Written by Cristina Sa and Courtney Bowen at travelcuts
Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Hay Fat Choy, or Happy Lunar New Year!
February 16, 2018 marks the celebration of Chinese New Year and The Year of The Dog! China’s biggest holiday, Chinese New Year is a 23-day day celebration filled with tradition, fun and delicious food.
Fun Fact! In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to a 12-year cycle. 2018 celebrates the Earth Dog Year, or ‘The Year of the Dog’ and if you were born in the year of the dog (e.g. 1970, 1982, 1994), those closest to you might say that you are honest, loyal and reliable, you might love red, green and purple and your favourite flowers might be roses, and orchids! What zodiac are you?
Top 8 Things to do in China
The number 8 has long been regarded as a lucky number in Chinese culture. In Mandarin, the number eight is pronounced as ‘Ba’ which sounds similar to the word ‘Fa’, which means to make a fortune.
1. Climb the Great Wall – One of the biggest cultural Wonders of the World and the symbol of ancient China, the Great Wall meanders across 15 provinces. It is the largest man-made architecture with the longest history.
2. Visit the Army of Terracotta Warriros in Xi’an – Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Terracotta Army is a collection of sculptures representing the army of the first Emperor of China.
3. Explore the Li River in Guilin – 83 kilometres long, the Li River offers you scenic views of mountains, small villages and a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle.
4. Visit the Temple of Heaven – Situated in the south eastern part of Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is the largest amongst China’s sacrificial buildings.
5. Join the Panda Keeper Program – Unique to China, giant pandas are an endangered species and travellers shouldn’t miss the chance to help take care of this cute species.
6. Visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing – One of the top 10 largest city squares in the world, Tiananmen holds great cultural significance an contains the National Museum of China within it.
7. Learn Kung Fu – A traditional Chinese sport, Kung Fu serves as an essential part of Chinese culture and is known to be beneficial by increasing energy, coordination, self-discipline and mental well-being.
8. Tour the Yungang Caves – Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Yungang grottoes have 252 caves and 51,000 statues, representing Buddhist cave art in the 5th and 6th centuries.