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Chinese New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey, falls on 8 February. Elaborate dragon dances, colourful parades, and the exchange of ‘hong bao’ envelopes – these are the scenes of colourful Chinese New Year celebrations across RB’s destinations.

Shanghai

Shanghai
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Words EMMA RAMSAY

 

SHANGHAI
Red decorations in Shanghai traditionally signifies prosperity. Flamboyant lion and dragon dance, loud celebrations – these are some of the features that mark the Lunar New Year in Shanghai. The city also puts up a spectacular display of fireworks to round off the occasion.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Shanghai 3x weekly.

HO CHI MINH CITY
Lunar New Year in Vietnam is known as Tet. Visit Nguyen Hue Street with many scenic views and lovely spring blooms. Do try the Vietnamese traditional food like banh chung, banh day or banh tet. These dishes are special for this occasion.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Ho Chi Minh City 4x weekly.

HONG KONG
Chinese New Year celebration in Hong Kong was listed by Forbes as one of the world’s 10 best festival extravaganzas. Be part of the big International Chinese New Year’s Parade in the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on 8 February, and see an impressive fireworks with choreographed pyrotechnics display over Victoria Harbor on 9 February.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Hong Kong daily.

LONDON
London hosts one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia. Thousands descend on the West End to wish each other Xin Nian Kuai Le (‘Happy New Year’ in Mandarin) or San Nin Faai Lok (in Cantonese). Chinese New Year festivities in Central London take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies London daily via Dubai.

JAKARTA
The Lunar Chinese New Year’s celebrations in Indonesia is known locally as Imlek. Head to Chinatown, or pecinan to the locals, located just south of Jakarta’s Old Town. The area’s main roads – Jl. Pancoran, Jl. Kemenangan and Jl. Perniagaan are abuzz with red decorative lanterns, banners, lamps and angpau envelopes. The festival’s signature dish is the dodol Cina, a toffee-like sweet and sticky cake made from glutinous rice flour and caramel sugar, on sale at nearly every street vendor.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Jakarta 6x weekly.

KUALA LUMPUR
In this multiracial and multifaith city, the heart of Chinese New Year is ultimately the ‘open houses’ to mark the New Year with family, relatives and the community. On New Year’s Eve, families get together for a reunion dinner. This is traditionally held at the home of the elders, parents or the oldest male in the family. The whole celebration, lasting for a period of 15 days, culminates with the Lantern Festival known as Chap Goh Mei.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kuala Lumpur 2x daily.

SINGAPORE
Singapore starts its celebration early – three weeks prior and the air is festive with colourful processions and riotous lion dances. Shopping malls, Chinatown and major streets come alive with seasonal markets selling New Year goodies, as well as displays of innovative decorations created by students from Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) in collaboration with the festivities.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Singapore 2x daily.

MANILA
Binondo Market in Manila is where Chinese Filipinos, who make up roughly 25 per cent of the local population of Manila, go to celebrate the New Year.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Manila daily.

MELBOURNE
In recent years the festival has been one of Melbourne’s most celebrated festivals and is great for the whole family. A Chinese dragon, lions, street performers and cultural activity will fill the streets of Chinatown on Chinese New Year Sunday. During the “Dragon’s Awakening Ceremony”, the Dragon will parade through the streets of Melbourne starting in Little Bourke Street on 14 February.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily.

BANGKOK
Chinese New Year brings one of the most exhilarating celebrations to Yaowaraj, Bangkok’s Chinatown. Enjoy some fabulous acrobatic dance performances and concerts. Shopping malls and street markets offer special promotions and great discounts.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Bangkok 8x weekly.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
While the Chinese community in Brunei represents approximately 10 per cent of the total population, the Chinese New Year celebrations have been taking place in Brunei for centuries. Open house is a popular tradition. A grandly celebrated event and one of the highlights is with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mui’zzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Royal Family attending the annual open house of the TiongHwa community held at the International Convention Centre annually.

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