Local people perform a traditional folk dragon dance at the Hushan (Tiger Mountain) Section of the Great Wall in Liaoning Province to celebrate New Year. With its flowing path over mountains and valleys, the wall is often compared to a dragon, a protective symbol in China, synonymous with strength and energy.
Chinese New Year - Travel Tips

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year if you're not in China

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Chinese New Year - Travel Tips Where to celebrate Chinese New Year if you're not in China

The Chinese New Year begins on 16 February 2018, so you better get planning.

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Here's our pick of the best spots to catch a Chinese New Year celebration.

Bet you hadn't thought of going to India.

Fo Guang Shan He Hua, Amsterdam

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Inside the temple. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

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Inside the temple.

Amsterdam's Chinatown is more of a China street but that doesn't stop Fo Guang Shan He Hua from being an awesome place to observe the New Year.

There'll be a New Year's Day blessing at the temple, at 11 am, on both February 16 and 18.

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York

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Steam and smoke cloud the window of a restaurant kitchen in New York City’s Chinatown. The first Chinese immigrants arrived in the city in the 1840s and today, Manhattan’s Chinatown has an estimated population of nearly 100,000. Chinatowns outside of Manhattan include one in Flushing, Queens, and another in Brooklyn. Photo by Nic Oatridge

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Nic Oatridge

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Steam and smoke cloud the window of a restaurant kitchen in New York City’s Chinatown. The first Chinese immigrants arrived in the city in the 1840s and today, Manhattan’s Chinatown has an estimated population of nearly 100,000. Chinatowns outside of Manhattan include one in Flushing, Queens, and another in Brooklyn.

As if you need an excuse to visit one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City, Chinatown will be in full festive mode on 16 February 2018.

Head to Sara D. Roosevelt Park for 11 am to see the New Year's Day firecracker ceremony, which lasts for a whopping three-and-a-half hours.

Tiretta Bazaar, Kolkata

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Preparing a Chinese breakfast in Tiretta Bazar, Kolkata Photo by Wikimedia Commons

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Wikimedia Commons

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Preparing a Chinese breakfast in Tiretta Bazar, Kolkata

Once, there were around 20,000 people of Chinese origin living in the Tiretta Bazaar neighborhood of Kolkata.

That number has dropped over the decades - but you wouldn't be able to tell at Chinese New Year. It's one hell of a party.

2nd and Market, San Francisco

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Red lanterns in San Francisco's Chinatown. Photo by Belle Co

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Belle Co

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Red lanterns in San Francisco's Chinatown.

San Francisco's New Year festival is the largest outside Asia, and the oldest as well. Follow the New Year's Day parade right into Chinatown with around half a million of other people.

That's right: half a million. Then, enjoy two weeks of celebration in the heart of San Francisco.

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