Celebrate Chinese New Year in China

Study Anthropology in China

Celebrating Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year is one of the best ways that you can help celebrate sustainable cities and communities in the region. Each place has its unique way of celebrating, which is why celebrating this iconic festival is a great way to tick some items off your world travel bucket list.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Your journey starts in Beijing, the capital of China. Beijing is the place to be for Chinese New Year celebrations, and you’ll get to celebrate in the specific style of this city. In Beijing, the emphasis is on honoring the family.

Your guide will take you on a tour of this incredible city, as well as give you an overview of the ceremonies that honor Chinese ancestors. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner with your host family.

No trip to China is complete without checking out the Great Wall! On the second day, you’ll travel from Beijing to the Great Wall. Your private transportation will drive you to this magnificent ancient marvel, and you will learn about its strategic importance to China.

On the third day, you’ll take the three-hour flight from Beijing to Shanghai. Shanghai is one of the most incredible cities in China, and it is even more impressive during Chinese New Year when you can check out the Yuyuan Old Town Bazaar’s lantern displays and burn incense at the City God Temple or Longhua Temple.

You will take a bicycle tour of Shanghai to get a better understanding of this important metropolis.

Today, you’ll enjoy a private tour of Shanghai’s culinary culture with a private food tour that will highlight some of the delicacies that you can enjoy in China during the New Year, and at all other times of the year! You’ll feast on favorites like rice dumplings and Xunyu, Shanghai’s staple fish dish You will also sample Babofan, a traditional rice pudding, or try Nian Gao, which is a special cake that is only made during the Chinese New Year.

You will also learn about the importance and historical relevance of all of these foods.

This morning, you’ll take a two-hour flight to Xi’an, where you’ll get to experience the phenomenal Xi’an City Wall Lantern Festival. This spectacle is certainly not to be missed, as the Xi’an ancient city wall is decorated with a whole host of colorful lanterns. Your trip will also include a visit to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and Daming Palace Site Park.

Today you’ll experience Chinese New Year in a whole different international way by making the five-hour flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok has a huge Chinese population and is alive with activity during Chinese New Year. You’ll find street dancers and performers, as well as some of the best street foods in all of Southeast Asia.

Your last full day will be spent in Bangkok. During the morning, you’ll get a personalized culinary tour of Chinatown, where you can sample local authentic delicacies as well as shop for the perfect souvenir to bring back home. Before your flight home, you’ll also have an opportunity to tour the Reclining Buddha and the Emerald Buddha, two important destinations in Bangkok.

It’s time to say goodbye to wonderful China and soak up all your learnings from the week. We hope you enjoyed your time! After a final group breakfast, head to the airport for your flight home and onward journey.

If world travel in Southeast Asia is on your bucket list, this journey to China with a bonus stop in Bangkok to study anthropology and celebrate Chinese New Year is not to be missed. You’ll get a great overview of how the holiday is celebrated by visiting some of China’s most iconic sites including the Great Wall, plus you’ll get to enjoy some delectable food and experience authentic culture and tradition on this once-in-a-lifetime trip!


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