Chinese New Year 2013
Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China, just like the Christmas in the west. The festival is based on Chinese lunar calendar, begins from the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the fifth day of the first lunar month (Lantern Festival). It is the time of year to bid farewell to the past year and usher in the New Year. To celebrate it, people even prepare for it several days ahead, such as clean house, purchase goods, etc. On the New Year's Eve, wherever they are, people will go home to have the reunion dinner with their families, watch Spring Festival Gala, set fireworks and firecrackers and stay up late to watch in the New Year. During the festival, the whole nation plunges into celebrating, entertainment and eating. Colorful folk activities will be carried out to celebrate the New Year such as lion dance, dragon dance, Yangko, temple fair, flower fair and so on.
When does Chinese New Year fall in 2013?
Chinese New Year usually falls in the months of January and February in western calendar. In 2013, it will be celebrated on Sunday, February 10 and lasts for 15 days till Lantern Festival on Sunday, February 24.
Year of Snake 2013
Chinese Zodiac relates each year to an animal based on a twelve-year cycle. The year is the year of snake.
Statutory holiday's dates of 2013 Chinese New Year
People will enjoy 2013 Chinese New Year Holiday from Feb. 9 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to Feb. 15. Weekends on Feb.16 and 17 are working days. During the holiday, you may see many sectors like offices, some shops, and factories are closed. But don't worry, most restaurants, hotels, airports and tourist spots will be open for business.
Experience Chinese New Year like locals!
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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.