If you're considering a trip to China for the holidays, you'll find that some of their Christmas traditions are similar to ours, but many are very different. You'll see decorated trees, beautiful lights, and many scenes similar to the ones you would see at Christmas in the United States, but in China, most of the decorations are intricate paper folding that form flowers, lanterns and chains on the tree.
Yes, they have Santa in China, but they don't call him by the name Americans do, he's referred to as Dun Che Lao Ren (dwyn-chuh-lau-oh-run), which means Christmas Old Man. Another name for Santa is Lan Khoong. Although most citizens of China are not of the Christian faith there are still plenty of celebrations.
The festival where everyone celebrates the most, occurs at the end of January, call the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. This is the time when children receive gifts of toys and clothing, every one feasts and, unlike in America, there are huge fireworks shows around the country.
|Chrildren putting wishes on wall|
The Forbidden City is another must-see while visiting China. With over 720,000 square meters, the place is massive. Nearby, the Fragrant Hills Park should be on your itinerary. And, of course, the Great Wall of China, must be seen before leaving. Also check out the Lama Temple, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and Wo Fo Si (Temple of Reclining Buddha).
Whether you're traveling to China to enjoy Christmas there, or you're going to avoid the commercialization of an American Christmas, you'll find exactly what you're looking for...and then some. China is one of the most beautiful countries...holiday or not...and you'll really enjoy yourself.