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Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year, usually called as Spring Festival, is the most significant and ceremonious traditional festival celebrated by Chinese nation for over 4000 years. Starting from the first day of the first Chinese lunar month and lasting for 15 days till the celebration of Lantern Festival, Spring Festival is no doubt the longest Chinese festival with sufficient preparations from one week before the New Year’s Eve (called除夕"Chuxi" by Chinese), which is the first climax of the festival. It marks the pass of the previous year and a welcome to a brand new year, called as Guo Da Nian (过大年, literally means to pass a big year). On that day, no matter how far, people will go back home and the whole family will get together with great happiness to make dumplings together, enjoy a reunion dinner, watch Spring Festival Gala and stay up late (called “Shousui” by Chinese). Other unique celebration activities during the Chinese New Year Festival include setting off fireworks, pasting spring couplets and New Year paintings, worshiping to gods, enjoying dragon dances and lion dances, paying New Year visits, holding kinds of New Year’s garden parties, etc.

The Date of Chinese New Year 2012

The Spring Festival of 2012 begins from Monday, January 23 (the first day of the first Chinese lunar month), and lasts for 15 days till Monday, February 6, the Lantern festival.

The Year of Dragon 2012

The New Year 2012 belongs to the year of dragon according to the Chinese Zodiac. As Chinese nation compare themselves to the descendants of dragon (an auspicious symbol considered by Chinese), the year of dragon is always believed to be the luckiest year which only happens every 12 years. In this year, more people will start their new projects or careers, or marry and give birth to “a baby of dragon year”, and definitely, the celebration of the new year of dragon will always grander and more magnificent than ever…>>more

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  • Origin of Chinese Festival

    It is believed that Chinese people have celebrated the Spring Festival for around 4000 years. About the origin of Spring Festival, opinions vary. Some say that Spring Festival roots from some witchcraft ceremony in ancient China, so activities and taboos during the festival revolve around counteracting evil force and praying for good fortune...Read more

  • The Dragon Year 2012

    According to the Chinese tradition and lunar calendar, there are twelve different animals with different symbolic spirits in Chinese Zodiac, namely Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Pig. And your sign is determined by the year you were born. The Year of Rabbit occurs in the year of 2011...Read more

  • Celebrations & Food

    As a most ancient and ceremonious festival celebrated for thousands of years, Spring Festival boasts a great many of exclusive customs and habits, celebration activities and traditional food which are handed down from ancestors. Though ways of celebration are different in areas more or less, there are some steadfast customs and activities....Read more

  • Best Places to Visit

    With the coming of the annual Spring Festival, every city in China, especially the big cities, is always dressed up with vivid Chinese traditional decorations such as red lanterns and welcomes the New Year by holding all kinds of official and folk activities. Come to China and join us during the Chinese Lunar New Year of 2011 and see how cities...Read more

Spring Festival Tour Packages in China

  • from $3876 Days Traditional Beijing Spring Festival Tour

    Destination: Beijing

    Features:Beijing is rich in history and culture, the Great wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Those heritage sites will take you back to thousands years ago when you enjoy here, the image that you dream in your mind for a longtime now become a reality....

  • from $5315 Days Memorable Guilin Spring Festival Tour

    Destination: Guilin

    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 ...

  • from $10159 Days Golden Triangle Spring Festival Tour

    Destination: Beijing,Xi'an,Shanghai

    Features: The tour covers the two famous ancient capitals and one modern metropolis. Beijing is so rich in heritage sites and culture, the Great wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Xian was the capital of 13 dynasties in history, well-known for the incredible Terracotta Army...

  • from $192015 Days Splendid China Spring Festival Tour

    Destination: Hongkong,Guangzhou,Guilin,Xi'an,Beijing,Shanghai

    Features: This tour will take you to Chinas southern and northern cities during the Spring Festival, their unique tradition vary and you will have a in-dept touch of the brilliant Chinese folk culture...

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