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Date Nights DC Itinerary: Chinese New Year


The Chinese Lunar New Year in 2016 welcomes the Year of the Monkey. Visit the National Zoo’s small mammal house to meet Reubin and Jolla, the zoo's pair of howler monkeys. Of course, you'll also want to visit the National Zoo's famous Giant pandas, native to central China. Meet the whole family: Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, Bao Bao and the newest addition, panda cub Bei Bei.


Head over to The Sackler Gallery of Art, DC's Smithsonian museum dedicated to Asian Art (it's sister museum, the Freer, is closed until 2017). Check out the new exhibit Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D (Jan. 30-Dec. 2016), an interactive installation that explores the sixth-century, life-size limestone sculpture and a companion 3D model.

Asia Nine’s relaxing, positive energy can be compared to making a trip to the Orient. Tour the world in one location as the Asian fusion cuisine takes you to Korea, Laos, Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand.

Check into the chic, Asian-inspired Topaz Hotel and take advantage of their “Give Yourself Some Credit” package, which grants an affordable rate along with a $25 credit towards your choice of restaurant dining, in-room dining or in-room spa services.

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