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Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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For most Chinese people, the dinner on Chinese new year’s eve is the most important one in a year, which is nicknamed “Family Reunion Dinner”. People either eat at home or dine out for a family reunion dinner.

Home made a new year eve’s dinner generates more affection while booking a table at a restautant keeps you from heavy workload for cooking new year eve’s dinner at home. There are pros and cons to the two ways to spend a new year’eve dinner.

Each year my father in law insists in making the special new year eve’s dinner at home instead of reserving a space at a restaurant. Usually it takes over one week’e time to prepare for the dinner, buying, cleaning, cooking and etc.

The 2012 Chinese new year eve’s dinner falls on Jan 22, 2012. My father in law again offers us a hand-made dinner, too big for four of us. Let me show you some of the food on the new year’s eve dinner.

My father in law at work in the kitchen

My father in law at work in the kitchen

A table of hand-made dinner on new year’s eve

A table of hand-made dinner on new year’s eve

Babaofan (Eight-Treasure Rice), a sweet and sticky Chinese New Year rice with ingredients including sweet beans, dates, ,almonds, peanuts, melon seeds, raisins, dried apricots, walnuts, crystallized fruits, any other available dried fruits and nuts, like Ice pudding in the west.

Jiaozi (dumpling), a must for a new year’s eve dinner, especially in the northern China

Jiaozi (dumpling)

A fried Mandarin fish with Soy Sauce

A fried Mandarin fish with Soy Sauce

Fried smoked fish

Fried smoked fish

Soy sauce eggs with soy sauce pork
Oily bean curd stuffed with meat and coupled with black fungus

Oily bean curd stuffed with meat and coupled with black fungus

Stir-Fried Shrimp with Garlic, scallion and soy Sauce
Salted duck with soy sauces

Salted duck slices with soy sauces

Salted pig tripe, my favorite

Salted pig tripe

Chinese green vegetable with mushrooom and bamboo shoots

Chinese green vegetable with mushrooom and bamboo shoots

Stir-fried celery with lilies and ginkgo nuts

Stir-fried celery with lilies and ginkgo nuts

Dessert with ingredients including lotus seeds, dried longan

Dessert with ingredients including lotus seeds, dried longan

Babaofan (Eight-Treasure Rice), a sweet and sticky Chinese New Year rice

Any questions, just drop a line.

Here Comes the Chinese New Year 2012!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
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With the deafening blasts of fireworks and firecrackers all surrounding me, here comes the Chinese new year 2012, the year of dragon. China has a long tradition of playing firecrakers and fireworks in a hope to wipe off the bad luck from the past year and ushers in good fortune and prosperity in the new year.
 
Tonight is the new year’s eve when people in Beijing can set off firecrackers all night. But from Tomorrow till Lantern Festival (Feb 06, 2012), Setting off of firecrackers is only allowed till midnight.
 
I feel this new year has seen a bit less fireworks and firecrackers letting off, partly due to the hardened sense of environment protection as well as the efforts made by environment protction organizations advocating a green spring festival.
 
But the common consensus is that without fireworks or firecrackers there will little festival atmosphere. So very often we cannot go extreme, either no fireworks or no limited letting off of fireworks.  
 

 

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Lit lanterns in our community

Festively Decorated Entrance to our unit of the apartment building.

Festively Decorated Entrance to our unit of the apartment building

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2012 Year of Dragon from tour-Beijing.com

Friday, January 20th, 2012
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In two days we’ll say goodbye to the rabbit year of 2011 and enter the dragon year of 2012 which starts from Jan 23, 2012. Before turning to the new page to write our new history, we at tour-beijing.com (Beijing Xinhua Tours) look back at the passing year of 2011 with a light heart.
 
The year 2011 fell into a dormant period for China inbound travel market. China’s inbound travel for the first time stopped to grow since the year 2003 of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak which had greatly affected tourism industry. The sluggish inoming travel market has been caused by several factors: 1) Turbulences in Middle East 2) Europe”s debt crisis 3) America”s slow economic recovery, which have resulted in the declining market for China incoming travel in the passing year.
 
No matter a market is good or not, some companies will make better or worse business and management performances. Some enterprises still go to bankruptcy even a market is generally very good; some will survive and develop very well even if a market is not good. So what is important is not only the market itself, but how to do it, the mode of business matters! You cannot change the global market as a whole, but you can still do something to make the market a better place to develop your companies.
 
In 2011 Tour-beijing.com made great efforts to build a micro climate to cultivate the internet market by adding more useful information and put online more value added tour packages. We did received very positive response from our valuable clients. Our travel business has acheived over 10% increase over the year 2010.
 
The prediction for the coming year of 2012 is not promising with these three major factors beiing still there slowing the recovery of global travel industry. We will not stop our marching steps sticking to the motto “Creativity is the engine of each market”. We’ll make more helpful China travel information and create more marketable tour packages that could give more valuable experiences for our clients.
 
 
At the door of ushering the new year of 2012, Beijing Xinhua Intermatonal Tours sincerely hope our old and new clients will be in good shape and make progrees on your owm work.
 
 
Let’s grow together! 
 
Each staff member gets a toy of dragon for good luck for the year 2012 

Each staff member gets a toy of dragon for good luck for the year 2012

 
Each staff member gets a toy of dragon for good luck for the year 2012 (2)
 

Each staff member gets a toy of dragon for good luck for the year 2012 (2)