Thanksgiving in China

Ever wondered how we celebrate Thanksgiving in China? Can you buy turkey in China and where do the expats go on this American Holiday?

Turkey in China

Turkey in China

Well, we decided to ask Tracy, who is on our Sourcing team from China, what her thoughts are on this American originated holiday.
Can you give us a few words that come to mind when thinking of Thanksgiving?
Turkey, discount, shopping mall, Magic Mayflower, western holiday, spending time with family, gratitude, feeling thankful to others.

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving yourself?
Not really, Thanksgiving in China isn't as big as Christmas for example. I do see that the Chinese media is giving Thanksgiving over the years more and more attention and the shopping malls are catching up with this. Most of the shopping malls in the bigger cities are giving big promotions and a lot of people will make use of these days to go shopping. I probably won't have a Chinese Thanksgiving dinner but I will go shopping for some good sales with my friends tonight!

How do you think American families celebrate thanksgiving?
The family members get together for a huge feast and celebrate.

Thanksgiving in China

Thanksgiving in China

In addition we asked some other Chinese coworkers:
What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

  • We don't celebrate this in China
  • Thanksgiving?
  • Supermarkets or shopping malls will celebrate this kind of day
  • Some of the staff will say happy thanksgiving when they send out an email
  • I did put 'Happy Thanksgiving' on my Weibo blog
  • I will probably do some discount shopping
  • I will feel thankful to others who help us in the past

So it seems that, in China, thanksgiving is not a big family event yet.

Chinese Thanksgiving

Chinese Thanksgiving

It's not that difficult to find a good juicy bird in Beijing this year. Turkey lovers can buy them for about 25RMB/kg at Sanyuanli Market or eat out at restaurants like Salt (RMB438-four courses), Krantzler's (RMB398) or at Cru's (RMB788).

We wish everybody a Happy (Chinese) Thanksgiving!

The CPG Team