7 Amazing Destinations to Visit for Chinese New Year Holiday 2018

By Shamilka Rasheed | 27, Dec, 2017
7 Amazing Destinations to Visit for Chinese New Year Holiday 2018

What are the best places to travel to for a Chinese New Year getaway in 2018? The Chinese New Year will fall on 16th February 2018 starting off the Year of the Dog. With the dates getting closer, taking a trip to experience colourful, vibrant celebrations will be fun. This traditional holiday is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival and is celebrated worldwide with festivities that are unique to the destinations. Check out the places listed below to find out which one is perfect for your next trip

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1. Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong should be your first stop if you are wondering where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in China itself. The three-day celebrations are with blended ancient traditions and customs with some modern elements too, complete with festivities, traditional performances and dancers in colourful costumes. The highlights of the celebrations include the spectacular fireworks at Victoria Harbour. Don’t miss the evening parade that goes through Tsim Sha Tsui that features vivid, colourful floats along with dragon and lion dancers too.

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Hong Kong has become more Muslim friendly, making it easy to find Halal food places near you and sample the delicious local cuisines.The Chinese New Year is the best time to try out unique traditional food too. With a growing Muslim population, there are decent numbers of mosques in Hong Kong – such as the Kowloon Mosque.

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2. Beijing, China

If you can’t make it to Hong Kong, do travel to Beijing to join in the celebrations where the biggest festivities take place with dancers, parades and more. There is just so much to see here and just admire the city that is beautifully decorated with red lanterns for the Chinese New Year. Do drop by the temple fairs for a truly amazing cultural experience or check out the athletic competitions that will be held at most parks – tourists can join in too! You can’t miss the fireworks display that beautifully lights up the whole city at night.

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Muslim travellers will be pleased to know that there are several Halal restaurants located throughout Beijing – especially in Wangfujing Snack Street, where you can taste the local flavours. There are no worries when it comes to mosques or prayer facilities either – since Beijing has the highest Muslim population in China.

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3. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok’s Chinatown comes alive during the Chinese New Year where the streets are lively with bright red decorations and lanterns – and celebrations take place with dance and cultural performances as well. This is the largest celebration in Bangkok which last for three days. From colourful, lively parades with the famous dragon dancers, floats and acrobatic performances to a massive fireworks display – you cannot miss these fun festivities.

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If you are looking for a cheap destination during the Chinese New Year – pay a visit to Bangkok. Additionally, Halal eateries can be easily found in Bangkok, and there are several mosques located within the city too.

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4. Singapore

If you prefer a short trip during the Chinese new year – you can enjoy the holiday in Singapore where the celebrations are quite fun too. Singapore is among the most Muslim-friendly destinations ever – so there are no worries at all when it comes to Halal eating outlets and finding prayer facilities and mosques.

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Since 1987, celebrations in the River hongbao event at Marina Bay have become more magnificent with lively dances, performances and amazing fireworks too. Don’t miss out on Chinatown which will be beautifully decorated during the Chinese New Year. From acrobats, performances and parades – what could be more fun? Of course, the major highlight is the famous Chingay Parade with dragon dancers, brightly coloured floats and stilt walkers too. Singapore is known for being culturally diverse and the celebrations reflect this when everyone comes together to celebrate this holiday.

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5. Sydney, Australia

The Chinese New Year is one of the most awaited events in Sydney – where the festivities last for three long weeks in Chinatown! One of the major highlights of the celebrations includes the dragon boat race at Cockle Bay where ornamental boats sail to drum beats. Don’t miss the massive parade of floats, lanterns and the colourful dragon and lion dancers. The celebrations at Sydney are filled with fun events such as martial arts demonstrations, karaoke competitions and so much more.

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The city is very Muslim-friendly as well, and it’s easy to find Mosques and prayer places near you. Locating Halal eateries in Sydney won’t be an issue either.

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6. London, United Kingdom

London is another ideal destination for a short trip during the Chinese New Year 2018 – and supposedly where the largest celebrations are held outside Asia. The festivities take place in Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square while live performances can be seen at Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. However, the main celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square where you can watch traditional performance and dancers, where there is plenty of entertainment for everyone. The amazing parade with brightly coloured floats starts off a with a lively dragon and lion dance in Charing Cross Road and then proceeds through Chinatown – you should not miss this.

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London also has a high Muslim population and finding Halal eating outlets, prayer facilities and mosques will be quite easy too.

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7. San Francisco, United States

The Chinese New Year Celebrations in San Francisco is best known for its magnificent parade, which is among the largest ones outside Asia and is worth visiting the city for. Being one of the top ten parades in the world, the Chinese New Year night parade features vibrant floats, drummers, acrobats and stilt walkers too. But the major highlight is the Golden Dragon that is 268 foot long and has to be operated by a team one-hundred people.

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Additionally, there is no issue to find Mosques and prayer places near you and Halal restaurants can be easily located in San Francisco too.

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So now you know where to go during Chinese New Year in 2018 – take your pick from the destinations listed above!

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