For most the best of Chinese experiences is in the popular East Asian capital cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong. And during the Chinese New Year period travellers from all over the world gather in these cities to be part of this vibrant festival. But for the most authentic Chinese New Year celebration there is no other place than China’s own glamorous Shanghai. With a rich heritage and culture which can be traced back to 6000 years it is the most important city in Chinese culture and it surely does justice to all the cultural festivals including the one which greets the dawn of a brand new year.
The Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the annual lunar calendar, and falls during the latter part of January or the beginning of February according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated all over the world on this date and in Shanghai it’s a unique cultural experience.
The city lights up with fireworks and there is a festive atmosphere wherever you go. With ample street food, folks coming on to the streets to celebrate with their Yangge Dance, and the whole city decorated with red colour paper, it’s a festival not to be missed. In Shanghai as soon as the New Year dawns the whole city is lit up with fireworks and its thunderous roar tells everybody that it is time to start celebrating. Then the streets liven up with the sounds of drums and lion and dragon dancing which is a major attraction at all street-corners. Drum displays and dragon dancing is even taken indoors to the shopping malls and food courts to make sure everybody feels the spirit of the season.
If you are planning on visiting Shanghai during this festive season it is best if lodging options were sorted out well in advance. Especially as most people make use of the special bargains on offer during this period to make it a shopping expedition in Shanghai. For details of any hotel, serviced apartment or executive apartment Shanghai offers, consult your travel agent. And for great locations in the city try an apartment in Xintiandi where there are various lodging options. For easy access to the best attractions and retail options the ideal is the 88 Xintiandi Shanghai.
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