Chinese New Year is the world's biggest festival and there is no better place to experience it than the great cities of China. Immerse yourself in Chinese culture and celebrate this special time of year like the locals do; with fireworks, family festivities and temple fairs.
Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world, but nothing compares to being in my homeland during the world's biggest festival where the celebrations are at their best.
That's why I've worked closely with my expert team and created an exclusive Chinese New Year tour in 2017, bringing you up close to the incredible celebrations in China's most exciting cities.
Starting in vibrant Hong Kong, you'll be right in the heart of the festivities on New Year's Eve; with a dazzling parade full of incredible costumes and thrilling fireworks all from your cruise boat – but that's not enough! We've ensured there's excitement, authentic experiences and luxury moments from start to finish on this 10 day journey of discovery; you'll enjoy Champagne on the Great Wall, get up close to the Terracotta Warriors and celebrate Spring Festival with a local family in Beijing.
So do something different next Chinese New Year and join us on this ultimate adventure. Places are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
I look forward to welcoming you on this trip of a lifetime.
Owner and Founder of Wendy Wu Tours
Days 1-2: Fly to Hong Kong
Fly overnight to Hong Kong, the ultimate east-meetswest destination. Visit the famous flower markets and enjoy a New Year's Eve celebratory dinner.
Day 3: Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade
Hong Kong vibrates with anticipation for the upcoming celebrations as you explore the colourful temples and streets of the city. In the evening take your reserved seats for the Tsim Sha Tsui Night Parade, to witness the truly astonishing variety of colourful floats, live music and dance performances as they pass.
Day 4: New Year Fireworks
Visit bustling Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village, home to rows of old-fashioned junks and house boats, before finishing at Victoria Peak for mesmerising views over skyscrapers, bays and islands. The afternoon is free to enjoy the New Year ambience, then see one of the world's greatest fireworks displays whilst cruising on Victoria Harbour.
Day 5: Lantern Festival
Fly to Xian, terminus of the Silk Road and the greatest of China's ancient capitals. Dumpling making is considered an art form in China and you will learn the secret to making these intricate parcels as a master chef prepares them before your eyes. Xian is surrounded by an imposing and enormously wide wall which would have once been patrolled by Ming Dynasty soldiers and is now used as a city thoroughfare. Head to the walls in the evening and discover that they have been decorated in a riot of colours and lights for the dazzling Lantern Festival.
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
Housed in three immense hangers, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis. Gaze over the ranks of crossbowmen, infantry, horses and chariots, all drawn up in traditional battle order, as your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers' unique stories. Take a walking tour of the narrow twisting streets of the Muslim Quarter; and sample the delicious, freshly cooked snacks whilst gaining an insight into the city's fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road. Later in the day visit a local family to learn about the ancient traditions of the Spring Festival – a time when millions of people travel thousands of miles to see their loved ones. This is a unique opportunity to discover how local people celebrate China's most important event of the year.
Day 7: Ditan Temple Fair
Fly to Beijing, a city drenched in history and at the heart of China's future. Join the locals with a stroll around the Ditan Temple Fair, sampling traditional lucky snacks and enjoying the entertainment and games. Later, enjoy a sumptuous Peking duck dinner.
Day 8: Champagne on the Great Wall and Longqing Ice Festival
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. The stark, yet magnificent landscape puts you in the shoes of those who guarded this incredible edifice hundreds of years ago. Stop for a well-deserved glass of champagne and to appreciate this magical moment. In the afternoon head to the valleys of Longqing for the Ice and Snow Festival, a bright and colourful display of ice lanterns, ice carving and snow sculptures.
Day 9: Family Festivities
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Walking through this ornately designed complex offers an unsurpassed insight into China's colourful past. In the evening meet up with a local family to learn more of what makes the Spring Festival so special as you create intricate paper decorations and paint elegant Chinese calligraphy.
Day 10: Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Dates & Prices
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|14th February||23rd February||£2,790pp|
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