September 14, 2017

Empire State Building Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival with Exclusive VIP Event for Chinese Visitors

NEW YORK (September 14, 2017) – The Empire State Building Observatory today announced that it will host an exclusive event on October 4, 2017, in honor of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. This upscale experience includes a luxurious evening of private shopping and dining, steeped in Chinese customs. The Empire State Building will also be lighting its world-famous tower lights in a dynamic display of gold and red, designed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, to celebrate the holiday.

Guests will begin the night with a private shopping event at luxury watch retailer Tourneau’s Fifth Avenue store with champagne provided by Moet Hennessy. A Mercedes Sprinter shuttle, arranged by top USA-based trip operator L&L, will transport guests to the Empire State Building where they will ascend eighty floors via a designated private elevator to a private dining event. There they will be serenaded by Chinese music ensemble Melody of Dragon while they enjoy dim sum, followed by a grand buffet provided by STATE Grill and Bar including the hallmark of the festival, traditional mooncakes.

Guests will cap off their evening with a visit to the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory where they will enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree open-air views of New York City and the moon when, according to custom, it is at its roundest and brightest. Guests also have the chance to win high-end prizes from sponsors Tourneau and Xianmen Air and will receive a gift bag filled with memorabilia to remind them of their magical evening.

“We’re excited to honor the festival’s tradition of people gathering under the moon as there is no better place to be with family and friends than our Observatory,” says Jean-Yves Ghazi, Senior Vice President of the Empire State Building Observatory. “Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival is a joy for the Empire State Building, as we continue to embrace time-honored traditions much loved by our numerous Chinese visitors.”

Tickets start at $499 and can be purchased at, or until September 28, 2017. The Empire State Building will also be offering a chance for two lucky winners to win tickets to this extravagant event on our Weibo and WeChat pages. For more information on the contest, please visit Sina Weibo or esbochina on WeChat (ID: esbochina).

About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit,, @EmpireStateBldg,, or

About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of June 30, 2017, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.