Wales now connects to 32 destinations across China with KLM, meaning travellers from south Wales can celebrate Chinese New Year by flying to one of the largest and most diverse countries from their local airport.
With up to three flights to Amsterdam Schiphol every day, one of the world’s key hubs offering flights to destinations across China including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Xiamen.
Chinese New Year is China’s most important festival and national holiday, celebrating the Year of the Dog in 2018. While celebrations vary greatly across the country, no matter which region you visit the experience is truly spectacular.
Spencer Birns, Commercial Director at Cardiff Airport said: “The route network to China is another example of how important KLM is to connect Wales to the world, offering even more routes from Cardiff via Amsterdam to destinations around the globe.
“The ease and convenience of flying from Cardiff, via Amsterdam means there is no need for travellers to travel down the M4 to fly from London which can save both time and money.
“The connections to China are also hugely important to bring visitors to Wales with strong business, tourism and educational links between the countries and we’re delighted to be welcoming more Chinese visitors to Wales and the UK each year.”
Chinese New Year’s Day falls on 16th February, however the Springtime Festival celebrations and special events last from 15th February until the beginning of March.
It is impossible not to get caught up in the energy of Chinese New Year in any part of China. While cities such as Hong Kong and Beijing offer huge celebrations and firework displays, visitors flying into Guangzhou and Xiamen can experience a more traditional feel to Chinese New year in the surrounding regions, with folk performances, and world-famous flower fairs.
Visitors to Hong Kong can expect the highly anticipated International Chinese New Year Night Parade. The celebration includes a magnificent parade of floats and performers celebrating Chinese traditions, while visitors can also enjoy the races at Sha Tin Racecourse on Chinese New Year Day. For something more traditional, the Well-Wishing Festival, which runs from 16 Feb to 4 March attracts thousands of locals and visitors to Lam Tsuen each year. Experience the ritual of throwing placards onto the wishing tree and lighting wishing lanterns for good luck.
Shanghai is typically a little quieter as many natives travel visit their families, however, The Yu Yuan Gardens hold an annual lantern party, which sees thousands of Chinese lanterns released into the sky. The Yu Garden is one of the oldest traditional areas in the city, and most of the traditional rituals take place here. It also provides some of the best shopping and cuisine options. Chinese New Year is certainly the time to taste as much Chinese food as you can: there are a number of specialty dishes such as dumplings and Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) which signify different things such as wealth, family and luck. Shanghai, being a very cosmopolitan city also has a buzzing nightlife, so you won’t be short of bars and clubs to join in with the celebrations into the early hours!
The Spring Festival is a prime time to visit Beijing, with lots of celebrations happening throughout the capital. Huge firework displays are a highlight but be sure to visit the colourful Spring Festival Temple Fairs, which run throughout the holiday. The Ditan Park Temple Fair is one of the largest and most popular, filled with performances, handicrafts and hundreds of stalls selling plenty of local snacks to taste!
Discover these ancient traditions and celebrations with daily connections available to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and multiple connections per week to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Xiamen:
Book your trip to China from Cardiff at KLM.com