April musts: go from a chill flower fest in Beijing to an exhilarating acrobatic exhibition in Macau
Spring fling in Beijing
Done the hanami in Japan and keen to continue with the cherry blossom viewing? Then make for the Yuyuantan Cherry Blossom Festival, held at Yuyuantan Park in Haidian district, Beijing — the park is known to house one of the largest cherry orchards in China. From late March to April each year, around 2,000 cherry trees (of over 30 different species) become the highlight of the green lung, drawing visitors from all over the world. Enhance your flower-viewing experience with boating trips on the lake or discovery walks (there are several other species of flora) around the park. Entrance to the park costs RMB10 (about P75) and it’s currently open daily from 6am to 8.30pm. yytpark.com
Bottoms up in Tokyo
If you’re looking for a tipple to toast to your holiday and new adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun, you might like to dip into Craft Sake Week (April 19–29). Held at Roppongi Hills Arena, each day’s events feature a selection of 10 breweries, accompanied by a theme (yet to be released at press time) — that’s a whopping 110 breweries showcased over 11 days. There are also food offerings from 15 gourmet restaurants to help you get through each ochoko (cup) of sake. Pre-game tip: Download the Sakenomy app (from the Apple App Store or Google Play store), which features a database of over 10,000 sakes, updated daily. Use it to scan and record each sake that you sample, and then compare notes with Sakenomy users across the globe. Kanpai! craftsakeweek.com
Thrills and spills in Macau
Set in the year 2088, Elēkrŏn (until April 28) is a 75-minute show whose post-apocalyptic story is told through daring acrobatics, pyrotechnics, stunt sequences and cars that sport the latest Tesla technology. Elēkrŏn will bring your Mad Max fantasies to life — with you sitting at a super-safe distance. Catch it at the Studio City hotel and casino resort in Cotai, Macau. Tickets start at HK$280 (about P1,850) per adult and HK$224 (about P1,480) per child. elekronshow.com
This article first appeared in the April 2019 issue of Smile magazine.