Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year, 2021

Traditional lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year, 2020

If you’re looking for some last-minute suggestions of where to spend Chinese New Year, 2021, keep reading for our top picks

Unlike New Year’s Eve in the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, doesn’t have an official date. Also known as Lunar New Year, the day depends on the lunar cycle, with the start of the lunar new year falling anywhere between January 21st and February 20th. Chinese New Year, 2020, falls on January 25th, and you can expect to see celebrations all over the world, not just in China, for this amazing festival.

If you’re thinking of booking a last-minute getaway for a Chinese New Year celebration, we’ve picked seven amazing places to escape to this weekend for a great vacation, the perfect way to welcome in the year of the rat!

Visit Beijing for Chinese New Year

We start our list with the capital of China, where, as you’d expect, there are lots of things going on for Chinese New Year. Beijing has every base covered for the festival, with firecrackers, fireworks, large parades all playing a part, Beijing goes all out for the Spring Festival. Temple and parks also get in on the act with dragon and lion dancing, and Longtan Park holds sports competitions. If you visit Beijing, you can experience the most authentic Chinese New Year celebrations.

Fireworks over Beijing
Photo from The Japan Times

Enjoy a British-style Chinese New Year! London celebrations

With a prominent Chinatown near Leicester Square in central London, it’s hardly surprising that there are some pretty substantial celebrations for Chinese New Year, 2020. London hosts a parade of lions in the Chinatown area, and there are also martial arts demonstrations along Shaftesbury Avenue. The celebrations expand out of Chinatown into nearby Trafalgar Square where there are food stalls, and fireworks light up the West End. With plenty of family-friendly activities in Leicester Square, a number of incredible Chinese restaurants to enjoy, London is a great option. After a weekend of celebrating in the big smoke, why not escape the city and head off-grid for a wholesome getaway in a unique tented cabin?

Celebrations in Chinatown, London
Photo by David B Young

Things to do in Paris for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Paris is a rare opportunity to see an iconic French monument in a unique setting. Things to do in Paris for Chinese New Year include costumed parades, acrobats, and music, all heading down the Champs Elysées which leads down from the Arc de Triomphe. The celebrations continue with the shops and restaurants in Chinatown being decorated with the lucky gold and red decorations that are traditional to the festival, and the Eiffel Tower is even lit up with red lights. You can extend your stay in France with a stay in this charming tree house rental near Compiènge, perfect for a romantic getaway in the lead up to Valentine’s Day!

Head to Paris for Chinese New Year, 2020

The U.S.A’s largest celebration for Chinese New Year: San Francisco

The biggest celebration in the U.S.A for Chinese New Year, San Francisco goes all out for the Spring Festival with two major events. Both held in Chinatown in San Francisco, the Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair involve calligraphy, kite making, and puppet shows for some family-friendly fun. The parade is a unique, illuminated event in the evening, and is a sight to behold. Once the festivities have died down, consider a family trip to this unusual cottage rental with views of the bay.

Spring Festival parade in San Francisco
Photo by Dawn Endico

Experience the lunar new year with a New York parade

As with any major festival, there’s nothing quite like a New York party. The New York parade makes its way through Chinatown and Little Italy, and with all the noise of firecrackers, a street party, and food market, you’ll feel completely immersed in the Chinese New Year. New York also has neighborhood events in Brooklyn and Flushing, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra holds concerts blending Chinese and classical music for some unique performances. After a fun-filled weekend in the Big Apple, escape the commotion with a getaway in a charming tiny house near the Catskills.

New York parade for the Lunar New Year

Visit Taiwan for the Spring Festival

If you visit Taiwan for Chinese New Year, 2020, you should head to Taipei where festive street markets are the main feature of the Spring Festival. Wander down Dihua Street, and try some delicious, traditional treats. There is. of course, a parade to enjoy as well. With lanterns and depictions of heroes from Chinese legends, the parade uses mechanized characters to bring it all to life.

Spend Chinese New Year, 2020, enjoying the celebrations on Dihua Street, Taipei
Photo by Allentchang

What to do in Yokohama for Chinese New Year, 2020

With stunning options for a getaway near the ocean, like this stunning yurt rental, this is the perfect chance to enjoy a unique aspect of the culture in Yokohama while also getting away from it all with a relaxing stay in a unique rental. If you’re wondering what to do in Yokohama for Chinese New Year, 2020, the city actually boasts the largest Chinatown in Japan. With about 600 restaurants to try out, this already a busy, vibrant neighborhood to explore. At Chinese New Year, things get notched up a level with a parade with performances from acrobats and martial arts demonstrations.

The entrance to Chinatown in Yokohama

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