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Chinese New Year 2024

The biggest holiday of the year will astonish you with colorful parades and delicious food

Dates: February 10–17, 2024

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is the most celebrated festival in China. A two-week holiday is all about family reunions and quality time, but it also features beautiful lantern festivals, huge colorful parades, and street parties. The holiday reaches its culmination around the Lunar New Year's Eve. Read on to discover the top places to celebrate.


Number one CNY destination is Bejing, the heart of tradition. The city holds some of the biggest celebrations with firecrackers, fireworks and multiple parades.

Temple fairs

Many temples and parks feature holiday fairs, offering dragon and lion dancing, cultural performances and other activities. Some of the most popular venues for the festive fairs include Ditan Park Temple, the Dongyue Temple, the Longtan Park Temple, and the Temple of Heaven, which also holds solemn imperial celebrations.

Other festivities

Alternatively, you can check out the Old Summer Palace, which typically has entertainment of Qing era to mark Chinese New Year. Also, you can consider checking out Longtan Park to see traditional sports competitions and demonstrations.


Shanghai usually attracts the most visitors during the Chinese New Year. Its fantastic lantern display at Yuyuan Old Town Bazaar and burning joss sticks at the City God Temple or Longhua Temple are the most popular activities. Nanjing Road, a primary shopping destination offers entertainment and special deals. Yuyuan Garden holds folk performances and beautiful lantern parades, opening during the spring season.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is dressed in all red during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Red lanterns are everywhere, and all restaurants and shops are overcrowded. Watch an evening parade in Tsim Sha Tsui with traditional folk characters and illuminated floats. Don't miss Harbour fireworks, one of the most magnificent pyrotechnic displays in the world.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin