Festival - Spring - Chinese New Year, Beijing
I think it is worth of visiting Beijing during traditional Spring Festival in Beijing, when a number of funny and impressive activities are available, and I think Beijing is the best place for the foreigners to experience an authentic Chinese culture. the Great Wall is truly a world-famous attraction that's worth of your time.
Fireworks are available for purchase/use in Beijing for only one month every year, leading upto the Chinese New Years.
Everybody in the city stockpiles a massive quantity for the three day New Year celebration, unleasing a torrent of noise and light everywhere you go. Back alleys, main roads, parks, shopping mall entrances. Everywhere except for Tienanmen square, where the police search everyone to make sure they don't cause a ruckus...
The fireworks are cheap and powerful.
I stopped at a stand in the country (returning from Mutianyu) and filled up my backpack for about $4.
Have fun! :)
And be careful!
What better place to spend the Chinese New Year than in Beijing.
We normally go back to our home countries during the golden week holidays except this time when we had to work. But we had a day off and we went to Ditan Park to join the locals in welcoming the Year of the Monkey. People galore! We enjoyed the bazaar, food fair and just... monkeying around. It was all good fun.
Being in Beijing over Spring Festival - known as Chinese New Year in other countries - is a fantastic but very strange experience. Everything is shut, millions of people leave the city to return to their home towns and villages, and travelling outside the city is an absolute nightmare as public transport collapses under the sheer weight of numbers. But it's also fascinating - the city is covered in red and yellow flags and lanterns, lively 'temple fairs' spring up, and if you know some locals then it's a great time for parties and get-togethers.
I wouldn't have missed it for the world and you can read all about it by going to my Spring Festival travelogue
if u happen to be in china around chinese new year, 'Miao Hui' is something u shouldn't miss. the biggest ones r 'di tan miao hui' and 'long tan hu miao hui'. it's a form of fun fair (food, game, show etc.) sometimes combined with religious activities (pray for good luck in the coming year).
a good opportunity to discover traditional chinese culture, as many shows and toys sold in 'miao hui' has been passed on from generation to generation. in some shows, people actually dress up in traditional outfits. always damn CROWDED (interesting people-watching u can do), so watch out ur stuffs.
Miao Hui is a Chinese traditional assembly during the Spring Festival. Nowadays, Miao Hui will be holding in The Altar of the Earth, Long Tan Hu park and Chang Qiao, etc.