Chunyun (春运/the Spring Festival mass migration) begins
People all over the country return home. All transportation systems are jammed with people—better stay away from the airports, inter-city bus stations, train stations, and any other vital transportation hubs.
Chuxi (除夕/Lunar New Year's Eve)
Any shops that are still open close early in the afternoon on this day, and it's hard to get cabs. Best to do your shopping beforehand so you can stay at home and watch the biggest of the fireworks displays.
Chuyi (初一/First Day of Lunar New Year)
Major shopping outlets like supermarkets reopen, but most remain closed.
Chunyun return begins (approximate date)
Workers start their return trips. A second strain on the transportation system. Things gradually go back to normal over the following days.
Lantern Festival (元宵)
Go to the park to see the displays and eat tangyuan at home.
Last day of zhengyue (正月), the first month of the lunar new year
Marks the official end of the Spring Festival.
This article by Lucvy Wang was first published in CHENGDOO citylife Magazine, issue 62.
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