. Highly respected for its objective and analytical reporting, the newspaper is best known for its property, business and education sections.