Where to Experience Chinese New Year in 2022

Langzhong Ancient Town, Sichuan Province

In terms of places to experience Chinese New Year, it’s hard to beat the place where it’s said to have originated. Located well within China’s interior, there is a strong New Year’s tradition here. During the festival, the city’s folk culture will be on full display.

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Langzhong Ancient Town, Sichuan Province

The streets are filled with rich and colorful activities. You will probably also catch a glimpse of the “Zhang Fei,” or the city guards standing watch at the gates. As if you needed more reason to go, there’s the famous Sichuan cuisine with its characteristic spiciness.

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Luoping, Yunnan Province

While China’s northern reaches are remain locked in a sea of ice and battered by the Siberian winds, Luoping in southern Yunnan Province glows a golden with the annual rapeseed blossom. Coinciding with Chinese New Year, the largest flower fields in China stretch before your eyes as the equally magical karst formations dot the landscape.

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Luoping, Yunnan Province

Each year the golden colored fields signal an auspicious year ahead. Locals revel in the return of spring, adding an extra delight to Chinese New Year in this part of the country. Yunnan has long been regarded as a nature-lover’s paradise. Traveling to Luoping, you’ll quickly understand why.

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Xiahe County, Gansu Province

Historically part of Tibet, Xiahe County in western China’s Gansu Province is home to the large and influential Labrang Monastery, an important repository for Tibetan Buddhism. On the 13th day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the monks hold a grand festival.

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Xiahe County, Gansu Province

A large collection of Buddist statues is brought out for display and pilgrims will make long journeys to pay homage. Surrounded by hills, Xiahe is incredibly beautiful. Circumnavigate the monastery along the pilgrim trail and spin some of the countless prayer wheels along the route.

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Taipei, Taiwan

Not to be outdone, Taipei is filled with countless cultural treasures that help enhance Chinese New Year. The city’s residents will gather together at places like Lungshan Temple to burn incense and offer prayers for their ancestors. This is an important ritual for many and an integral part of Chinese New Year.

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Taipei, Taiwan

As many people also travel, it’s a good time to take in some of the sights in the cities. The crowds thin and the pace slows, allowing one a bit of breathing room.

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Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is spectacular. The city’s massive fireworks display in Victoria Harbor is nothing short of breathtaking. Few places offer a better view than Victoria Peak, which overlooks Central on Hong Kong Island. To see the city lights below is wonderful at any time of 

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Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

year, but all the more so during Chinese New Year. Hong Kong’s climate is temperate at this time of year and downright balmy to people visiting from more northern latitudes. Get you fill of the famous Cantonese cuisine and come see the welcoming and friendly nature Cantonese people display during the most special time of year.

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