Chinese New Year 2011

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Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is an official holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Most people will have 7 days off work. In 2011, people will be off work from Feb 2, 2011 to Feb 8, 2011 for New Year celebrations.

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Chinese New Year 2011

  1. 1. Chinese New Year 2011Chinese New Year 2011 is the year of Rabbit, which begins on February3, 2011. A person born in the year of the Rabbit are friendly, outgoingand enjoy the company of a group of good friends.Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is an official holiday in mainland China,Hong Kong and Macau. Most people will have 7 days off work. In 2011,people will be off work from Feb 2, 2011 to Feb 8, 2011 for New Yearcelebrations.1. How to celebrate Chinese New Year?2. Chinese New Year Eve3. Chinese New Year Greetings4. Chinese New Year Travel Tips5. Chinese New Year Tours
  2. 2. How to celebrate Chinese New Year?Preparations for the New Year begin the last few days of the last moon, whenhouses are thoroughly cleaned and decorated, debts repaid, hair cut, newclothes purchased and New Year food prepared. Houses are festooned withpaper scrolls bearing auspicious antithetical couplet (as show on both side ofthe page) and in many homes, people burn incense at home and in thetemples to pay respects to ancestors and ask the gods for good health in thecoming months.House CleaningOn the days before the New Year, Chinese families give their houses athorough cleaning.House DecorationDays before the New Year festival, department stores, official buildings, officebuildings and streets will be decorated with Red Lanterns and Red Couplets.Chinese New Year EveOn New Years Eve, all the members of families come together to feast.Jiaozi, a steamed dumpling as pictured below, is popular in the north, whilesoutherners favor a sticky sweet glutinous rice pudding called nian gao.
  3. 3. Chinese New Year GreetingsOn the first day of the New Year, everybody wears new clothes and greetsrelatives and friends with bows and Gongxi (congratulations), wishing eachother good luck, happiness during the new year. In the first day of the NewYear, its customary for the younger generations to visit the elders, wishingthem healthy and longevity.Lucky Money"Lucky money" is the money given to kids from their parents, grandparentsand bosses to their employees as a New Year gift. The money is believed tobring good luck and ward off evil spirits, hence the name "lucky money".Parents and grandparents first put the money in small, especially-made redenvelopes and give the red envelopes to their kids in the first day of the NewYear. They choose to put the money in red envelopes because Chinesepeople think red is a lucky color. They wish the lucky color will bring theirchildren good luck in the coming year. This activity is often the kids favorite.During the period of New Year, Chinese people would friendly greet oneanother with some unique greetings as they come across each other. Hereare some新年快乐(xīn niān kuài lè) Happy New Year!
  4. 4. 过年好 (guò nián hǎo) Happy New Year!恭 喜 發 財 (gōng xǐ fā cái) happy and prosperous (It is always used as thephrase when one receiving gifts or luck money during Chinese New Year.)生意兴隆 (shēng yì xīng lóng) prosperous business万事如意 (wàn shì rú yì) good luck in every thing工作顺利 (gōng zuò shùn lì) everything goes well with your work阖家欢乐 (hé jiā huān lè) felicity of whole familyChinese New Year Travel Tips1. Trains will be much crowded during the period of Chinese New Year, so tryto avoid travelling by rail if at all possible.2. Arrange as much of your itinerary as possible beforehand, and makereservations for flights and hotels in advance.3. Chinese New Year usually comes on the coldest days of the year in China,soyou are advised to bring along enough warm clothes.4. Chinese New Year food is always rich in calorie, and people might get sickby having too much in a time. It’d better to prepare some medicines inadvance, and try to have a good control of the temptation of the delicacies.
  5. 5. Chinese New Year ToursMy Beijing China offers customers a great opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year Evejust as locals in Beijing do! New Year Celebration Activities Tour Price from: $59 p/p You will be picked up at the hotel to experience Chinese New Year celebration activities with locals. Chinese New Year is celebrated grandly and extensively across the country. Various cultural activities such as Fireworks, Dragon Dancing, Lion Dancing and othertraditional performances are arranged in parks and streets in cities and towns. As one ofthe citys busiest temple fairs, Ditan Park has become the gathering place where peoplecelebrate New Year and various kinds of activities are held here. Though its super crowdedevery new year in this place, Chinese always enjoy it. Beijing New Year Eve Celebration Price from: $187 p/p The guide and driver will pick you up at hotel on New Year Eve Morning. You will head to the local markets for shopping just as locals do to buy some New Year souvenirs or gifts. Then, take a Hutong tour. You can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrowalleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge)and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards. After touring the Hutong byrickshaw, you will join your host family to prepare the coming of the New Year. Learn howto write Chinese lucky expressions by Chinese calligraphy. You can also join them toprepare the New Years Eve dinner – dumplings and enjoy your fruit of labor. At midnightbells from the local bell tower sound out the New Year and the deafening sound ofthousands of firecrackers will erupt from every household and go on for ever to welcome inthe New Year. You can also join in burning fireworks with locals. Around midnight, you willreturn to the hotel as celebrations continue through the night.MorePlease feel free to contact us if you would like to customize your Chinese New Year
  6. 6. Celebration Tours.Source from:http://www.mybeijingchina.com/travel-guide/culture-of-beijing/chinese-festival/spring-festival.htmBeijing Tours: http://www.mybeijingchina.com/beijing-tours/

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