Spring Festival 2022 

The Year of the Tiger

Welcome to the online home of the China National Tourist Office in London's Spring Festival celebrations. Discover our fascinating Spring Festival content, learn more about the culture and history of this much-treasured tradition, and find inspiration to celebrate Spring Festival at home with your friends or family.

2022 is the Year of the Tiger. Tigers are known for their great courage, strength, and resilience. Those born in the year of the tiger are believed to be born leaders, powerful and fearless.

We hope you all have a prosperous Year of the Tiger, filled with happy memories and marvellous achievements. Find details of all of the magnificent online events from ourselves and our treasured partners, including what to expect, and how you can get involved in the harmonious spirit of Spring Festival.


A message from Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Zheng Zeguang

In his congratulatory remarks at the online launch ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Zheng Zeguang, underscored the implications of the Spring Festival in four English words: Hope, Home, Harmony, and Health.

View the full speech below:


New Year's Eve wishes from friends of CNTO London

To celebrate Spring Festival, we are overjoyed to present special greetings and wishes from some of CNTO London's distinguished culture friends.

See the video below:


Event Schedule

January 28th, 2022, London, UK - The China National Tourist Office, London and its partners, have launched a rich online programme of events under the banner ‘Chinese New Year at Your Fingertips’. The virtual series kicks off with China’s Spring Festival, to fall on Tuesday February 1, which is a traditional lunar calendar event that reminds us to cherish loved ones near and far.


Belfast


In mid-January, CMG Europe published a video on CCTV and CGTN about the students at Millburn Primary School in Coleraine, a town northwest of Belfast, Northern Ireland, singing "Meet me in Beijing". It quickly went viral in China, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson mentioned this report in a media briefing and applauded "this song showing the confidence and expectation for Beijing 2022”.

In addition to Milburn Primary School, over 3,000 teachers and students from dozens of Northern Irish schools also sent their best wishes for the Beijing Winter Olympics. They joined a competition to design posters for the Winter Olympics and Chinese Year of the Tiger. Subsequently, three mayors representing major communities in Northern Ireland, including the capital Belfast, sent their own messages about the Winter Olympics and a group of five mayors provided New Year messages broadcast on CMG’s TV and digital programs.


Birmingham


Famous Chinese classical pianist, Prof. Di Xiao from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, launched Didi & Friends Chinese New Year Celebration Concert Series in 2012, a show that mixes different artistic fabric from East to West, to form bridges and build friendship. Over the past 10 years, the series has become one of the most important music events to celebrate friendly China-UK relations.

Watch the excellent full performance here.


Bristol: 5th - 6th February


Bristol Museum curated and hosted a rich programme of interactive events over the weekend of 5th and 6th February to mark the Lunar New Year, including song and dance performances, martial arts displays, and family-friendly activities such as paper-folding and other crafts, and a tiger trail throughout the museum.

See the full programme of events here.

The Bristol West of England China Bureau is thrilled to present an exciting and exclusive Chinese New Year event. Join the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Steve Smith, The Rt Hon. Plus more special guests to celebrate the Year of the Tiger and the 50th Anniversary of UK-China relations at an ambassadorial level.

The banquet shall be reminiscent of family gatherings during this significant event in Chinese Culture. The Year of the Tiger promises to bring changes, risk-taking and new adventures.

Previous events are renowned for being joyful occasions filled with superb food. The menu is created by the distinguished chef Annie Wong, winner of the BBC Street Food competition.

This year is especially momentous as celebrations are able to happen in person again. The marvellous banquet will be accompanied by a Lion Dance Troupe and so much more.

Find more information on the event here.


Cardiff


Helena Gaunt, principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff introduces a lovely piece of music, the classic Chinese song, “Three Wishes from a Rose”.

The Welsh college has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. This agreement will birth captivating musical collaborations and promote cultural exchange between China and the UK.

"Three Wishes from a Rose" is jointly performed by three musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama: pianist Binglin Zhang, soprano Charlotte Forfar and tenor Rhydian Jenkins. The song was written by famous Chinese composer Huang Zi in 1932 and has been a must-learn song at Chinese music schools ever since.

See the charming performance here.



Edinburgh: 30th January - 1st February


Organised by Asian Association of Culture Commerce and Education in Europe (AACCEE), the celebration starts with lion and dragon dances outside the City Chambers on the Royal Mile at 4.00pm on Sunday 30 January. This free event features performances such as Tai Chi, martial arts and Chinese dancing followed by a parade. This parade will be led by the lion and dragon dancers along the Royal Mile up to Edinburgh Castle. From 5.00pm until 9.00pm, animations and films will be projected onto the Castle including the story of the tiger in Chinese folklore, and the stunning Rhapsody on the Luo River Goddess, which was shot underwater without the use of CGI. The Chinese New Year Celebration Light Show will run for three nights from Sunday 30th January - Tuesday 1st February.


