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Updated: 2011-10-30 07:47

(China Daily)

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Japan's night festivals

One of Japan's most spectacular yomatsuri (night festivals) will be held at the little town of Chichibu near Tokyo on Dec 2 and 3. Fireworks, traditional performing arts and an action-packed parade of huge, illuminated floats will entertain the crowds. This wonderful festival dates back more than 300 years, held in honor of the town's six protective kami (deities), each of which occupies one of the floats. For more information, e-mail visitjapan@jntonyc.org.

Thanksgiving parade

Macy's colorful Thanksgiving Day parade is one of New York's best.

The parade on Nov 24 features clowns, floats, marching bands and plenty of celebrities. Gigantic helium balloons of cartoon heroes will steal the show.

The route starts on 77th Street and finish on 7th Avenue. The best viewing spots are at Columbus Circle and Times Square. Details on the website: www. Macys.com.

Hong Kong wine fair

New Chinese and old Bordeaux wines tantalize your palate at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair from Nov 3 to 5. As Asia's biggest wine exhibition, it will offer a wide range of high quality wines and spirits, beer and other alcoholic beverages, a wine and spirit tasting, special events including wine industry conference and Asia's top sommelier summit. For details, log on the website: www. hktdc.com.

Spring Festival abroad

Byecity Travel website has launched a new package for families who hope to experience the Lunar New Year overseas in the United States. Two options, for 10 days and 14 days are available, both including iconic destinations like Washington and Hollywood. You also get to enjoy a dumpling or jiaozi banquet at Disney Land in California on the third day of the New Year. Prices are from 23,999 yuan ($3,768) per person. More information at www.group.byecity.com.

(China Daily 10/30/2011 page16)