As part of their Welcome China program, the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau and Solvang Chamber of Commerce are offering businesses three ways to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year on Jan. 28 will usher in the Year of the Rooster, and the three promotions are running from Jan. 21 to Feb. 6, said Tracy Farhad, executive director of the Solvang CVB.

Temporary signs saying "Happy New Year" in both Chinese and English have been approved for businesses by the city and available through the Solvang chamber office.

Business owners can have signs delivered by calling 688-0701 or pick them up at the chamber offices in Frederik’s Court. Per city permit, the signs must be taken down by Feb. 6 and no other signs will be allowed.

Business owners and employees can also learn Chinese and receive an introduction to Chinese culture for $48 in a class from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the Fridays of Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, and 10 a.m. in the Allan Hancock College Solvang Center, 320 Alisal Road, No. 306.

A course description, registration forms and instructions are available by visiting www.solvangusa.com/group-tours/china-ready. The deadline to submit forms and pay the fee is Jan. 25.

Restaurants can have up to five menu items translated into Chinese for free through the Solvang CVB by submitting them on restaurant letterhead prior to Feb. 1.

The Chinese menus can be displayed for the same two-week period in a window or all year in permanent display cases permitted by the city.

Translated menu items can include photos of the food items, and Farhad noted Chinese diners prefer hot items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Items in Word documents can be sent to sales@solvangusa.com or submitted by calling Sarah at 688-6144.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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