Top Destinations to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Undoubtedly the most important festival in the Chinese calendar - Chinese New Year - is the time to celebrate with friends and family. Always a dramatic and colourful affair with events that introduces the use of modern technology with traditional heritage. But where is the best place to celebrate this monumental occasion?
It’s a given that Beijing will celebrate Chinese New Year with a bang! It’s the most anticipated festival of the year. A time to enjoy and have fun with family and friends. In Beijing, you will come across colourful events, carnivals, dance, music and acrobatic performances. Head to Temple Fairs for the annual martial art displays of lion and dragon dances.
2. Hong Kong
The biggest festival in Hong Kong is celebrated differently from mainland China. Marking this occasion with a unique fusion of modern fun and ancient customs. Kicking off the celebration with a night parade at Tsim Sha Tsui. Full of fun, festivity and fireworks where else would you go to ring in the New Year?
Head to Chinatown in London to celebrate with some cultural performances on an outdoor stage, as well as the traditional lion and dragon dances and Chinese acrobatics, until nightfall and end all festivities with a fireworks display.
In north-eastern China, Harbin is home to the ice and snow festival here you can expect to see amazing snow carvings, ice lanterns and of course fireworks. Celebrate with friends in the freezing temperatures and don’t be afraid to feed the Siberian tigers while you are there.
5. Sydney, Australia
Sydney centres most of the action in Chinatown and Darling harbour. Hosting more than 80 events during this spectacular celebration including dragon boat races, lunar feasts, dragon ball and lion dance and the twilight parade completed with fireworks, of course.
6. San Francisco
Probably celebrating the New Year for the longest time out of all the locations on the list apart from China. Stretching the occasion to last 2 weeks, starting with a flower fair and the community street fair and ending with a parade. It’s safe to say that celebrating in San Francisco you will never get bored of the festivities.
7. Georgetown, Malaysia
With its rich mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian heritage, Penang is one of the best places outside mainland china to celebrate the lunar New Year. Chinese New Year is never complete without dragon dances, singers and fireworks all happening around you whilst 240,000 lights illuminates the landmark Kok Lok Si Temple. Definitely the place for the whole package of fun entertainment and rich culture and heritage.