Kempinski Blog Article
With Chinese New Year on the horizon, most people are aware of the celebrations surrounding the celebration – fireworks, decorations and red letter gifts. Given China's size, history and culture however, there are all sorts of local traditions that go beyond the national festivities.
Taking place over the 27th and 28th of January (although the celebrations stretch between late January and early February), here are some of the country's most fascinating Spring Festival celebrations.
Beijing temple fairs
Traditional Beijing New Year's parties take place in the capital's many parks, palaces and temple complexes. At these cherished places, thousands gather to enjoy folk music, magic acts, traditional crafts and more. Among the fairs are the Dragon Pool Park Cultural Temple Fair, popular for its fitness and martial arts-themed displays; the Chaoyang Park Temple Fair, which specialises in international performances; and the Grand View Garden Temple Fair, featuring a parade based upon the famous book, Dream of the Red Chamber.
Enjoy all of these fairs at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Centre.
Harbin's ice and snow parks
One of China's coldest, northerly cities, Harbin's New Year celebrations are heavily influenced by the ice and snow parks the city is so famous for. Massive ice and snow structures can be viewed, each fair lit up with vibrant, colourful light displays. The city centre has all sorts of events and festivities as well, subtly influenced by its Russian character. See it all while staying at Kempinski Hotel Harbin.
Guangzhou's flower fairs
Known as China's 'Flower City', the southern city of Guangzhou comes into bloom during the Spring Festival. As well as plant and flower stalls, the streets are decorated in huge floral displays that fill the city with fragrant smells and wonderful colours. Popular since the 1920s, the best-known are Xihu Flower Fair, Tianhe Flower Fair and Liwan Flower Fair.
However that’s not all, Guangzhou is also home to colourful and choreographed lion dance performances that wind through the streets to the sound of music and fireworks.
Hong Kong's mix of ancient and modern
Given its international character, it comes as no surprise that Hong Kong's Spring Festival celebrations take on a more modern, multicultural feel. Celebrations that can easily be enjoyed from the nearby Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen.
Visitors can contribute to charitable causes while trying their luck at the horse races at Sha Tin Racecourse, enjoy entertainment and music across the whole of the city, and see the enormous fireworks displays that light up the city come nightfall.
Chinese New Year is one of the best times to visit the country and experience the wide range of traditions it has to offer – book your trip today!