THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR

Celebrating Chinese New Year in a Chinese country has always been on my bucket list. It was one of those celebrations I wanted to see and experience the culture in real life. The movies and the celebrations we have in America make it seem so much fun. This would make anyone want to visit a country where they celebrate it. Lighting of the Lanterns, the dancing dragons, and the entire city coming together to experience the Chinese New Year definitely makes it bucket list worth for every traveler. Here are several things to do in Taipei during the Chinese New Year.

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Chinese New Year

To my surprise, the Lunar New Year was totally different than what I expected. It was still an amazing experience, just different. The Chinese (and Taiwanese) view the New Year as a special time to spend with your family. Couple days leading up to the New Year the entire city is closed down. Most shops and restaurants will be closed, and they won't reopen till after the New Year. It was actually quite eerie to see. Though everything on the streets is closed, you can still spot groups of families coming together to pray and eat outside. It was quite a beautiful sight. Search for other activities to do in Taipei here.

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Lanterns

It is tradition to light a lantern with wishes during this time, these lanterns are set off into the sky with handwritten wishes of health, wealth, intelligence, love, luck, success and happiness for the coming year. The town where the lanterns are set off is Pingxi. This is also where the huge lantern festival is held once a year. To my surprise, I thought the lantern festival fell on the same day New Year, but this year it's 15 days later (Feb 11th). So, I wasn't able to see the festival, but you're still able to light lanterns into the sky with your wishes. So light a lantern I did. Twice. Look for flights to Taipei here.

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Raohe St. Night Market

One of the most beautifully decorated spots in Taipei for CNY is the Raohe St. Night Market. This market is filled with amazing lanterns and colorful flower decorations. It is also the home of the Songshan Ciyou Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Taipei, and when visiting during CNY it has an extra beautiful glow to it. You can walk into the temple and see people praying, the entire gathering has its own charm. This area is definitely work going to check out for its vibrant colors, masses of people, and a real authentic look of Chinese New Year.

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Spending time with loved ones

I think what surprised me the most about this time of year was that there were no fireworks or parades in Taipei. You can hear children play with firecrackers all throughout the town for a few days before CNY and all throughout the entire week of CNY. The parade was something I was really looking forward to especially since certain cities in America even have parades and make the celebration out to be a party.

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Overall to experience Chinese New Year in an actual Chinese country should be on everyone's bucket list. It was definitely different than I expected and different than the Georgian calendar New Year. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful celebration for the Chinese with family and loved ones and one I was very happy to be a part of this year. Hope you enjoyed my list of things to do in Taipei during Chinese New Year. Search for hotels in Taipei here.

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