Before long, our sister magazine the Beijinger will be publishing a list of businesses, bars, concert venues, restaurants, and public attractions that will remain open during the upcoming Spring Festival (February 7-13). If you and your family will be spending the holidays in Beijing, this guide is tailor-made for you.
- Fundazzle: Open as normal. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm.
- Sony ExploraScience: Closed February 7-8. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7.30pm, closed on second Monday and Tuesday of each month.
- Beyou World: Closed February 2-9. Daily 10am-7pm.
- EE City: Closed February 5-9. Tue-Sun 10.30am-3pm, 4-8.30pm.
- baby international: Closed February 7-10. Daily 10am-7pm.
- Kerry Adventure Zone: Open as normal. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm.
- Mitty Jump: Open as normal. Daily 9am-9pm.
- PPkids: Open as normal. Daily 10am-9pm.
- Family Box: Closed February 7-11. Holiday opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm.
- Element Fresh: Open as normal (check the Beijinger for a complete list of locations and opening hours).
- Wagas: Open, but with limited hours (not confirmed yet); each branch will have slightly different operating hours. These should be posted on the door soon.
- Moka Bros: On February 7 (the eve of Spring Festival), all three branches will close early at 5pm. They will remain closed on February 8 and resume regular operating hours on February 9. Sanlitun branch: Daily 8am-10.30pm. Solana branch: Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. The Place branch: Daily 8am-10pm.
- Green Cow City Cafe: Closed February 1-19.
- The Rug: Both branches will be closed from February 5-15.
- Gung Ho! Pizza: All branches will be closed February 6-13.
- Annie’s: Annie’s Chaoyang Park, Sanlitun, and The Place branches will be open as normal, but the other branches will be closed for the entirety of Spring Festival. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm (delivery).
Most shopping malls will be open as normal, though select shops may be closed or have limited operating hours. Most movie theaters, attractions, and hotels – as well as their attached restaurants and cafes – will also be open, though it’s always best to call ahead and check.
Keep in mind that places are more likely to be closed around the eve and first day of Spring Festival (known as Chu Xi and Chu Yi in Chinese).
A great way to celebrate Spring Festival is by visiting a Beijing temple fair; look out for my roundup of temple fairs in the February 2016 issue of beijingkids scheduled for release on February 1.
Sijia Chen is a contributing editor at beijingkids and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, education, travel, environment, and culture. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, The Independent, Midnight Poutine, Rover Arts, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @sijiawrites or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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