Traditionally a time for family gatherings and feasting, for those pilgrims who find themselves celebrating Thanksgiving in China this year, it's likely to be less of the family and more of the feasting. And with ovens that are little more than glorified toasters, the plentiful offerings to be found in China's major cities are bound to be added to many an expat or traveler's list of things to be thankful for.
Though by no means exhaustive, here are a few pointers to send you in the right direction for a bellyful of turkey and pumpkin pie, and if all else fails? Grab yourself a Peking Duck.
The Beijinger have put together a comprehensive list of 40+ options for Turkey Day in the nation's capital with The Full Guide to Thanksgiving in Beijing 2010; from dining in to takeaway, they've got all bases covered. There's also a charity drive for the homeless to collect funds and hand out food and warm clothing on Thanksgiving evening. If you'd like to donate or volunteer, check the comments section of the Beijinger post for more info or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1368-1378-153.
For Shanghai-dwellers, check out smartshanghai's The Big List: Thanksgiving Dinners for citywide dine-in and delivery options. Shanghai Expat's Dennis Ming has put together some fun alternative suggestions for how to celebrate if you're strapped for cash or just not that down with tradition in Thanksgiving 2010 Shanghai: Alternatives to Dining Out.
Perhaps it's something to do with the British legacy but Thanksgiving offerings in Hong Kong are surprisingly thin on the ground outside of the 4 and 5-star hotels but Rory Boland at Go Hong Kong has done the legwork and offers a few recommendations for Thanksgiving in Hong Kong.
In Guangzhou, Danny's gets a numerous forum mentions as does Hooleys and the Westin with all three putting on tempting sounding spreads. As for where to have your turkey feast in Shenzhen? Shenzhen Party have the answers.
For other cities, check out the local city guide listings and remember, 4 and 5-star international hotels in China will usually put on a buffet feast of epic proportions (just be sure to eat your weight in gourmet delights to get your money's worth!).
Wherever you are, eat, drink and be merry—Happy Thanksgiving folks!