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Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

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2016-02-05

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

The city of Changchun, Jilin province, will have special events to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year with around 300 temple fairs, prayer ceremonies, gala parties in parks, and a lot more. You can go skiing, get fresh street eats or visit museums with family members. For the book worms among you, there are libraries where you can relax and be indulged in knowledge.

Here is a quick guide to some festivities during 7-day holiday:

Flower show

Venue: Changchun children's park

Hours: 8 am - 4 pm, Feb 2-22

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

This flower show in the park greenhouse will be ablaze with peonies, peach and plum blossoms and other beautiful flowers in spite of the freezing cold weather outside.

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

The park will also be filled with a festive atmosphere and decorated with red lanterns, silk flowers and monkey images for the Year of the Monkey.

 

Ice and snow activities

For anyone interested in skiing, the Jingyue national forest park is a good place to go during the holiday. It's open every day, except for the afternoon of Chinese New Year's eve, Feb 7.

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

Two of the must-see-and-do items are the ice sculpture exhibition and skiing for the Chinese New Year. This year, the park has sculptures in the shapes of Beijing's national stadium, the Great Wall and ornamental pillars, lit by LED lighting at night. And Nanhu Park will have 40 ice and snow sculptures in display.

Art exhibition

Venue: Manchukuo Museum Imperial Palace

Time: Feb 9 - 13

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

The Manchukuo Museum Imperial Palace will have two exhibitions during the Chinese New Year -- one on Chinese Coins with a historical overview of Chinese currency, the other on portraits of religious figures. Anyone 60-years or older can get in for free with an ID.

 

Prayer ceremony for the Lunar New Year

Venue: Changchun Confucius Temple

Time: 9 am - 12 pm, Feb 8-13

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

The Temple will hold prayer ceremonies in Lunar New Year for people looking for good fortune in the coming year. The temple is open free of charge.

Library specialties

Those wanting to recharge their batteries during the 7-day holiday can pause for a bit of relaxing reading in a library. All you need to know is the hours:

Jilin provincial library

Hours: 9 am-12 pm, Feb 7

9 am- 3 pm, Feb 8-13

Changchun municipal library

Hours: 9 am-12 pm, Feb 7

9 am- 3 pm, Feb 8-10

9 am - 6:30 pm, Feb 11-13

Changchun children's library

Hours: 10 am- 2 pm, Fe 7-9

10 am- 3 pm, Feb 10-13

Special report: Enjoying Chinese New Year in NE China

There will also be a guessing game about Spring Festival, the morning of Feb 7. Anyone interested feel free to join in.

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