Date of Chinese New Year 2016: Feb.7, 2016 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to Feb.14, 2016 (Lantern Festival)

Chinese Spring Festival, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history, is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. 


In Chinese culture, it is believed that people share some common characteristics with the zodiac of the year when they were born.

  • Personality traits
    Charming, charismatic and extremely inventive, Monkey people are most noted for their intelligence and clever genius in working out difficult problems for themselves and others.
  • Sounds Like "High Official" in Chinese
    The Chinese character "猴" (hóu /hoh/ 'monkey') is pronounced the same as "侯" ('high official'), and the association dates back hundreds of years into feudal times.
  • Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey
    Many celebrities were born in the Year of the Monkey. We list 12 of them here.

The Hunan Government Website sincerely wishes all of you a prosperous Year of the Monkey and a safe and merry spring festival!
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