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Not home for the holidays: Travel for Chinese New Year

By Li Wenrui | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-12-28 13:38

Many Chinese tourists decide to take their annual vacation during the Spring Festival season. [Photo/IC]

Flexible schedules favored

Though the holiday officially spans Feb 4 to 10, many choose to leave their office in advance or postpone the return date. In this way, they will manage to avoid the crowds at the airports, and save a considerable sum on hotels and flight tickets.

If you haven't planned anything yet, here is an important tip – leave before Jan 31 or after Feb 7. The most expensive time to travel is between Feb 2 and 6, with a whopping average of over 10,000 yuan per person.

A view of fireworks at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, the US, April 5, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Different venues, same rituals

Family trips pay special attention to tradition and rituals, especially during the most conventional holiday in Chinese culture. "Many people still believe that Spring Festival is about family and the joy of reunion," said a management member of Caissa Touristic.

To create a homey experience overseas, the company designs a variety of events including a New Year's Eve dinner on the Nile, making dumplings at a Parisian castle, and a Chinese New Year gala at a five-star hotel in Amman.

World-famous landmarks also receive a Spring Festival makeover. From Feb 2 to Feb 17, Universal Studios Hollywood will dress its cartoon characters in traditional Chinese costumes. Visitors can also relish Asian pastries and share New Year resolutions under the wishing tree.

For all the globetrotters during the Spring Festival, have a great time with your family. For many others who celebrate it at home, enjoy your homecoming. If you haven't made up your mind, it's never too late to try something new!

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