Celebrate the Chinese New Year – Xin Nian Kuai Le!

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Shenyang : Celebrate the Chinese New Year – Xin Nian Kuai Le!
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Shenyang : Celebrate the Chinese New Year – Xin Nian Kuai Le!

What I love about my trips to Shenyang is that feeling of authenticity: China at its Jenuinely Chinese.

To be visiting during Chinese New Year – on February 8 to 10 this year – feels really festive and gives me even greater chances to see how locals celebrate the important date in the holiday calendar.

For 2016, or the Year of the Monkey, locals will celebrate as how they have for many dynasties past.

Families congregate on Chinese New Year’s Eve, February 7, when the custom is to get together and share a dinner of auspicious foods.

As the holiday hits full swing, from February 8, I’ll be following them to the local temple and lantern fairs up at Shenyang Palace. The ancient site presents a spectacular event for the Spring Festival. A light show, plus rows of gorgeous lit lanterns, is simply mesmerising, while folk dances and handicrafts are beautifully staged on the palace grounds.

As a self-confessed foodie, I also can’t wait to try a multitude of tasty morsels. Stalls at the fair showcase dishes from all over the country. I’ll be first in line for one of the favourites – a delicious mutton skewer.

Ask my staff for recommendations of what specialities you should feast on!