It’s that time of the year when 1/5 of the world’s population embarks on a journey homebound to spend time with their loved ones. Yes, the Chinese New year is just around the corner and the traffic towards Southeast Asia and China is nothing short of a crazy ride.
Here are 5 best places to celebrate Chinese New Year in Asia:
Watch how Hong Kong decks up for the most awaited festival of the year. The entire city is decorated in red and parades like Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the biggest attractions, kicking off the new year with cultural performances that electrify the atmosphere. The fireworks, the lighting, the markets and everything during this time is at its best. Don’t miss receiving special blessings at the Wheel of Fortune attraction as well as catch incredible panoramic views of Central, Victoria Harbour Lamma Island in this city.
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In the Malaysian island of Penang, the streets bursts into vibrant bring red lights hovering high over Kek Lok Si Temple. This 15 day celebration draws visitors from all over the world and entertains them with deity parades, fireworks and lion and dragon dances.
Bangkok is the place you want to be during Chinese New Year. It has the largest Chinatown in the country which hosts Chinese New year on a grand scale. The fireworks, the dragon dance the brightly lit red lanterns of Chinatown and the food stalls, you can’t miss any of these in Thailand.
How can you possibly miss the Chingay Parade in Singapore and all the festooned embellishments that adorn the Chinatown? Performances including the International Lion Dance Competition, street bazaars, and some authentic Asian food. Don’t miss the open-air food market at Smith Street to satiate all the cravings you have.
The magnum opus of all Chinese New Year celebrations happens at Beijing in China. China places special importance on the idea of family and historical tradition. Apart from cleaning the houses and decorating it, families visit each other and exchange red envelopes and go to temples for special prayers. They also honour their ancestors and visit parks and malls which hosts the lion dance, folk performances, drum shows and parades and play games and delight in the vast array of local foods being sold.
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