Festivals and events in China
Chinese New Year
Also referred to as the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is the most important celebration of the year in China with festivities taking place for 15 days. During this time, families are reunited as workers take a week off and children get a month off of school. Traditional red decorations, which symbolise good fortune and prosperity in the coming year, are put up and fireworks explode across the sky. People in Beijing usually eat dumplings during the festival as, again, they signify prosperity.
Chinese New Year – January 27th to February 11th 2017
Harbin Ice Festival
Those planning a Trans-Siberian adventure in the winter months should consider timing their departure from Beijing, or arrival into Beijing, during the Harbin Ice Festival
. An easy train ride from the capital, the city of Harbin becomes a winter wonderland as Zhaolin Park is filled with incredible ice sculptures created by some of the world's most talented sculptors. It's the largest of its kind with the bitterly cold weather perfect for maintaining the hundreds of neon-lit exhibits and fun slides made entirely out of ice.
Harbin Ice Festival - January 5th to February 25th 2017