Chinese New Year 2014
Chinese New Year, often called Spring Festival, is the most important festival of the year in China. It compares in importance to Christmas in the West. Spring Festival falls on the first day of the first lunar month and lasts for 15 days. The fifteenth day is Lantern Festival. Preparations for the festival began as early as two weeks before the festival begins to do home cleaning, purchasing of decorations and food. Virtually everyone in China returns to their hometown for New Year's Eve, where they will have a reunion dinner with their family and will watch the New Year's Gala every year on TV. At midnight, virtually everyone lights fireworks. It is a very exciting moment, when the entire night sky is lit up. Many traditional activities are carried out throughout China, such as the lion dance, dragon dance, temple fair, flower fair, and much more.
When does Chinese New Year fall in 2014?
Chinese New Year usually falls in the months of January and February. In 2014 Spring Festival begins on January 31st and lasts for 15 days, until Lantern Festival on Friday, February 14th.
Year of Horse 2014
The Chinese Zodiac runs on a twelve-year cycle, with every year symbolized by a different animal. It is believed that each animal has its own unique attributes and people born under that year share those attributes. 2014 is the year of the horse. It is said the horse symbolizes strength, energy and has an outgoing nature. People born under the year of the ... » more
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Origin of the Festival
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The Horse Year 2014
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Celebrations & Food
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Recommended China Spring Festival Tours
Features: Beijing is China's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as China's most important center for international trade and communications. For more than 800 years, Beijing was a capital city; 34 emperors have lived and ruled the nation in Beijing and their empires left Beijing a great number of treasures at all aspects. During the Spring Festival, people can still see the great heritage sites sent out...
Features: Guilin is famous all over the world and boasts with "the best landscapes under the heaven". The charming of Guilin lies in its characteristic krast landform with graceful hills, marvelous caves, beautiful waters and picturesque paddy fields and their hardworking and friendly possessors live along the banks of the Li River. During the Spring Festival, visitors can enjoy both the scenery beauties...
Destination: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
Features: The tour covers the two famous ancient capitals and one modern metropolis. Beijing is so rich in Chinese culture and heritage sites, e.g. temple fairs, Great wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Xi'an used to be the capital of 13 dynasties in Chinese history, well-known for the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses. These two cities will bring you a feeling of getting back to ancient China when you enjoy the Spring...
Destination: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin, Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai
Features: This tour will show you around China southern and northern cities during the Spring Festival. Their unique traditions vary and you will have an in-depth touch with these brilliant Chinese folk cultures. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terra-cotta Warriors, Li River Cruise, Hong Kong New Year Parade, Guangzhou Flower Fair... you will have much more than this during this joyous Chinese New trip.