Sponsored by the InterContinental Edinburgh The George, this classical opera piece is jointly performed by 3 musicians from the Scottish Opera: Chinese tenor Shengzhi Ren, Scottish Soprano Catriona Hewitson, and Derek Clark, Scottish conductor, repetiteur & arranger, Head of Music of the Scottish Opera.


London: 31st of January & 6th February


Night Market and Broadcast Performances

The London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) hosted a Night Market on the evening of 31st January, in Newport Place at the heart of London’s Chinatown, featuring a variety of stalls showcasing Chinese cuisine and culture.

The following weekend, on Sunday 6th February, London Live TV broadcast a special 90-minute programme to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

This programme will follow key themes linked to the year’s seasons. For Spring, the focus is on the first of China’s 24 solar terms, and the deep connection to nature which is embedded in Chinese culture. For Summer, creative performances including traditional Chinese dance and kung fu will be shown, as well as stunning scenery from Huang Mountain. For Autumn, cultural exchange will be at the centre, as the 50th anniversary of China-UK diplomatic relations are marked. For Winter, the Beijing Winter Olympics are the star, with striking footage from host venues and cities.


Chinese New Year Planetarium Shows: 29th January, 5th & 12th February


As part of the 2022 Chinese New Year Celebration at the Royal Greenwich Museums, the Royal Observatory hosted three special shows: a Mandarin show on the 29th of January, a Cantonese show on the 5th of February, and a Chinese Astronomy show on the 12th of February.

The first two shows will take the audience through a journey of the Solar System, in their native language. The Chinese Astronomy show will discuss topics in ancient and modern Chinese astronomy, including the link between Sun, Moon, stars and the traditional Chinese calendar, and modern space exploration.


China Hour Programming


China Hour Sky TV Channel 191

  • How the Chinese Celebrate: Spring Festival Folklore
  • Chinese New Year Special: Our Spring Festival
  • The Journey of Crabs
  • Masters in the Forbidden City
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year Three part series: 
    Chinese Food in the Year of the Tiger, My Family's New Year's Eve Dinner, Tiger Roar

Videos


China Culture presents "Happy Chinese New Year"


Enjoy the global launch and opening concert of the 2022 "Happy Chinese New Year" activities presented by China Culture, with a slogan of "Joy, Harmony, Sharing, Dialogue".

The concert includes both Chinese and western classical music and song, and performances on traditional Chinese instruments including pipa and erhu.


Art China Full Special Chinese New Year Online Gala

We are delighted to present a spectacular and immersive Chinese New Year show featuring a diverse range of immersive performances including opera, dance, singing, orchestra, and ballet! Celebrate Spring Festival with CNTO London and enjoy the astounding and heart-warming spectacle from China. Watch the full Art China online gala Spring Festival program right here.

Art China is a performing arts online platform belonging to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, built and broadcast for the benefit of the public.


Dragons Rising and Tigers Leaping

As families prepare their homes with traditional decorations for Spring Festival, join us in enjoying these fantastic performances from Gansu Province. “Silk Road in Symphony, Gansu in Harmony” showcases a spectacular variety of dance and song in celebration of Spring Festival. From skilled drum performances to captivating ensemble dance and acrobatic displays, to traditional shadow plays, plus a charming rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”, there are performances here sure to entertain and delight.


New Year's Eve Dinner

“Go home and be together” – the underlying theme for many Chinese at Spring Festival. Join Lin Yuanyuan as she travels to her family home for their traditional New Year’s Eve dinner.

Spring Festival is all about spending time with your loved ones, and what better way to do that than by enjoying some delicious authentic Chinese cuisine. Enchanting red decorations are hung whilst the whole family makes dumplings together.

Each family has their classic dishes for the new year. In this lovely video, we learn about scrumptious crispy sweet and sour pork, shijin salad, prawn balls, braised fish, popcorn radish and spring rolls!


The Year of the Tiger

Tigers have a profound significance in Chinese culture. The beautiful animals are often seen throughout Chinese history and have become a symbol of bravery, jubilation, and strength. This year’s Chinese zodiac animal, the tiger is also believed to ward off evil spirits!

Watch the fantastic tiger in action in this imaginative and entertaining trailer for the lunar new year.


