Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year!

This is the biggest holiday and celebration observed by many populations, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, and Macau. This year, Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, January 28, and it’s the Year of the Rooster.

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Chinese New Year feast!

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the red dragon

Last November, I made a trip to mainland China and traveled to a couple of really amazing places. Beautiful destinations, must-eat food, and memorable experiences. I’ve always liked this one popular travel quote, which I find to be true.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

I love being able to explore some place new. I think that’s really how you learn and grow as a person. Reading about a place and its people is one thing (and certainly beats not reading and forming judgmental perspectives based on what other people think), but there’s just something else about physically visiting a new place and immersing yourself in the history and culture. When you do so, you’re forming memories that are purely yours.

If you’re planning a trip to China, the worst time to go is in the summer. Of course, I’m not much of a summer weather gal so my opinion is skewed. Between the 100° F/37° C temperatures and the throngs of people on the streets, it feels like you’re in a furnace. If you can, the best times to visit China are in the spring and early autumn. We visited in late November, so there were some chillier days. Perfect sweater weather!

Check out the places I visited below! If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I can provide more information and/or tips.

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