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Chinese New Year (Chinese:春节,Chun Jie/ 农历新年, Nongli Xinnian /过年,Guonian) ,also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the largest and most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

Chinese New Year Festival is based on the lunar Chinese calendar, begins on first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival (元宵节) which is on the 15th day of the first month.

Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together, celebrations include having annual reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve, setting firecrackers, giving lucky money to children, sending Chinese New Year greetings, dragon and lion dancing.

In Guangzhou, there are other special tradition or customs, like flower fairs and lantern exhibitions, adding some Cantonese snacks or cuisine. People also can enjoy a happy and unique Spring Festival.

The Spring Festival of 2014, the year of horse, lasts from January 31 to February 14. The celebrations start from January 27 at 8pm in Huacheng Square, where the lighting ceremony of the flower fairs in Guangzhou is held. Each district holds the flowers concurrently from 8:30am of January 28 to 2am of January 31.

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Chinese New Year Important Days

This year, Spring Festival falls on January 31 but the run-up to New Year's Day is as important than the day itself to many households. If you are celebrating the arrival of the year of the horse with Chinese friends or relatives, we've prepared a description of the most common traditions so that you know what you are in for... [MORE]

Traditional Cantonese Snacks for Spring Festival

As a country covering 9.6 million square kilometers, China has a massive variety of different foods traditionally consumed during this big event. North China has its "Tang Yuan (汤圆, Glutinous Rice Dumplings)", while the south China city of Guangzhou has "You Jiao" (饺子, Deep Fried Dumplings) and "Jian Dui" (煎堆, Deep Fried Sesame Balls with peanut filling). [MORE]

The Origins of the Flower Fair

Flower trading in Guangzhou has a long history which dates back to the flower selling boats of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and to the flower dealers in the Song Dynasty (960 -1279 AD). The flower markets in Guangzhou had prospered in the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644 AD).  [MORE]

What Goods are Sold at Flower Fairs?

Flower Fairs provides local citizens and horticulture lovers a chance to appreciate the beauty of flowers and green plants, enjoy the joy of harvest as well as buy decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year.  [MORE]

Traveling Tips and Discounts around GZ in Spring Festival

Good news for travelers to Guangzhou! During the spring festival of 2014, visitors to some of the tourist sites in the city can enjoy favorable discounts on admission or traveling fares. Following are some of the sites covered by the discount campaign as well as traveling itineraries we recommend to you in accordance to the events held in those sites.  [MORE]

Appreciate Snowy Plum Blossoms in Luogang District

This January Xiangxue Park in Luogang district is home to beautiful blossoming plum trees. The white flowers make the park look as if it is covered by snow. So the name of the park is Xiang Xue, meaning fragrant snow.  [MORE]

Time-honored Stores in Beijing Lu

Want to find time-honored stores and restaurants in Guangzhou? Go to Beijing Lu! The north of the road has begun to greet visitors as a new cluster of time-honored brands. Now, a total of 16 old brands have popped up along the road. [MORE]

Spring Festival Travel Peak Begins with New Mobile App - See more at: http://www.lifeofguangzhou.com/node_981/node_989/node_997/node_1005/2013/12/16/1387161645147304.shtml#sthash.F6MIAQGy.dpuf

Spring Festival Travel Peak Begins with New Mobile App

Special policy in buying tickets will be applied in the peak days started from January 16 and ending on February 24 of 2014. Passengers can buy tickets via railway station counters, ticket agents, ticket machines, telephone hotline, official website and the newly-released mobile phone app "铁路12306". [MORE]

Cantonese-style Hotpot: Mild Soup with Fresh Seafood

Cantonese food is a delicate cuisine, and this exquisiteness lies not only in the food itself but in what holds the food. As for hotpot, the ideal container should be a casserole dish, which Cantonese believe can best bring out the taste and fragrance of ingredients. So in Cantonese, having a hotpot is called "Da Bin Lou (打边炉)".  [MORE]

Auspicious Poon Choi or Rice Cake Treats

Relish traditional Poon Choi, a time-honored local dish with layers of savory ingredients either at the Lai Wan Market or have a fuss free celebration at home with the takeaway Poon Choi.  [MORE]

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou

In the traditional of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou introduces a range of festival celebration activities and exquisite cuisines to get everyone into the festive spirit. [MORE]

Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou's Season of Celebration Begins With City Escapes

The room package "City Escapes" specially designed to welcome the festival seasons' celebrations in style and elegance. [MORE]

(By Lynus Tan, Rik Glauert)

Editor:Lynus Tan
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