BeiJing : 2008 to 2022 – don’t miss it

[640],shadow=true,start=,stop=

Bonus film - a highlight from the Chinese New Year Gala show 2022 ...

[320],shadow=true,start=,stop=

Robot chefs ...

[320],shadow=true,start=,stop=
Chinese New Year (CNY), also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important traditional holiday in China, marking the beginning of the lunar new year. It is celebrated by Chinese communities around the world, as well as in other East Asian countries such as Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Here's an overview of Chinese New Year and its traditions:

Timing and Duration:
Lunar Calendar: Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar, with the date falling between late January and mid-February each year. The exact date varies because it is based on the lunar phases.

Festival Period: The celebrations typically last for 15 days, beginning on the eve of Chinese New Year and ending with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the lunar calendar.

Traditions and Customs:
Family Reunions: Chinese New Year is a time for families to come together and celebrate. Many people travel long distances to reunite with their relatives, leading to the largest annual human migration in the world, known as Chunyun.

Cleaning and Decoration: In the days leading up to Chinese New Year, families clean their homes to sweep away bad luck and make way for good fortune. They also decorate their homes with red lanterns, couplets (duilian), and paper cutouts featuring auspicious symbols.

Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner: The New Year's Eve dinner, known as 'reunion dinner' (??? tunninfn), is a lavish feast shared with family members. Traditional dishes include fish (symbolizing prosperity), dumplings (symbolizing wealth), and various other symbolic foods.

Red Envelopes (Hongbao): Red envelopes containing money are given as gifts during Chinese New Year, especially to children and unmarried individuals. The red color symbolizes good luck and wards off evil spirits.

Fireworks and Firecrackers: Fireworks and firecrackers are set off at midnight on New Year's Eve and throughout the festival period to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck.

Lion and Dragon Dances: Colorful lion and dragon dances are performed in streets, parks, and public squares to bring prosperity and good fortune to communities.

Zodiac Animals:
Each Year is Associated with an Animal: Chinese New Year is symbolized by one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac cycle. Each animal is believed to influence the personality traits and destiny of individuals born in that year.

Travel and Celebrations:
Spring Festival Gala: The Spring Festival Gala, broadcasted on Chinese television on New Year's Eve, features a variety of performances, skits, and musical acts. It is one of the most-watched television programs in the world.

Temple Fairs: Traditional temple fairs are held throughout China during Chinese New Year, offering food stalls, performances, games, and cultural activities for visitors to enjoy.

Chinese New Year is a time of joy, reunion, and renewal, filled with rich traditions and customs that have been passed down through generations. It is a celebration of family, community, and the arrival of spring, marking a fresh beginning and the promise of prosperity in the year ahead.

Beijing, the capital city of China, is a vibrant metropolis steeped in history, culture, and modernity. Here's a brief overview of what you can expect as a tourist in Beijing:

Historical Landmarks:
The Great Wall of China: One of the most iconic structures in the world, the Great Wall is easily accessible from Beijing. Mutianyu and Badaling sections are popular among tourists.

Forbidden City (Palace Museum): A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast imperial palace complex was home to Chinese emperors for over 500 years. It houses numerous halls, courtyards, and historical artifacts.

Temple of Heaven: A masterpiece of Chinese architecture, this ancient temple complex served as a place of worship for emperors to pray for good harvests.

Summer Palace: A stunning ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces, the Summer Palace served as a retreat for emperors during the Qing dynasty.

Tiananmen Square: One of the largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen Square is flanked by important landmarks such as the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

Cultural Sites:
Beijing Hutongs: Explore the narrow alleyways and traditional courtyard residences of Beijing's historic neighborhoods. You can take a rickshaw tour or simply wander around on foot.

Beijing Opera: Experience traditional Chinese opera performances at venues like the Liyuan Theater or the Chang'an Grand Theatre.

798 Art District: A hub of contemporary art and culture, this former industrial area is now home to numerous galleries, studios, and cafes.

Modern Attractions:
Olympic Park: Visit iconic structures such as the Bird's Nest (National Stadium) and the Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

CBD (Central Business District): Marvel at the futuristic skyline of Beijing's modern business district, which includes landmarks like the CCTV Headquarters and the China World Trade Center Tower III.

Culinary Delights:
Peking Duck: Indulge in Beijing's most famous dish, crispy roast duck served with pancakes, scallions, and hoisin sauce.

Street Food: Explore the city's vibrant street food scene and sample local delicacies like jianbing (savory crepes), lamb skewers, and dumplings.

Practical Tips:
Transportation: Beijing has an extensive public transportation system, including the subway, buses, and taxis. However, traffic can be heavy, so plan your travels accordingly.

Language: While English is not widely spoken, especially outside tourist areas, many signs and transportation announcements are in English. It's helpful to carry a translation app or a phrasebook.

Weather: Beijing experiences four distinct seasons, with hot summers and cold winters. The best times to visit are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is mild and comfortable.

Etiquette: Respect local customs and traditions, such as removing your shoes before entering someone's home and using both hands to pass or receive items.

Beijing offers a rich tapestry of experiences for tourists, blending ancient heritage with modern innovations. Whether you're fascinated by history, culture, or culinary delights, there's something for everyone in this dynamic city.

