‘Chinese increasingly travelling to Europe during Chinese new year

‘Chinese increasingly travelling to Europe during Chinese new year

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This weekend, celebrate more than a billion Chinese worldwide the Chinese new year. Increasingly, Chinese during this period on a holiday to Europe, though it was there last year, partly due to terrorist attacks yet to see a dip.

The most popular destinations are Spain, Great Britain and Italy, according to research by ForwardKeys. The biggest cause of the decline last year were the terrorist attacks. Only Turkey remains behind in the number of Chinese visitors.

The same research shows that the Chinese are increasingly with their family on the road. During the Chinese new year walk big cities empty and move the Chinese back to their families in villages and other destinations in Asia. According to ForwardKeys is more and more to see that the people who go to a large city, moved their family to let fly. The period of Chinese new year is also known as the largest displacement of people in the world.

The Chinese new year is celebrated on the first and fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. The feast is also known as the spring festival, and is one of the most important Chinese holidays. In addition to China, also in other countries with a large Chinese community the Chinese new year is celebrated.

China celebrates year of the rooster


Each Chinese year is in the sign of an animal from the zodiac. This year stands in the sign of the Rooster. That means, according to the Chinese that there is a promising and fruitful year arrive. The use of them comes from a Chinese legend, which the order describes in which animals arrived at the legendary yellow emperor Huangdi. Last year was the year of the Monkey.

The Chinese new year can be compared with Christmas in western countries. There is particular attention paid to family, rituals, offerings at temples and rich food. Also the fireworks plays an important role. In addition, the new year is celebrated with dragon and lion dances.

In the Netherlands, the Chinese new year are celebrated in The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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