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Things You Should Know about Chinese New Year Festival

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Holiday Closures 

Small shops, restaurants, and businesses will be closed for about 10 days during Chinese New year. Some supermarkets may still run during this period, but most close earlier than normal days. 

Transportation Problems 

During the "Chinese New Year rush" (January 13 to February 19, 2019), you may meet some problems in booking flights, trains, and road transportation. Trains and railway stations are particularly overcrowded. 


Things You Must/Mustn't Do to Avoid a Year of Bad Luck


Chinese people believe that the year’s start affects the whole year, therefore be mindful of taboos, which usually apply up to a month before the festival and continue to the end of the festival (the 15th Day of the first lunar month, the Lantern Festival).

1. Some believe that they mustn't do cleaning or wash their hair in the first three days as that will sweep/wash away good luck.

2. A cry of a child is believed to bring bad luck to the family, so the young are placated fastidiously.

3. No begging: to ask for a loan is a big "no-no".

4. Wearing red underwear: you will see red underwears sold at supermarkets and street markets. Red is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune.