Chinese New Year Gains Attention Across Globe

March 1, 2018  Editor: Qiao Ziyu

Many foreign media outlets have made special reports on Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, with growing attention in recent years.

In 2016, the BBC produced the documentary series Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth, which triggered much discussion among Asians and Westerners.

In 2017, The Economist website published an article called "The Grandest Chinese Festival is Going Global", analyzing some reasons why Spring Festival was popular around the world.

In 2018, the Year of the Dog, some foreign media paid more attention to the changes in the celebration of Spring Festival.

One Spanish news agency reported on the red lanterns, temple fairs and joyous atmosphere palpable in Beijing and other cities.

Family reunions are a permanent theme of Spring Festival. The website of Singapore Straits Times said the "Reverse Spring Rush" has become popular along with economic development and urbanization, as many youngsters arrange for their parents to come to them for the holiday.

Among other changes, some families now choose to spend their holiday traveling. According to statistics, the number of tourists in Beijing during the festival has been increasing over the past two years, reaching 1.5 million in 2017, an increase of 3.6 percent from the year before.

China Tourism Academy predicted that next year, China's outbound tourists would reach 6.5 million with the top two destinations being Thailand and Japan.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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