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A paws-perous new year wish for all our Chinese readers

A paws-perous new year wish for all our Chinese readers

The Spring Festival travel rush has started to recede as 5.5 million railway trips were expected to be made on the last day of the Year of Rooster, a decline of more than 37 percent from the previous day. The holiday is based off the lunar calendar and thus falls on a different day every year.

That means if your age is a multiple of 12 this year, you were likely born in the Year of the Dog - though if your date of birth is in January or February there's some margin for error. Those born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 are known as Dogs. It's said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you'll make in the year ahead.

Chinese astrologers predict that 2018 will be a positive year financially for both - individuals affected by the zodiac sign and people in general.

Homes are thoroughly cleaned before New Year's Eve.




He said during the festival, people make food offerings to their ancestors, and have lunch or dinner together with family members and friends. During the dance, more than 250 envelopes filled with everything from gift cards to candy will be given to guests, along with store incentives. For further information on the Giant's Causeway Chinese New Year celebrations, visit the website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/9aabe1b0-e129-4346-a304-8b9828f71bf3/pages/details or call 028 2073 1855. During what is known as chunyun, a 40-day travel season, almost 3 billion trips are expected to be made using public transport between February 1 and March 12, according to China's Ministry of Transport. "Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Europe, such as Italy and Spain, have grown significantly", a spokesperson for the company says.

Twelve animals were used to repeat a cycle of 12 years.

"When families are happy, the country can become happy", he said. Among the travellers, most of the post-1970s and 80s generation travellers will use the opportunity to spend time with families, and popular destination cities are Sanya, Beijing, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Kunming. "For normal days, the sales are not good, but when Chinese New Year season comes, the sales are up sharply". People sit around the table and enjoy traditional food. It's the equivalent of the UAE's Empty Quarter and was formerly a silk-route hub and centre for trade between China and the West.


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