Guide to Travelling During Chinese New Year – Experience the Best with None of the Pitfalls

Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations of the nation, and many wonder if travelling to China during this time is a good idea. It definitely can be if you’re aware of a few things.

Chinese New Year | Image Credit - Crisco 1492, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Chinese New Year | Image Credit – Crisco 1492, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Closed Institutions in New Year

Many travellers tend to think that everything closes during Chinese New Year, but that is far from the case. During this time, educational institutions, business offices and factories close, but not places such as restaurants, airports and tourist destinations.

Travelling During New Year

Since this is one of the most significant festive seasons in China, you will have to deal with higher rates along with much higher crowds as well if you’re travelling to or around the country. Since there will be lots of people coming to China, and moving around within the nation, it’s best to make travel arrangements in advance.

Accommodation and Dining

Many of the top hotels in China’s big cities, including Xi An China hotels, tend to be fully booked. So if you’re planning on staying at a place such as Grand Park Xian, you should book your rooms well in advance. It’s also best to do the same with dining reservations.


The explosive kaleidoscopic experience of fireworks during Chinese New Year is a sight to behold and takes place precisely at midnight. Look to witness this spectacle from a high altitude for the best experience.

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Cultural Shows in Xian -Experience the Arts and Culture of the Republic of China

For those travelling to the Republic of China in search of an authentic Chinese experience, the capital city of Shaanxi Province, Xi’an is a marvellous option. Not only does it provide its visitors with the opportunity to reside in comfortable and luxurious hotels such as Citadines Gaoxin Xi’an and much more, it also offers them the option of experiencing the multitude of cultural shows in the Province.

While residing in Xian Serviced Apartments, tourists can enjoy the Xi’an ancient style march which is a ceremony that takes into account, and has designed the show, around the City Wall. As the darkness of the night falls upon the city of Xi’an, the City Wall finds itself lit up by neon lights for forty kilometres that make a spectacular sight from afar for the lights are designed to look like a golden dragon. During the Ceremony, the guests are welcomed by the hosts by passing a golden key, which symbolises the opening of the City Wall Gate, and then the guests pass through a suspension bridge, enter through the gate and climb the City Wall. This particular cultural event concludes with dozens of red lanterns released into the sky. The Xi’an City Wall New Year Lantern Festival also incorporates lanterns and has, as of late, due to tourist demand and local interest, become a Spring Festival of importance. The Spring Festival Fair coincides with the New Year Lantern Festival and includes numerous activities such as lantern puzzles, spring festival scrolls, folk performances by the locals and, of course, delectable local street food.

A relatively new cultural show that tourists will have the fortune of witnessing is the Motorcade Parade of the Thirteen Dynasties of the Ancient Capital, which was designed by those responsible for the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. The Motorcade Parade includes a stunning display of lights, costumes and art and is a beloved attraction in Xi’an.

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