Related Videos

 

Featured Videos

Beautiful GuiLin 桂林
The famous karst peaks of GuangXi province. Countryside views ... YuLong River bamboo rafting ... Li River cruise ...
MiuMiu, GuitarGirl
Twilight ... See you again ... MV - my hometown, NanJing ... Flowers (one girl band) ... A little flamenco ... Can you feel my love ? - with JoySide ...
Shangri-La 最後的香格里拉
Yunnan province. In this hurried world, Where is the dreamland? Life is like a journey - Where the heart is always on the way. Every short stay marks The beginning of the next journey ... In the end, though, while travel is as sunshine and rain for the soul, paradise is not a far away place, but the journey itself; a change of heart, and lies within us all the time ...
Collaborative architecture leading to a better life
Small office, home office (SOHO); but with friends and colleagues. GuangZhou, GuangDong province ... BeiJing hutongs ...
Tomatoes : from seed to harvest and cooking
Dong Dong Dong – JoySide (music)
Indie rock band from BeiJing, 2016. This song featured in our recent MiuMiu GuitarGirl videos post. Many have asked about the band and the song - so here is the original video I gave you real love But you want more A music gem ...
50 places to visit in ChengDu
ChengDu: 20 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit Panda Base (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì): Giant panda breeding and research center with exhibits and educational programs. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 Chéngdū Dàxióngmāo Fányù Yánjiū Jīdì): Panda reserve with habitats, breeding facilities, and conservation efforts. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Sichuan Science and Technology Museum (四川科技馆 Sìchuān Kējìguǎn): Interactive science museum with exhibits, experiments, and demonstrations. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World (成都海昌极地海洋世界 Chéngdū Hǎichāng Jídì Hǎiyáng Shìjiè): Polar ocean park with marine life exhibits, shows, and activities. Happy Valley Water Park (欢乐谷水上乐园 Huānlègǔ Shuǐshàng Lèyuán): Water park with slides, pools, and water attractions for families. Chengdu Botanical Garden (成都植物园 Chéngdū Zhíwùyuán): Botanical garden with plant collections, greenhouses, and scenic landscapes. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Shunxing Old Teahouse (成都顺兴老茶馆 Chéngdū Shùnxìng Lǎo Cháguǎn): Traditional teahouse with Sichuan opera performances, tea ceremonies, and snacks. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. ChengDu: 30 More Places to Visit Chengdu Wuhou Shrine (成都武侯祠 Chéngdū Wǔhóu Cí): Temple and museum dedicated to Zhuge Liang, a famous military strategist. Wenshu Monastery (成都文殊院 Chéngdū Wénshū Yuàn): Buddhist monastery with historic buildings, gardens, and tea houses. Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum (成都金沙遗址博物馆 Chéngdū Jīnshā Yízhǐ Bówùguǎn): Museum with exhibits on the Jinsha archaeological site and ancient artifacts. Chengdu Wide and Narrow Alley (宽窄巷子 Kuānzhǎi Xiàngzi): Historic area with traditional architecture, shops, and street food. Chengdu Du Fu Thatched Cottage (成都杜甫草堂 Chéngdū Dù Fǔ Cǎotáng): Museum and park dedicated to the Tang dynasty poet Du Fu. Chengdu Tianfu Square (成都天府广场 Chéngdū Tiānfǔ Guǎngchǎng): Central square with landmarks, sculptures, and cultural events. Chengdu Sichuan Opera Museum (成都川剧博物馆 Chéngdū Chuānjù Bówùguǎn): Museum with exhibits on Sichuan opera costumes, masks, and performances. Chengdu Huanhuaxi Park (成都浣花溪公园 Chéngdū Huànhuāxī Gōngyuán): Park with rivers, bridges, and scenic landscapes for leisure and relaxation. Chengdu Jinli Ancient Street (成都锦里古街 Chéngdū Jǐnlǐ Gǔjiē): Historic street with traditional architecture, shops, and street vendors. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Zoo (成都动物园 Chéngdū Dòngwùyuán): Zoo with diverse animal exhibits, shows, and educational programs. Chengdu Culture Park (成都文化公园 Chéngdū Wénhuà Gōngyuán): Park with historic sites, gardens, and cultural exhibitions. Chengdu Eastern Suburb Memory (成都东郊记忆 Chéngdū Dōngjiāo Jìyì): Cultural theme park with traditional architecture, performances, and activities. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Shunxing Old Teahouse (成都顺兴老茶馆 Chéngdū Shùnxìng Lǎo Cháguǎn): Traditional teahouse with Sichuan opera performances, tea ceremonies, and snacks. Chengdu Anren Ancient Town (成都安仁古镇 Chéngdū Ānrén Gǔzhèn): Historic town with preserved architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. Chengdu Happy Valley (成都欢乐谷 Chéngdū Huānlègǔ): Amusement park with rides, attractions, and entertainment for all ages. Chengdu Teddy Bear Museum (成都泰迪熊博物馆 Chéngdū Tàidíxióng Bówùguǎn): Museum with teddy bear exhibits, collections, and interactive displays.
A tour of the Forbidden City 紫禁城 (Palace Museum)
In central Beijing ...
Two months in China’s south west 中国
Highlights of an eight week trip though Tibet, YunNan, SiChuan, GanSu and QingHai provinces (2007).

Tag search ?