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Isn’t a shocker that the most impressive Chinese New Year celebrations can be found on mainland China and Hong Kong. People dream of seeing in the Chinese New Year in China, and those who celebrate there won’t be disappointed. Shanghai, the financial capital, pulls out all the stops with dazzling lantern displays across the city and fireworks every evening. Some of the biggest shenanigans happen in the capital, and the place to be is Atmosphere Bar, where you see the extravagant fireworks display from the World China Summit Wing. Countless people head out of the city to ice skate around sculptures at the snow festival, many of which are in the shape of that year’s lunar animal. There’s a real community feel to Chinese New Year in Beijing, and most people head to Ditan Park where historic reenactments happen every day, along with other performances and plenty of hearty food to keep everyone warm. There are Temple Night Markets through the month, which carry on the fun, and are a firm favourite of locals and visitors alike. This year, the Chinese New Year is even expected to be included in the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

February 12th, 2022 Best for: Lovers of Theatre and Markets Isn’t a shocker that the most impressive celebrations can be found on mainland China and Hong Kong. People dream of seeing in the Chinese New Year in China, and those who celebrate there won’t be disappointed. Shanghai, the financial capital, pulls out all the stops with dazzling lantern displays across the city and fireworks every evening. Some of the biggest shenanigans happen in the capital, and the place to be is Atmosphere Bar, where you see the extravagant fireworks display from the World China Summit Wing. Countless people head out of the city to ice skate around sculptures at the snow festival, many of which are in the shape of that year’s lunar animal. There’s a real community feel to Chinese New Year in Beijing, and most people head to Ditan Park where historic reenactments happen every day, along with other performances and plenty of hearty food to keep everyone warm. There are Temple Night Markets through the month, which carry on the fun, and are a firm favourite of locals and visitors alike.

Knock back a few shots of 白酒 (báijiǔ), a clear spirit made of fermented sorghum that is wildly popular in China. The most famous brand is Maotai, named after the town in Guizhou province where this liquor is made. This potent liquor is a minimum 38% alcohol by volume. 干杯 (Gānbēi), or cheers!

While China seeks to open up again for international travel using vaccine passports, we can start daydreaming about our next trip to the effervescent city of Beijing. For delicious dim sum, massive shopping complexes, and ancient temples- this destination is one of our top faves to visit again.

Beijing blew spectators away, from in-person visitors to families in their living rooms miles away, with a fantastic display of talent and culture through the iconic opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics. One of the most talked-about Olympics in recent history, the sparkling city of Beijing was a fit choice for truly memorable summer games.

Knock back a few shots of 白酒 (báijiǔ), a clear spirit made of fermented sorghum that is wildly popular in China. The most famous brand is Maotai, named after the town in Guizhou province where this liquor is made. This potent liquor is a minimum 38% alcohol by volume. 干杯 (Gānbēi), or cheers!

Beijing was my first point of contact with China, and the first stop on our China itinerary. The capital city takes pride in its rich history, its revered temples, palaces, and proximity to the Great Wall. This historic appeal is enlivened with creative dining and nightlife, and an edgy contemporary art scene. On the first day, I visited some of the signature attractions, such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Drum and Bell Towers. Take a rickshaw around the lakes at Houhai.

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