missed the chinese new year by 1 day but got the jan 1 new year 2 years ago bad planning on my part,
one thing to remember where ever you end up is that it is a holiday for them so stock some basic food
and drink as alot of places close for a day or two, the same with transport as alot of the locals go to visit family so you may get stuck for 3 or 4 days. but it will be worth it..
enjoy and have a great time
The Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 7th in 2008. It is based on the lunar calander, so it is the same in all countries.
I appreciate everyones input, but no one has answered my question.
I am looking for a specific location/city where they have the BEST festivities. Has anyone been anywhere to celebrate this?
Thanks for your help!
Perhaps I was being a LITTLE bit sarcastic earlier when I said go to China, but really, just get on a plane and go there. It is very close and i think there are plenty of cheap flights that go there, so why not???
If you're looking at SEA only then Singapore would be your best bet. It's the biggest festival of the year, Chinatown would be one entire bazaar itself and the Singapore riverside would be done up too I think. There'll be some countdown shows on CNY eve which are pretty big, and all sorts of CNY goodies, the usual lion and dragon dances. Then there's the Chingay parade too. We had Jackie Chan gracing the parade few years back. We have some restrictions on firecrackers so you can't buy or set them off but you'll be able to experience them at live shows during the festival.
I do not know about Pattaya but I think Singapore would be more authentic. If you know locals here who can show you how they celebrate that's even better. Try lo hei , that's absolutely Singaporean CNY tradition. And on the way here you could go through Malaysia too. Voila
Of course it depends if you're looking at parties or festivities. I would call what we have festivities.
China of course is the most authentic but there may be a big transport problem then as people rush back to their home cities or villages for the festival. A friend of mine purposely popped over to Japan during CNY when she was in China to avoid the chaos. Hong Kong or Taiwan might be possible too.
Feb 7th already first day to Chinese new year, as our traditional we always take firecracker is the last day of old year, so Feb 6th will have mass of firecracker but it is hardly to find dragon in Beijing although will have more traditional party or marketing in holiday period. not the country or city will not have common party, only in TV
but also Chinese new year is most important festival for Chinese, and that is family holiday( just like Christmas in US), so nobody working during the holiday, and just few person walk in the street, everyboday should be at home enjoy family life. but I think just Feb 6th night no more restaurant working, but I don't think you should store food, actually Beijing still have lots of foreigner spend vacation in that period, so no problem for get food and find party.
traffic will not a big problem if you arrvie early, but will really very chaos close to Feb 6th, you know, as our traditional, everybady try to back home before Feb 6th. the new year eve should be spend with family, so very jumbled in airport and train station from Feb 1st to 6th.
I was in HaNoi for Tet 06. The city basically shuts down for a week. Not many restaurants open, the museums, attractions are closed until Tet is over. It is a time for family. Pattaya or Singapore will have better celebrations than in China itself. Pick one and have a great time.
Chingay parade in Singapore... definitely NOT A MISS!!!
it has got everything... firflies... dragons... dances... from traditional Bali dance to American school chicks thumkas... and traditional japanese dance... amaaaaaaazzzinnggg....
Cheers & have a safe trip....
its on 16th Feb... preview is on 15th...
I live and work in China so if you want my advise after spending 2 years here go to Beijing! If you want my further advise... Go to Thailand like I will be doing next month. Chinese New Year is good but I beleive a weeks holiday in Thailand will be better for me personally.
Well, I know very little about China and only been there 12 years ago. I could say this coming Chinese new Year should be a big celebration, cos any numbers come with 8, to Chinese means good luck. Why don't you consider Hong Kong, I'm sure there are loads of dragon-dance, firecrackers, party, etc going on there. The city is rich, almost 100% Chinese population there.
I hope you still can read this. It's a bit late.......
I think you should spend Feb 6, 7 and 8 in Hong Kong. Feb 6 is the Chinese New Year Eve. We Chinese usually stay up late till mid-night. Feb 7 is the Chinese New Year Day. There is a parade in Hong Kong. Feb 8 there is a huge firework over the harbour. I know a lot of activities are also going on in Macao.