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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year © Caseman
Chinese New Year © Caseman

In Beijing, the Chinese New Year is a raucous, colourful and riotous occasion, with boys and girls on stilts, life-sized puppets and costumed carousers singing and dancing in the streets. The Eastern Mountain Taoist Temple hosts the New Year Temple Fair, where one can find some respite from the revelling in the main hall, which features a Taoist orchestra playing traditional flutes and pipes.

New Year also starts with a bang in Shanghai, where spectacular and loud fireworks displays resound across the city all night. Traditionally, the noise is necessary to frighten off evil spirits for the coming year.

During the national holiday, the Bund and clubs throughout the city are packed with revellers, making for a city-wide party. All over China there are raucous celebrations over this period, making it a truly thrilling time to visit any of the big cities.

Date: 25 January 2020