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Beijing Spring Festival Tours

The Spring Festival, also known as Chinese Lunar New Year, is the most important festival for the Chinese people. Spring Festival falls between late January and mid February, which lasts 15 days. 

As Chinese new year is coming in, all people living away will return home. It is the time for family reunion, just like Christmas in the West. Each Spring Festival ends on the important and colourful Lantern Festival on the evening of the 15th day of the first month of the lunar new year.

The first week of Spring Festival is the most important with numerous folk activities going on and most often celebrated with visits to friends and family as well as greetings of good luck. The Chinese government now stipulates people have seven days off for the Chinese Lunar New Year. 

If you happen to visit Beijing during the spring festival, you are kindly advised to take our pre-arranged spring festival day trips or tour packages in order to enjoy and experience the spring festival just as locals.

Chinese New Year Eve Experience Tour
Chinese New Year Eve Experience Tour Tour Code: BSF-01
Activities: Join a local family to prepare the coming of the spring festival, go to the market, decorate the home for the new year, make dumpling, watch CCTV gala show, new year eve dinner, play majiang, fire firecrackers, home visits...
Vehicle: Private Car or Van
Service: Private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Price: Starting from US$ 88 p/p

Beijing Spring Festival Day Tour
Beijing Spring Festival Day Tour Tour Code: BSF-02
Activities: Old Beijing Hutong Tour, Lama Temple, Ditan Park Temple Fair
Vehicle: Private Car or Van
Service: Entrance fees + lunch + private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Price: Starting from US$ 60 p/p

Lantern Festival Experience Tour
Lantern Festival Experience Tour Tour Code: BSF-03
Activities: Join a local family to prepare the coming of the lantern festival, a sign to the ending of the Chinese New Year, make yuanxiao ( glutinous rice ball) and eat the balls, take part in the lantern festival, enjoying the lantern and burning the firecrackers
Vehicle: Private Car or Van
Service: entrance fees + lunch + private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Price: Starting from US$ 88 p/p

Beijing Spring Festival 6-Day Tour Package
Beijing Spring Festival 6-Day Tour Package Tour Code: BSF-04
Activities: New year eve activities, temple fair, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven...
Vehicle: Private Car or Van
Service: Meals as listed + private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Price: Click Here

Spring Festival Sidebar:
The actual spring festival celebration of the Chinese New Year lasts 15 days starting from the first day of the Chinese lunar new year till Lantern Festival. Before the Chinese new year, Chinese will spend at least 15 days in preparing for the new year, buying presents, decorating their houses, preparing food and buying cloths for the New Year.

All transportation will be crazy with huge flood of people coming back home. People are back home for a family reunion on the Chinese New year Eve.

To meet the coming new year, every family is busy having a thorough house cleaning, in a hope to sweep away all the bad luck that have been following or may follow their family. People use paper-cuts and couplets to decorate the doors and windows. Most of the couplets are written with the very popular theme of "happiness", "wealth", "longevity" and "satisfactory marriage with more children". In some areas, people still keep the old tradition of having various kinds of food for the tributes to the ancestors.

The Eve of the New Year is greatly observed. The most important thing for the eve is the Supper! The supper on the eve is much expected, a feast with all family members coming back together. The mos popular course of the eve supper is "jiaozi", a kind of dumplings boiled in water. After dinner, it is time for the whole family to stay up for the night - " Guo Nian " - playing cards, board games or watching TV programs especially made for the occasion. Light will be kept on for the whole night. At midnight, people fire fireworks to sweep away all the ill fortune and welcome the good fortune in the coming year. The firecrrackers will light up the whole sky and people's happiness gets to its zenith.

The next morning, people, especially the children wear new clothes greet their parents. The children receive their lucky money in red wrapping. Then, the family go out to say hello to their relatives and neighbors. It is a good time for reconciliation. People cast their old grudges very easily through their greetings. The air is filled with warmth and friendliness.

The New Year comes to an end when the Festival of Lanterns sets in. Each lantern festival finds lantern shows and folk dance everywhere. One special food for the festival is the Tang Yuan, another kind of dumplings made of sweet rice rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or different fillings.

The coming of Lantern Festival marks the end of the New Year season. After the lantern festival, life is back to the daily routines once again.

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