2010 World Expo (Shanghai, China)

My friend Feizi invited me to visit her in Shanghai, China where she lives but she said: “Come 2010 when the World Expo will be held. Right now, there are dust and mess from the constructions for the expo…”

I remember thinking that it must be some significant event to warrant such constructions. That was the last time I thought about it till I stumbled across its website today. No wonder, it is the prestigious World Expo debuted in Hyde Park, London in 1851, “the third largest event in the world in terms of economic and cultural impact, after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games”.

From its website, it sure looks like Shanghai is making an investment due to such an event and the Pavilions built for the event reminds one of Beijing Olympic last year. Check out its website at: http://en.expo2010china.com/.

If you are going, it is definitely worthy making it part of your visit. Or maybe it is just the right perk that would send you on your way to China next year.

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Yvonne and Jay’s Niu Year Party

Raise the red lanterns

Raise the red lanterns

I love to entertain but have had to trim things down since the onset of Fibromyalgia. Chinese New Year’s Celebration however, a tradition I started in 2003, is a rite I am determined to carry on. Now, having given my 5th Chinese New Year party at my house on Feb 7, I feel satisfied and complete with my 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration. I am grateful to have so many friends to share with a cultural heritage I deeply care about. I thank everyone for coming and bringing foods, beverage, beer, wine and presents. I hope to see you again next year. Until then I’ll cherish the moments caught on camera. Continue reading

CAAOC Celebration of Chinese New Year

CAAOC 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration

CAAOC 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration

Among the different local celebrations for Chinese New Year, the best known is probably the one organized by CAAOC (American Chinese Association of Charlotte). Continue reading

Happy Niu Year!

Happy Niu Year!

Happy Niu Year!

With Year of Ox one week away (Jan 26, 2009), China is all abuzz about the holiday and preparation is in full swing. While students having their 4 week long winter break (mid Jan to mid Feb), the whole country will get at least one week off (official holiday for this year is Jan 25th to 31st).
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Two tales of Chinese New Year

福到-Happiness is here!

福到-Happiness is here

Christmas and New Year are barely behind, my Christmas decors are still up, and I am already thinking about Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (春节) as it is referred to in China. But yes, the year of Rat is going out and year of Ox will ring in the 26 of this month.

With the last Chinese New Year still so vivid in my mind, it is hard to believe almost a whole year’s time has passed since then. It feels as if it was not that long ago when I, my husband and son celebrated Chinese New Year 2008 in Guangzhou, China with my family and had the best Chinese New Year holiday in a long, long time.

Over almost 20 years that I’ve lived in the states, I went back to Guangzhou for Chinese New Year twice, 1995 and 2008, and I visited over the summer of 1997 and 2004. While I found changes from every visit, this longer visit in 2008 revealed stupendous changes China’s thriving economy has brought to the city of Guangzhou and the affect it has on my family and friends’ lives and the customs around Chinese New Year.
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Moon Cake

Moon Cake

Moon Cake


Once a year, full moon falls on Aug. 15th of the Chinese Lunar calendar, which can be any day between mid Sep. to early Oct. on the Georgina calendar; and this fifteenth day of eighth lunar month is Mid Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, second most celebrated of the four major traditional holidays in China: Spring Festival or Chinese New Year (春节 in Chinese), Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节 in Chinese), Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 in Chinese) and Tomb Sweeping Festival (清明节 in Chinese).
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