According to Population of Qatar by nationality – 2017 report published in February 2017 by the website called http://priyadsouza.com, there are only less than 10,000 Chinese expats in Qatar. They are ranked 21st on the list closely following USA which is on the 20th spot with Indians, Nepalese, Bangladeshis, and Filipinos being the four largest expat communities.
However, since Qatar is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions, people have grown to appreciate, respect and love these differences. In fact, over the years of traveling and staying in this country, we have become “citizens of the world” and we somehow adopt the food, clothing, language, and beliefs that influenced our lives.
Coincidentally, the month of February is giving us some quirky reasons to celebrate and wear something red. First, we know Valentines Day. But prior to that, a good percentage of our population also celebrates Chinese New Year. And good enough, although they only make up a few percentages in population here, their global culinary influence has grown so tremendous that many hotels and restaurants are offering their renowned Chinese delicacies.
Photos during the food tasting event at Shangri-la Doha for their CHINESE NEW YEAR celebrations from February 4 to 11 at the Shanghai Club.
In no particular order, here are 19 BEST CHINESE RESTAURANTS IN DOHA:
1. Shanghai Club at Shangri-La Doha
2. Ruby Wu’s at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha
3. Teatro at City Center Rotana Doha
4. Hwang at Intercon The City
5. Chizen at Oryx Rotana
6. Hakkasan at St. Regis Doha
7. Forknife at Movenpick Westbay Doha
8. D’Chopstix – Holiday Villa Doha
9. Shanghai Memory Restaurantat Safa Hotel
10. PF Changs
11. The Noodle House
12. Wok of Fame
13. Royal Bafilyon Restaurant
14. Shanghai Garden Restaurant
15. Three Peppers Restaurant
16. Golden Dragon
18. The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
19. Asiana Xpress
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Few Facts about Chinese New Year
There’s no set date for Chinese New Year. According to the Lunar calendar, the Spring Festival is on January 1st and lasts until the 15th (the full moon). Unlike western holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, when you try to calculate it with the solar (Gregorian) calendar, the date is all over the place.
Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20. In 2019, it occurs on February 5th. For a full list of dates and events check out our Chinese New Year calendar. (source: https://chinesenewyear.net/)
How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese
新 年 快 乐
The phrase literally means “Happy New Year.” But in Hong Kong and other Cantonese speaking regions, it’s more common to say “gong hei fat choy.” In Mandarin Chinese, it’s “gong xi fa cai” (恭喜发财). It means “congratulations on the fortune.” (source: https://chinesenewyear.net/)