Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival is celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. Celebrations last for 2 weeks beginning with New Year’s Eve. It is standard practice to have one week off (7 days). The first day of the new year falls anywhere between January 21st and February 20th. Chinese New Year is full of myth, legend and lore. Customs also vary widely from region to region. Recently, the city of Chengdu has banned fireworks within the main city limits. While admittedly less festive, the air quality has improved greatly since the ban. For intense fireworks displays, it is best to leave the city. On that note, the city is almost empty during New Year’s as everyone returns to their family homes in other parts of the province, and the country. A great time to ride your bicycle unobstructed by traffic!