Best Places to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Call it the Chinese New Year, Tet, Lunar New Year, or Spring Celebration, China’s most important, and longest celebrated holiday is also its most fun.  And you don’t have to be in Beijing to get the best of this holiday.  We’ve put together a list of the best places to celebrate.

Singapore
This is the best place to be if you can’t actually make it to China.  Not only does the country take two days off for the celebration, it’s also home to some of the most impressive celebrations outside of Beijing when Chinatown transforms into a kaleidoscope of lanterns, performers, street stalls and music.  Must-see events include:

  • Street Bizarre: Running from January 14th through February 2nd, the street bazaar will host more than 500 street stalls selling everything from decorations, to food, to custom made handicrafts.
  • Chingay Parade: Taking place on February 11th and 12th at 8pm, this year’s parade will run in front of the Pit Building near Marina Bay.  Expect to see more 7,400 performers, including international groups from places like China, Sri Lanka, and Denmark.
  • Hong Bao Carnival: Taking place on the Singapore riverside, this carnival runs from February 1st through 15th and includes outdoor artwork, performances, street stalls, and special this year, a special Ninjing Pavilion.

Hong Kong

Though many other large cities (such as Shanghi) lose much of their population during the New Year, Hong Kong stays packed with partygoers.  Popular events here include the Tsim Sha Tusi East night parade – which includes elaborate costumes, traditional floats, and lively music – as well as a huge fireworks display.  Though fireworks are available at the parade, for the best display, head to Victoria Harbor on the second night of the celebration for the most impressive display.

Ho Chi Minh City
Known here as the “Tet” Celebration, though Vietnam’s lunar New Year festivities run from Janaruy 19th through February 20th, the bulk of the street borne celebrations take place on the last three or four days of the holiday.  Expect exquisite decorations, lots of great food, and impressive fireworks.

Beijing
What better place to celebrate the Chinese New Year than in the epicenter of it all? China’s capital city, Beijing.  Highlights include the Delian Temple Fair, the performance of the Chinese Lion Dancers, and the amazing food.

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