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The Chinese Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals. It takes place in late January or early February and is filled with traditional activities. There are red lanterns, festival couplets, fairs, prayers, fireworks and lion dances, meaning all the traditional Chinese celebrations are rolled into one enormous festival at this destination. Guangzhou makes an ideal holiday destination to experience China at its best.
The Guangzhou museums have dozens of Spring Festival exhibitions including special exhibitions related to the upcoming Chinese year, as well as special courses for foreigners in things like Chinese cooking and lantern making.
The annual Spring Festival fireworks display in Guangzhou takes place on a night in early February, lighting up the skies above the city. The Opera House and Xinghai Concert Hall have Spring Festival concerts with classical singing and traditional dancing and music. Everywhere you go in Guangzhou during the Spring Festival is dedicated to flowers with beautiful exhibitions.
The legend of the Spring Festival is based on is about a demon called Nian who plagued people in the winter. The people realised that Nian was afraid of the colour red, flames and loud noises, so they put out red couplets on their gates, set off fireworks and beat drums and gongs to drive Nian away. Nian fled and the custom of celebrating the Spring Festival began.
The Guangzhou International Airport is the second busiest airport in China and has flights from airports in the Far East, Australia, North America and European cities.