Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chinese New Year Begins Year of the Rabbit

In celebration of the "Year of the Rabbit," the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will present the 16th Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade on the first evening of the Chinese New YearFebruary 3, 2011.

Traditionally, the Year of the Rabbit is associated with home, family, artistic pursuits, diplomacy and peace – auguring tranquility and blessings for the year ahead. In Chinese cultures, families will celebrate with fireworks and elaborate meals, always in the company of family and friends.

Hong Kong, of course, enjoys a reputation for its vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations. The parade will feature an all-star line-up of 36 performing groups from 11 countries and regions, including 13 elaborately decorated floats and 23 performing troupes, 12 of them international and 11 local.

If you're lucky enough to be in Hong Kong, be sure to check out the local restaurants and hotels that are adding to the festivities with themed events and special menus for Chinese New Year. The elegant Conrad Hong Kong (where rooms are 25% off during the New Years period of Feb 3- Feb. 19th)  is hosting a Lion Dance and God of Fortune performance in its lobby on the first day of the New Year in a gesture intended to bring health, fortune and wealth to its guests. The Conrad's rooms facing Victoria Harbour offer a perfect spot to watch the fireworks and all guests are invited to savor a  traditional Chinese buffet dinner on the second day of the New Year.

The Hong Kong Tourist Board has more information and up-to-date news and hotel offers for Chinese New Years..

If you're not going to be in Hong Kong, never fear!  Our friends at CheapFlights have shared their list of the Top 10 Chinatowns to celebrate Chinese New Years, if you can't be in China itself!  Their picks are
Honolulu, Bangkok, New York,  Paris, San Francisco, London, Vancouver, Melbourne, Toronto and Mauritius.  Maybe you will find yourself in one of them to celebrate; we know we will be seeking that perfect Chinese New Year's feast in New York's Chinatown.

Let us know how your family is celebrating the Chinese New Years, and if this is the year that you will bring a rabbit into your  home to live!

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