New Year's Eve dinner
Reasonable prices in high-end restaurants
New Year's Eve dinner, also called family reunion dinner or Spring Festival dinner, is the most important meal of the Spring Festival.
In contrast to "high-end" and expensive New Year's Eve dinners in previous years, most restaurants have lowered the price of the meal this year.
"It's convenient to have the family reunion dinner in a restaurant," says Mrs. Wu, a housewife from Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. "We can book a dinner in the restaurant where we usually eat and it won't cost too much, about 500 to 1000 yuan."
Although most restaurants have reduced the number of dishes in their dinner packages, an increasing number of people choose to eat out in a restaurant in order to avoid the bother of cooking at home.
In Beijing, more than 80 percent of New Year's Eve dinners have been booked up in restaurants including Emei Restaurant, Meizhou Dongpo, Donglaishun, Dasanyuan, and Guolin. Their Spring Festival food packages also sell well in these restaurants.
Many businesses are also targeting this opportunity, providing cooked or semi-finished Spring Festival food packages for consumers to choose on their online shopping websites.