A celebration for a new year

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Celebrating the Year of the Horse in China. Pic credit@enghunan.gov.cn

Planning for a late winter holiday this week? How about making a trip to China and celebrating their Lunar New Year, along with others may experience all the colourful festival activities. Popularly known as the Chinese Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year has more than 4,000 years of history and is one of the most majestic, and the most important festival for Chinese people.

Many travel to China during this period. Called the largest annual human migration in the world, those who travel during this festive season may be in for an exceptional experience. With the bazaars all decorated and streets all illuminated with Chinese lamps and lanterns, visiting China during its most festive season may be a beautiful time of the year. The New Year, (The Year of the Dog) which commences on January 26 this year, aims to go on until February 16. Apart from this, the nature, history, culture and the fast-paced life in China are reasons enough to visit the country for an unforgettable experience.

With the locals spending time with their families cooking reunion dinners and decorating their homes, this festive period may present an opportunity for tourists to tour busy Chinese cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Xian, as the roads leading to the main spots in the city may be limited with traffic. Seize the opportunity to visit attractions, such as Shanghai Museum, the Yu Garden (the Garden of Happiness) and the Bund, a waterfront area in Shanghai.

Prefer exploring the rich and diverse culture of China? This may be the best time to visit major tourist hotspots such as The Great Wall, the longest wall built for defence, the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which houses thousands of life-size figures with individually unique faces, hair, and uniforms. For a peek into the 2,000-year-old Chinese architecture, visit the Forbidden City, which is the world’s largest palatial complex built in traditional Chinese architecture from the Ming Dynasty.

Nature lovers may find China to be a haven. With diverse natural wonders, there is a vast choice between visiting deserts, rivers, beautiful seashores, and mountains. The mountains have become an important part of Chinese history, philosophy, and art, so much the local public considers some sacred. For example, the surreal fog-covered peaks of the Huangshan Mountains or the Yellow Mountains inspired the fantastical landscapes in James Cameroon’s Avatar and the stunning scenery of the
Karst Mountains in the Li River Valley illustrate the 20 RMB bank note.

Visiting China during this time might prove to be a boom for shopping. As per tradition, every family in China does a thorough house cleaning during this time and buys new decorative items for their home. To attract more buyers, most of the shops run special discounts and offers during this time. From trendy clothes to modern jewellery, to fake handbags, and amazing souvenirs, shopping in China may be addictive.

The Chinese cuisine is another reason one may enjoy visiting China. Whatever the festivities, the food here has a character of its own, with almost all the dishes having a story or a history attached to it. The food here may be so diverse an entirely separate piece might need to be written dedicated solely to the Chinese cuisine, however for now, this mention may have to do it justice. With so much incredible things to do, plan a trip to China and take home a lot of amazing memories.

How do other places around the world celebrate New Years?


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