The celebration of the New Year, also called the spring festival, is the longest and most important celebration for the Chinese population. In China the New Year is governed by the lunar calendar, the first new moon being the one that will start the spring and therefore the beginning of the year. Each New Year is marked by the characteristics of one of the 12 animals of the zodiac. This New Year 2018 will be the year of the dog and will be celebrated on February 16, 2018.
It is the best time of the year to experience the traditional Chinese culture. Being able to participate in the first person of these parties is an event. The colors, the aromas, the parades, the street shows, theaters, decorated streets and in general the animation that is breathed these days suppose an experience difficult to forget. If you are one of those who plan to travel to China this time of year, you should prepare very well.
On February 16, the Chinese New Year is celebrated, a national holiday that marks the beginning of the Spring Festival. During these holidays, which conclude on Wednesday, February 21, Chinese families not only enjoy their traditional activities (New Year’s dinner, delivery of red envelopes with money, gala on television, cultural events and street parades), They also travel to visit their loved ones, even to remote places and populations. Others decide to take advantage of this period to relax and do domestic tourism.
On Chinese New Year’s Day, the start of the Year of the Land Dog also coincides with the Aquarius Moon and the first solar eclipse of the year.
Most visited destinations by the Chinese in the New Year!
1) Sanya: known as “Florida of China,” it is one of the most popular cities of the island province of Hainan. Among other things, tourists prefer this destination because of the warm climate, since it is one of the most southern areas of the country.
2) Xiamen: a port city on the southwest coast of China. Its tourism success is because it is partially settled on the island of Gulangyu, where there are beaches, small shops, museums, old mansions and varied flora.
3) Kunming: capital of the province of Yunnan. It is a modern city known for many attractions, such as Daguan Park, Yuantong Temple, Stone Forest or Shilin, Lake Dian, Kunming Zoo and much more.
4) Beijing: the vast capital of the People’s Republic of China not only offers a pleasant experience for those who wish to enjoy the benefits of a modern city. But it includes in its heart ancient architecture and iconic sites such as the Forbidden City (imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties). The Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and, of course, an access route to the Great Wall of China!
5) Lijiang: located northwest of the province of Yunnan, is visited by the beautiful architecture of the old city (XIV century), the park called Black Dragon Pond, and the hot springs.
6) Guangzhou: a large port city in neighboring Hong Kong. More than 14 million people live there, according to data from 2016. It is one of the Chinese cities that have experienced greater economic and architectural development from the 20th century to the present day. In it, there are industrial zones, a technological park called City of Science, and destinations of interest such as Shamian Island, the Temple of Six Banyan Trees and Chimelong Paradise Park (the largest amusement park in China).
7) Shanghai: the country’s largest city and international financial center. Filled with product offers, restaurants, modern and old buildings, it is one of the favorite destinations of international visitors. The Bund seafront, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Yuyuan Garden, the Disneyland Park, the Shanghai Art Museum and much more offers this dynamic and expansive population.
8) Harbin: It is in Heilongjiang, the northernmost province of the country. Visitors always look for photographs in the Church of St. Sophia, which represents the Russian architectural model, and do not miss the opportunity to admire the huge ice sculptures in the sector known as World of Snow and Ice. The International Festival of Figures of Snow and Ice begins on January 5 and lasts a month, but usually extends if the weather permits.
9) Guilin: this wonderful city in northwest China is located next to the Li River. Its name means “forest of sweet olive trees”, due to the widespread presence of these trees in the region. Known for its karst topography, it has iconic natural sites such as the Elephant Trunk Hill and the Cave of the Flutes of Caña (cave of natural limestone with multicolored lighting).
10) Chengdu: capital of Sichuan province, southwest of China. It is known worldwide for having the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation space for visitors to contemplate these animals in their natural habitat.