Unique cities to visit and experience CNY 2020
Planning to travel during the Chinese New Year (CNY) period in 2020? You’ll probably realise that many cities that celebrate CNY are essentially shuttered over the long holiday period. But there are many other cities that offer a unique CNY experience, without leaving you stranded.
Here are just a few places you can visit during the CNY period.
Starting close to home, Manila’s Binondo is the go-to place for a unique CNY experience.
Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in the 1500s when Chinese immigrants arrived during the Spanish occupation.
During CNY, the historic Ongpin Street comes alive with traditional lion and dragon dances, and authentic Chinese street food.
San Francisco, USA
CNY has been celebrated in SF since the 1860s, and now this city plays host to one of the largest CNY parades in the world. According to the International Festivals & Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is the largest CNY parade outside of Asia.
The parade boasts of over 100 floats and the iconic 288’ Gum Lung (or Golden Dragon) that is held up by over 180 people.
Other essential parts of the celebration include the annual Miss Chinatown USA pageant & coronation ball, the Chinese New Year Run hosted by the YMCA, and Choy Sun Doe (or a visit from the god of wealth).
Learn more about the celebrations in SF here.
Los Angeles, USA
LA is another exciting city to visit for CNY.
Check out Monterey Park for the Lunar New Year Festival. It offers unique Asian cuisine, a display of Asian art and Kung Fu performances.
Perhaps the biggest attraction is the Golden Dragon Parade, which is to be held on Feb 1, 2020. This year, LA will play host to the 121st Annual Golden Dragon Parade, with over a thousand participants, and will include fireworks as well. Find out how you can participate here.
Looking to escape the heat that comes together with CNY in Singapore? Then this next location is right up your alley.
This year, Helsinki celebrates Chinese New Year with dragon dances, lion dances, Mongolian band performances, and even Peking opera.
The festival is co-hosted by the cities of Helsinki and Beijing, and has been an annual event since 2007.
Find out more about the festivities here.
At the top of our travel list is the European city of Paris.
Over the CNY period, a series of exhibitions and shows are on display at the 13th arrondissement of Paris, to celebrate the Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival). The festivities culminate in the grand Chinese New Year parade that will be held on Feb 2 this year.
The city has celebrated Spring Festival for the past 11 years, in an effort to bring this Asian celebration to the fore.
Learn more about the Parisian celebration of CNY here.
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