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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year © Caseman
Chinese New Year © Caseman

Chinese New Year is a famously festive period. In Beijing it is a noisy, colourful, and riotous occasion. Boys and girls on stilts, life-sized puppets, and costumed carousers sing and dance in the streets. Not a whole lot of sleep is possible during this week of celebration. The Eastern Mountain Taoist Temple on the east side of the city hosts the New Year Temple Fair, where one can find some respite from the revelling in the main hall, featuring a Taoist orchestra playing traditional flutes and pipes.

New Year also starts with a bang in Shanghai, where exuberant and exceedingly loud fireworks displays resound across the city all night long on China's most merry of celebrations. Not everyone appreciates the scale of the fireworks, but 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 thronged 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: 5 February 2019