Carrying on the Party for the Chinese New Year!
The 2020 Chinese new year takes place on Saturday 25th January, when it’s time to welcome in the year of the rat.
Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is celebrated by over 20% of the world’s population. It is seen as the end of the cold season and a time to welcome in the Spring (although it is still pretty chilly if you’re visiting), along with fresh starts and new beginnings.
It’s the perfect time to visit China and experience the celebrations and festivities first hand, take a look at everything you need to know ahead of your visit.
- Do your research. due to concerns over air pollution, many Chinese cities have banned fireworks (even during the New Year), however Beijing lifted their ban in 2006 and has a spectacular fireworks display.
- It’s the year of the rat. Rats are seen in Chinese culture as representing wealth and surplus, take a look here for more info (link to https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/rat/)
- It’s a 15 day festival. If you’re still in town for the 8th of February, then you can experience the amazing Lantern Festival. Dating back 2000 years, the festival includes activities such as moon gazing, lighting lanterns, riddles, lion dances and eating rice balls.
- It’s dessert central. If you’re a fan of dessert, then there really is no better place in the world to be right now, because the Chinese New Year desserts are unique and delectable – one for your sweet tooth.
Where to stay:
The Four Seasons, Beijing
An oasis in a busy city, the Four Seasons offers a central location complete with restaurants, culture and a spa. The hotel itself invites you to “gather your thoughts in our serene Tea Garden, take a dip in the sun-lit pool, or simply sit for a moment to marvel at the 400 stainless-steel butterflies that rise up our soaring central atrium”.
Click here: https://www.fourseasons.com/beijing/
The Waldorf Astoria, Beijing
A perfect choice to stay whilst you explore all that the capital city has to offer. The hotel ‘artfully blends rich Chinese tradition and modern sophistication’. The hotel boasts of Zijin Mansion featuring Cantonese and Beijing specialities, Brasserie 1893, which features an impressive show kitchen and Peacock Alley, catering for any cocktails, aperitifs or nightcaps with their impressive drinks menu.You can also expect your own personal concierge service catering to your every need.
If you’re planning on jetting off to experience the Chinese New Year first hand, then why not charter an aircraft with Vertis Aviation?
Contact Vertis Aviation today to arrange a bespoke aircraft charter:
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