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A Golden Week at Westfield San Francisco Centre

BY Michael Fickes

Westfield San Francisco Centre has embraced the National Day Golden Week holiday that runs from Oct. 1- Oct. 7 every year — in China.

During Golden Week, more than 120 million residents of the People’s Republic of China travel to visit family and friends in the People’s Republic and overseas. Large numbers visit San Francisco, home of the largest Chinatown outside of Asia.

National Day Golden Week may seem an awkward name for a holiday. The awkwardness no doubt stems from the difficulties inherent in translating Chinese into English. In fact, the Chinese have used the term National Day for more than 1,700 years to denote the birth or ascension of an emperor.

Today, it is the name of the official three-day holiday commemorating the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Weekends and perhaps a little finagling have stretched the three-day holiday to seven days of a National Day Golden Week ever since 1950.

To welcome this year’s National Day Golden Week visitors, Westfield San Francisco Centre will offer a host of special services, retail offerings and an exclusive menu at M.Y. China.

Services and amenities for all international travelers
When arriving at the Centre, out-of-town guests may stop by Westfield Guest Services and ask about the services and amenities provided to visitors.

Visitors from China will find a store directory in both English and Mandarin. The Mandarin directory notes the retailers that accept China UnionPay, the preferred method of payment in the People’s Republic and Taiwan. Guests may also use China UnionPay at Westfield Guest Services.

The Centre also offers LanguageLine, an on-demand three-way video interpretation service in over 200 languages including Mandarin, Cantonese and regional dialects. LanguageLine is available at Westfield Guest Services.

VIP Passport to Savings program
International visitors may also participate in the VIP Passport to Savings program, which entitles travelers to thousands of dollars in savings, special offers and services provided by dozens of participating shops and restaurants. The Centre supplies area hotels, visitor centers, tour operators and travel agents with vouchers.

M.Y China specialty menu
Centre restaurant M.Y. China offers authentic Chinese cuisine by celebrity chef and James Beard Award Winner Martin Yan.

Under Chef Yan’s direction, M.Y. China will prepare a special menu throughout Golden Week. Priced at $150 for two, the menu features five courses and new dishes prepared with rare ingredients. How about some crocodile and abalone?

Don’t decide yet. You might also choose Moose and Mixed Vegetables and turtle Soup.

If visitors crave another specialty cuisine, the Centre provides a variety of restaurant options from Pan Asian dishes to pizza and steak. The Food Emporium serves fresh fare from more than 15 gourmet eateries.

Bloomingdale’s specials
The Centre is home for Bloomingdale’s west coast flagship store and provides translated in-store signage and language assistance from over 20 Mandarin and Cantonese speaking employees. The store’s visitor center has special offers and multilingual directories. Bloomingdale’s also accepts all forms of China UnionPay.

All of this combines at Westfield San Francisco Centre from October 1 through October in celebration of National Day Golden Week.


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