Top 5 Worldwide Destinations for Celebrating Chinese New Year
On 5th February, 2019 Chinese communities around the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year and usher in the year of the Pig with parades, traditional Chinese entertainment and food, fireworks and more.
Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations are an important public holiday in China and its date is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. Falling on the first day of the first lunar month and ending on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival, Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and welcoming in the good luck of the New Year.
Chinese New year celebrations are not just big in China but throughout the world. Here are our top five places to celebrate the Chinese New Year around the globe!
Top 5 Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year in London
Dubbed the largest Chinese New Year’s celebrations outside of Asia, the London parade is a fascinating display of dance, music, puppetry and acrobatics.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people enjoy these extravagant festivities along London’s Chinatown and the West End. Dressed with thousands of ornate red and gold lanterns, Chinatown offers up a feast of Chinese culinary delights, traditional performances by local artists and demonstrations of ancient Chinese arts. In previous years, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square have hosted numerous stage and roaming performances including those of Lion and Dragon dancers, Chinese acrobats, martial arts performers, and many more!
If you would like to keep yourself updated with the latest news about Chinese New Year celebrations in London, follow the official #CNYLondon on social media.
Recommended spots: Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue in Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square (especially for cultural activities and family-friendly entertainment)
Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
No list of top places to celebrate Chinese New Year around the world would be complete without Hong Kong, whose Chinese New Year celebrations were listed by Forbes as one of the world’s top 10 best festival extravaganzas..
The festivities normally begin with a vibrant night parade through Tsim Sha Tsui. Elaborate and brightly coloured floats, live bands and entertainers wind their way from the Avenue of Stars along Nathan Road, Salisbury Road, Canton Road and Haiphong Road. The world-famous fireworks display over Victoria Harbour coincide with The Symphony of Lights, recognised as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows. Ever since 2004, it takes place every night at 8pm and the Hong Kong Pulse 3D Show.
Nearly half a million spectators will gather at vantage points around the city to watch this truly spectacular light show which is accompanied by orchestrated music played on loudspeakers. Many locals believe that their New Year good fortune starts with a bet on their favourite horse and the results set the stage for many personal omens.
Recommended spots: Tsim Sha Tsui district to witness the night parade, Avenue of Stars along Nathan Road, Salisbury Road, Canton Road and Haiphong Road, Victoria Harbour, Sha Tin in the New Territories.
Chinese New Year in Paris
Paris’ 13th arrondissement is the most famous Chinese district in Paris and home to the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the whole of France. The Chinese New Year parade that winds its way through the streets, from the Avenue de Choisy to the Place d’Italie to the Avenue d’Ivry is the oldest in Paris. Brilliant reds and golds, elaborate costumes, vibrant traditional music, beautiful Chinese dragons and firecrackers attract huge celebratory crowds each year and create truly spectacular spectacle. The rest of Chinatown sets to creating incredible traditional Chinese dishes with sizzling woks and aromatic spices.
Parades, exhibitions, talks and other cultural activities also take place in other districts and neighbourhoods such as Le Marais or Belleville. Whether you are a visitor or a local, you will not be disappointed by the myriad of ways they can take part in the New Year celebrations.
Recommended spots: 13th arrondissement (district), Le Marais, the Belleville district, Courbevoie, Aubervilliers and Noisy-le-Grand
Popular Chinese act in Paris: Chinese Entertainment
Chinese New Year in Sydney
The festivities in Sydney begin a little earlier than other destinations around the world. Visitors and locals strolling around Circular Quay during February will see giant animals lanterns representing the creatures of the Zodiac. Placed all over the harbour, each animal has been designed by an Asian-Australian artist. This unique exhibition promises to be a truly unforgettable experience!
The Sydney Fish Market and the Dixon Plaza in Chinatown are always bustling with people in search of spicy feasts and eye-catching Chinese entertainment. During the whole Lunar New Year festivities, other spots in Sydney such as The Rocks, Forest Road and Freedom Plaza put on a real feast filling the streets with the mouth-watering aromas of Asian culinary delights. Revellers will be able to dine at one of the long outdoor tables under the soft glow of lanterns as roving Chinese entertainment creates a buzzing atmosphere.
With the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, Sydney is a fantastic place to celebrate Chinese New Year!
Recommended spots: Darling Harbour, Sydney Fish Market, Dixon Street Plaza, The Rocks, Chatswood, Forest Road and Freedom Plaza
Popular Chinese Act in Sydney: Chinese Face Changing Act
Chinese New Year in Las Vegas
Aptly called ‘Chinese New Year in the Desert’ it is no surprise the Las Vegas embraces Chinese New Year Celebrations in a big way. Every year, properties along the strip transform their facades into elaborate displays adorned with traditional Chinese decorations.
At the heart of the Las Vegas strip, the LINQ Promenade - Las Vegas’ open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district - hosts a menagerie of cultural performances on its main stage. A huge parade with contributions from the whole community bring the streets of downtown Las Vegas to life with larger-than-life floats, vibrant colours and performers.
As we are entering the Year of the Pig, this year the Bellagio Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens have built a giant pig as the centrepiece of the compound. Visitors and locals will also enjoy different dragon and lion dance performances along the city at iconic spots such as the Grand Canal Shoppes and the Fashion Show Mall: a truly feast for the eyes!
Recommended spots: LINQ Promenade, the Bellagio Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens, Grand Canal Shoppes and the Fashion Show Mall
Chinese Entertainment for your Celebrations
Even if you can’t make it to one of these five fabulous places to celebrate the Chinese New Year, there are plenty of ways to make your own celebrations just as fantastic. Scarlett Entertainment global roster boasts a wide variety of Chinese entertainment, both for stage performances and walkabout parades.
Our Chinese entertainment experts Jodie Cooper and Yang Tan will be happy to help you explore the different options and choose what’s best for your event. Make sure you read our Top 5 Chinese New Year Entertainment Ideas handpicked by Jodie herself. Get in touch with them today and welcome the Year of the Pig with the best shows and activities!
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