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What To Do In Changsha This Chinese New Year



The following information was produced by en.changsha.gov.cn

Many scenic areas in Changsha are busy preparing for the upcoming Spring Festival. Temple fairs, performances, lantern shows will be staged to spread festival greetings. Lets take a sneak preview about the activities.

Ningxiang, ChangshaTemple Fair and Hot Springs
Duration: January February, 2020
Venue: Changsha Fantawild Oriental Heritage Theme Park

A Spring Festival Temple Fair will be launched, presenting folk customs, intangible cultural heritage lanterns, and providing traditional snacks.

Venue: Tanhe Ancient Town
Visitors may take part in gift presenting of the God of Wealth, which is a traditional custom to celebrate Lunar New Year in China. They may also try hands at folk cultural activities, such as writing Spring Festival couplets, making paper-cuttings pasted on panes, and making lanterns. Miyin Temple and Guanshan Ancient Town are must-goes for New Year prayers. Folk performances including dragon dance and flower-drum opera will be staged.

Duration: December 18, 2019 - Janaury 18, 2020
Venue: Huitang Hot Springs Resort
The 8th Huitang Hot Springs Festival is ongoing. The 3rd Ningxiang Spring Festival serial activities kicked off simultaneously. Visitors may watch New Year dramas, view calligraphy works and paintings, and experience cultural heritages.

Shiyan Lake, Changsha Molten Iron Show
Duration: till February 16, 2020
Venue: Shiyan Lake

Activities: molten iron show, on-stage performances, lantern show, interactive game, and folk performances.

Window of the World, Changsha Chinatown-style Temple Fair
Duration: during Spring Festival holidays
Venue: Window on the World, Changsha

Activities: foreigners in Tang suit interact with tourists at a Chinatown-style temple fair. Fireworks shows, Chinese Kung Fu and dragon and lion dances will be staged.

Wenjiashi Town, Changsha Poetry Event
Date: Night of Little Chinese New Year (January 18)
Wenjiashi is among Hunans Ten Featured Cultural Tourism Industry Towns. On the Little Chinese New Year that falls on January 18 this year, a poetry event and Spring Festival couplet writing will be held at Wenjiashi Town Scenic Area, to present New Year greetings to visitors.

Source: enghunan.gov.cn

Tongguan Kiln Ancient Town, Changsha Spring Festival Activities

Drama Festival
Duration: January 22 - February 9, 2020
Activities:

Traditional operas with Hunan characteristics including Hunan Flower-drum Opera, Xinkang Shadow Play, Xiangxi Shadow Play, and Folk She Huo Parade, will be staged.

Duration: January 22 - February 9, 2020
Activities:
-Chinese traditional intangible cultural heritage techniques such as making dough figurines, sugar figures, ciba (glutinous rice cakes), and pottery will be presented.
-Tourists can participate in childhood games such as guessing lantern riddles, putting up New Year paintings, and throwing coins.

Food Festival
Duration: January 22 - February 9, 2020
Activities:
Snacks such as Tangyou Baba (glutinous rice cakes fried in sweet oil), stinky tofu, roasted pears, and sugar paintings will be displayed.

Folk Fun Festival on Fujie Street
Duration: January 25-31, 2020
Activities:
A temple fair featuring a variety of New Year goods and folk customs will be held.

Folk Customs Themed Activities
Duration: January 18-29, 2020
Activities:
-Making tofu (January 18)
-Making ciba (January 22)
-Making sweet wine (January 23)
-Setting off firecrackers and pasting the red Chinese character Fu (January 25)
-Touring Tongguan Kiln Ancient Town with mothers-in-law (January 26)
-Welcoming the God of Wealth, and offering sacrifices to the God of Kiln (January 29)

Lantern Festival Activities
Duration: February 8-9, 2020
Activities: lantern show, temple fair, guessing lantern riddles, floating river lanterns for New Year blessings. 

Chinese source: hn.chinanews.com

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