Best Places in the US to Celebrate Chinese New Year ...

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Chinese New Year is one of the most colorful celebrations and is also one of the most welcoming.

If you wish to imbibe some of the glorious Chinese culture in the United States these cities play host to glorious celebrations.

1. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

The Chinatown neighborhood celebrated its 100th birthday just a short couple of years ago, and it’s still going strong.

With over 10,000 community members it lends itself to a formidable New Year’s celebration.

In 2017, the annual celebration runs from January 28 through February 12, and along with the annual parade (complete with a dragon dance), it will feature special performances, cultural events, and delicious goodies.

2. Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Celebrations begin January 29, and includes delightful offering such as a free Shenzhen Pop Music Show at the Kennedy Center and a fashion show at the Textile Museum.

DC is perhaps best known for its yearly parade on H Street, drawing in 40,000 spectators per year.

It features the traditional and electrifying dragon and lion dance, along with music and regalia.

Throughout, you’ll have the opportunity to watch kung-fu demonstrations, eat mouth-watering foods, and learn traditional arts such as calligraphy.

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Although Las Vegas hasn’t been big on celebrating Chinese New Year in the past (2017 will only be its 6th year), it only makes sense to celebrate this cultural event since China is the city’s largest source of Asian visitors.

The Chinese New Year in the Desert kicks off on January 28 this year, and will be held in multiple locations throughout the week.

Participating venues include Le Cordon Bleu School, the LINQ Promenade, the Fashion Show Mall, Downtown Container Park, the Forum Shops, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

4. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Chinatown in Boston is centrally located and is the third largest in the US.

There will be lots of activities but on February 12th local businesses hang fruits and vegetables in their doorways in anticipation of the “lions” that will soon come heading the parade to investigate the food offerings.

Also in the parade are numerous dancers and kung fu performances.

The surrounding area holds many opportunities for sampling delicious fare.2

San Francisco, California
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