Easter Holiday Weekender


Spring is well and truly here and Easter is fast approaching. For all of those who have given up a treasured item for lent this year, Easter Sunday on 20 April will really be a time to celebrate and potentially overindulge. Check out our ideas for how to celebrate the holiday and where to give thanks.

Easter Brunch At Light & Salt


Take in the spectacular view and wonderful food at Light & Salt’s Easter Brunch. Light & Salt is already fantastic value for money and their Easter Brunch promises not to disappoint. Complimentary pre-brunch Champagne cocktails will be served at Library Distillery before you are presented with starters and dessert stations along with a range of main courses, which include Lobster Eggs Benedict and omelettes, as well as classic brunch fare including roasted beefsteak, various fresh seafood and farm-to-table salads. The kids will also be kept entertained with a mini Easter egg hunt and well-stocked dessert station.


RMB 299 (per adult). RMB 159 (per child, 5 – 12 years of age). 11:30am until 2:30pm. 20 April, 2014. Light & Salt. Rock Bund, 6/F, 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu. Tel: 6361 1086. Web: www.light-n-salt.com

Make Hot Cross Buns And Roast Lamb


Hot cross buns, a rich spiced teacake made with currents or raisins and marked with a cross on top, are traditionally eaten during Lent, from Shrove Tuesday until Good Friday, with the cross being a symbol of the crucifixion. A roast lamb dinner on the other hand is a traditional European Easter Sunday meal that dates back to the first Passover of the Jewish people when a sacrificial lamb was roasted and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. We suggest baking your own hot cross buns and roasting a boned leg of lamb stuffed with fresh herbs, such as thyme and rosemary, served with spring vegetables.


Organise An Easter Egg Hunt In Your Local Community


There is nothing better than watching the excitement in a child’s (or adult’s) face as they discover a handful of chocolatey goodness in the form of a nest of Easter Eggs as they search through bushes and under cars, that is, unless you get to the chocolate first! If your compound or immediate vicinity doesn't already have a search organised, how about arranging one within the local community? Get some posters up around the local area to drum up interest and wake up early on Easter Sunday to plant the treats in your grounds. Then, sit back and watch the fun times, or myhem, unfold.


Picnic In The Park


Get out of the everyday grind by escaping to a vast expanse of greenery over at Century Park

Pudong with your loved ones on Easter Sunday. Take a blanket and a picnic hamper full of delicacies to while away the afternoon. Enjoy manning a motorised boat up and down the river, or simply play Pooh Sticks over the side of a bridge; a great family day out.


Century Park Pudong. Huamu Lu, near Fangdian Lu. Tel: 3876 0588. Web: www.centurypark.com.cn


Indulgent Easter Eggs From The Peninsula Shanghai


Spoil yourself with a beautifully personalised, limited edition chocolate Easter Egg from the Peninsula Boutique. Made from the finest chocolate in the world, Valrhina, once the shell of the egg is cracked open, a small note inside will inform the buyer whether they have won a luxurious prize. Prizes include a one-night stay at the Peninsula Hotel, Afternoon Tea at the Lobby or a silver-plated jewellery box amongst others.


RMB 580 (per Easter egg). Available from 1 April until 20 April. The Peninsula Boutique. B/F, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi

Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu. Tel: 2327 6901. Web: www.peninsula.com