5 Best Places to Go for Chinese New Year
China is large in territory, therefore the landscape and New Year customs vary a lot in different places. The top recommended destinations to spend the Chinese New Year should be Beijing, Xi’an and Pingyao, which are all historical cities keeping the most authentic New Year activities of north China. A tour to Harbin in the far north would give you an exceptional experience of ice and snow funs, while a holiday in Guangzhou in the warm south would be a refreshing time with spring flowers.
One thing should be done beforehand – book hotels and train or flight tickets as early as possible, in case of being affected by the annual Spring Festival Travel Rush. Then pick up the following guidelines on the 5 best Chinese New Year destinations, where you can feel the essence of this greatest festival to the fullest!
Best Places to Go:
2. Summer Palace: plum blossom and wintersweet bonsais show; skating on Kunming Lake.
3. Beihai Park: temple fair; skating.
4. Beijing Botanical Garden: orchid show; skating.
5. Longqing Gorge: ice lantern festival; ice and snow sculpture shows.
6. Huaibei International Ski Resort: ski while appreciating the winter scenery of Great Wall around the resort.
Best Places to Go:
2. Giant Wild Goose Pagoda: bell-ringing ceremony on the Lunar New Year’s Eve.
3. Daming Palace Site Park: song and dance performance; local shehuo performance.
4. Yongxingfang: authentic Xi’an snacks; traditional handicraft showcase including sugar figurines and papercutting.
5. Tang West Market: temple fair; local art performances.
6. Cuihua Mountain: skiing; festive activities with ice and snow.
Best Places to Go:
2. Sun Island: International Snow Sculpture Art Expo; International Snow Sculpture Competition; winter swimming in Songhua River.
3. Zhaolin Park: Ice Lantern Garden Party.
4. Yabuli Ski Resort: The longest alpine ski run in Asia.
5. Snow Town: snow fairyland for photography; various winter sports like skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling; traditional New Year decorations; interesting folk activities of northeast China.
Top Things to Do:
2. Enjoy Night View: Major streets are decorated with red lanterns, and a colorful lantern show is held outside the South Gate of the Ancient City.
3. Watch Shehuo Parade: Shehuo is a famous local festive activity. In the South Street, West Street, Government Office Road, and City God Temple Road, you can see the costumed Shehuo parade with traditional yangko dance, waist drum, stilt walk, dragon and lion dance, land boat, and fan dance.
4. Folk Performance: The square outside the South Gate holds various shows, including local opera and monologue story-telling. Inside the Ancient City, there are the ancient county governor’s inspection tour, guest welcoming ceremony, and acrobatic shows.
Where to Go & What to Do:
2. Flower City Square: The square and the nearby Haixinsha Park are best sites to enjoy the night view – the Canton Tower, Pearl River, and the New Year Light Concert.
3. Yuexiu Park: festival lantern fair at night.
4. Guangfu Temple Fair: Starting from the 15th day of the New Year, it is a weeklong event held around Zhongshan Road and Beijing Road, with folk performances, costumed parade, handicraft shows, and local food market.
Tip: If time permits, travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong to spend the holiday. The New Year horse racing in Sha Tin Racecourse, the flower fair in Victoria Park, and the decorated vehicles parade are the highlights. The nearby Macau is also worth going. Even officials are permitted to play in the casinos during the festival.
Destinations Abroad for the Festival
If you have not got a travel plan to China yet, alternatively, you may spend the festival in the Chinatowns. There are many Chinatowns in countries like the USA, Canada, UK, France, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Thailand, where there are decorations of red lanterns, Chinese style costumed parade, dragon and lion dances, and other performances and activities.
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I am looking for a tour to many cities in china during chinese new year.
Take Guiyang as an example, as far as I know the local people will go to worship in temples. Besides, they have similar custom with other cities.