Chinese New Year 2015 - The Year of Horse

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Date of Chinese New Year 2015: Feb.18, 2015 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to Mar. 5, 2015 (Lantern Festival)

Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China. It begins on the first day of the first lunar month (usually in late January or early February) and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month (Lantern Festival).

Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Celebrations include having annual reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve, setting firecrackers, giving lucky money to children, ringing the New Year bell, sending Chinese New Year greetings, dragon and lion dancing, and Niu Yangge (traditional dance in northern China).

About Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)

Traditional Customs for Chinese New Year

Traditional Customs for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration is the most important celebration of the year. Chinese people may celebrate the Chinese New Year in slightly different ways but their wishes are almost the same; they want their family members and friends to be healthy and lucky during next year. >> more details

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Day-by-Day Chinese New Year Celebrations

Day-by-Day Chinese New Year Celebrations

People in Chinese usaully celebrates the Chinese new year for 16 days, from the Chinese new year's eve to the 15th day of Chinese new year - the lantern festival. The following is a detailed introduction of the day-by-day celebration of Chinese new year. >> more details

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Chinese New Year Taboos

Chinese New Year Taboos

For many people, Chinese New Year is a religious festival as well as a lot of fun. It began long ago when there was only one religion which has many gods and spirits. Nowadays, New Year is also celebrated in the temples of newer faiths. >> more details

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Chinese New Year Dates from 2014 to 2024

Chinese New Year Dates from 2015 to 2024

Chinese New Year date is different every year. Generally speaking, it distributes between January 21st and February 22nd. Lots of people can understand Chinese Lunar Calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar, so the New Year dates on the two calendars are different, but, how can the Chinese New Year date itself has a so wide range? >> more details

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Chinese New Year Food

Chinese New Year Food

Chinese New Year Foods are very important to Chinese people. All family members come together to eat at this time. Chinese New Year foods are not only delicious but it is traditional to eat certain foods over this festival, such as Chinese dumplings, fish, spring rolls, Nian Gao (sticky rice cake). >> Read More

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Chinese New Year Travel Tips

Chinese New Year Travel Tips

Traveling China during the period of chinese new year has both advantages and disadvantages. It is wise to weight up if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. >> more details

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Chinese New Year Legends

Chinese New Year Legends

Spring Festival is also called Guo Nian in Chinese. Guo means pass over and the Nian or "Year" in Chinese refers to a mythical beast that will bring bad luck. >> more details

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Chinese New Year Greetings

Chinese New Year Greetings

Find out how Chinese people greeting to each other in Chinese New Year and learn simple Chinese language on Chinese New Year Greetings. >> more details

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Top Chinese New Year Destinations

Beijing Travel

1. Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, is a combination of tradition and modern prosperity. The Temple Fair is one of the most important celebrations during the Chinese New Year period in Beijing. Many other activities will be held, such as Spring Festival carnivals, Peking Opera, acrobatics and tea culture displays. You will easily get into the spirit of Chinese New Year when the whole city is in festive mood. >> more details

Hong Kong Travel

2. Hong Kong

Temperature averages 16°C (61°F) in Hong Kong during the period of Chinese New Year. The celebrations have some differences from what people in Mainland China do. The most popular celebrations are the magnificent fireworks display at Victoria Harbor, the Chinese New Year Parade, strolling in night-long flower markets, New Year horse racing, shopping and New Year prayers.  » View Details

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3. Harbin

Harbin in Northeast China is a popular winter destination to experience its snow world. It has the best quality snow in China. During Chinese Spring Festival, it’s the best time to go skiing and to see Harbin Ice and Snow World. The Yabuli International Ski Resort in Harbin is the best and largest ski resort in China.

Harbin Ice and Snow World is a place to see amazing ice carvings and it is more beautiful at night decorated by colorful lights. Besides, St. Sophia Cathedral located in the downtown of Harbin is the largest Orthodox Church in Far East areas. Central Avenue is bustling walking street decorated with festive atmosphere. Dumplings are one of necessary food during the New Year.

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Chengdu Travel

4. Chengdu

In the southwest of China, Chinese Spring Festival journey in Chengdu is more unforgettable. As the home town of Chinese giant pandas, travelers should not miss the pandas. Another highlight in Chengdu is Sichuan Face-changing Opera. The face-changing performances are amazing and fantastic.

Sichuan cuisine is one of famous 8 Chinese cuisines in China. Spicy and hot flavors are major flavors of Sichuan cuisine. If you travel to Chengdu, you should not miss its local snacks. During the Chinese Spring Festival, local families get together to play mahjong or have tea. Travelers can join them or have a cup of tea to enjoy festive atmosphere when you have a chance.

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Hong Kong Travel

5. Shanghai

Shanghai is full of parties during Chinese New Year. A large-scale of firework displays on New Year’s Eve is the first thing not to miss in Shanghai. At the 4th day of New Year, Shanghai is livelier even than Chinese New Year’s Eve. Families light firecrackers to welcome birthday(5th of the first month on Chinese lunar calendar)of the god of wealth.

In addition, the City God Temple is more worth visiting than usual. There are some activities held around the temple. Travelers can also have a taste of different local snacks such as Xiaolongbao (small steamed bums). Besides, travelers can try to have some Tang-yuan (sweet rice ball) with best wishes of reunion together which plays an important role in Chinese culture.

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Sanya Travel

6. Sanya

Sanya in Hainan Province is a warm destination to experience the New Year. Beautiful islands with warm temperature are a paradise for people who are from cold places. To watch a sunrise in the morning or sunset in the evening is a lovely thing to do in Sanya especially in winter. Travelers can also even dive in warm sea water.

Compared with other islands in China, Sanya is a perfect place to enjoy comfortable beach and sea water with a pleasure climate in winter. Some people will come to Sanya to celebrate Chinese Spring Festival, so price of hotels maybe go up.

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Hong Kong Travel

7. Guangzhou

Guangzhou in the south edge of China is one of the most traditional areas to experience Chinese New Year. Travelers can watch lion dance on streets in the morning of Chinese Spring Festival. The lion dance is a traditional celebration widely held since the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD).

Guangzhou Flower Fair is another highlight at the time. The Flower Fair lasts from Chinese New Year Eve to the 15th day of first month in Chinese lunar calendar which is Lantern Festival. Niangao (New Year cake) is a symbol food not to miss during the period. If travelers want a warmer place to stay, Hong Kong is one of the best places in China. At the same time, Guangzhou is an easy gateway to Hong Kong.

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8. Yunnan Province

Yunnan Province is also a warm destination in winter but much cheaper than Sanya. Chinese Spring Festival atmosphere isn’t as strong as the North China. Less travelers during Chinese Spring Festival, traveler can experience unique natural scenery. It is the best time to see Yuanyang Terraced Fields, Red Fields in Dongchuan and Luoping Cole Flowers Fields.

A large-scale of cole flowers are open in February, March or April, numerous travelers head to Luoping after Chinese Spring Festival. To visit Luoping during Chinese Spring Festival holiday is much less crowded and cheaper. Yuanyang Terraced Fields-one of World Heritage Site in China is full of water, so travelers can get some mirrored terraced fields photos.

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