Harmony, Connection & Fusion: Shanghai International Arts Festival Dance Performance

As families prepare their homes with traditional decorations for Spring Festival, join us in enjoying these fantastic performances from the Shanghai International Arts Festival showcasing a spectacular variety of dance and song in celebration of Spring Festival. From skilled drum performances, to captivating ensemble dance and acrobatic displays, to traditional shadow plays, plus a charming rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”, the performances here are sure to entertain and delight.

“Harmony” presents relationships between individuals, the harmony between people and nature, and the common development of people and cities, through the masterful switching of ballet styles, changes of rhythm, and the interaction between dancers of all ages.

In this dance from the series, “Connection”, integrating elements of modern dance and Chinese dance, traces China’s ancient culture and heritage, seeking answers which belong in today’s world.

“Fusion” explores humanity’s common questions through the dialogue between modern dance and hip-hop. Although time and space may be intertwined and concepts collide, the unswerving pursuit of ideals, truth and beauty prevail.


Images


Take a look at this selection of fabulously glorious Chinese New Year themed poster art.


Li Lei Contemporary Art Exhibiton

Join us in admiring this series of stunning pieces by Li Lei.

Li Lei was born in Shanghai in 1965 and is a professor at the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the former executive director of the Shanghai Art Museum. Alongside these awe-inspiring achievements, he is also a highly talented abstract artist.

The artist decorates the canvas by laying it on the ground and using theatrical arm movements, a method that has been compared to traditional Chinese drama performances. The free-flowing technique creates an extraordinary fusion of rich colours and emotion.

Li Lei interprets Chinese culture and translates it into his very own artistic language. The beautiful works combine spatial expression, spiritual atmosphere, and dramatic visual practice. His style is deeply philosophical and uniquely Chinese. 

Watch a 2020 interview with Li Lei here.


Heilongjiang: Ice & snow tour

Delve into Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost Province. This gallery of enchanting photographs will capture your imagination and transport you to the wintry landscapes.

Although the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics are taking place in the capital, Heilongjiang is the true home of winter tourism. 

Take in those glorious sights covered in an abundance of snow. These phenomenal images highlight the magnificent scenery, entertainment activities, and folk customs in Heilongjiang, including the notorious and astounding annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.


Zhu Gang's Life in Opera


Chinese opera painting has an intriguing history dating back hundreds of years. Renowned Opera Artist Zhu Gang fully immerses himself in the dazzling world of Chinese Opera.

Zhu Gang declares, “Every time I pick up the brush, I think about how to turn feelings into sensations, how to engrave myself into every line, and how to capture the beauty and how to show my heart within the characters”.

Gang has spent years perfecting his craft, and the results are gorgeous. Every piece represents the artist’s wholehearted devotion to depicting Chinese art. The distinctive style captures the illustrious opera performers and gives an impression of movement, inviting us, the viewers, to imagine the live performance ourselves.

As the Chinese saying goes, “An opera without spirit is no opera”, and the same goes for opera painting. We invite you to marvel at the brilliance of each exquisite artwork.

Be sure to watch the short film Zhu Gang's Life in Opera here.


Spring Festival Themed Artwork

These delightful paintings by talented Chinese artists reveal the stories of Spring Festival with scenes of quality family time, harvest celebrations, winter frolicking, countryside culture, farming tea, inheriting intangible cultural heritages, fishing, and relaxing in nature!

Be sure to check out each one of these splendid artworks. The motto Hope, Home, Harmony and Health is illustrated throughout these colourful and joyous pieces.

Throughout spring festival, we hope you all get to savour precious moments with your loved ones. The Year of the Tiger promises a thrilling new adventure.


TTF Haute Jewellery Paris

Admire the stunning craftsmanship of this Chinese Zodiac themed jewellery. Chinese born, Paris based Haute jewellery Maison, TTF, have become renowned for their beautiful jewellery made from high-quality metal and precious stones.

To commemorate Chinese New Year, TTF has released a special line of exquisite Chinese Zodiac themed jewellery pieces, which feature each of the zodiac's animals.


About Spring Festival


The Visual Identity of Spring Festival

As the recognition and celebration of Chinese New Year has increased around the globe, the need for an instantly recognisable symbol has grown; one which is synonymous with not just the Spring Festival itself but its many important meanings and messages too.

Since 2013, the above symbol has been used to promote Spring Festival across the world. So why this symbol? What does it mean, and what message does it share?

This design was derived from the ‘oracle’ version of the Chinese character for Spring - ‘oracle’ is the oldest form of Chinese writing, carved on animal bones thousands of years ago. It resembles seedlings breaking the ground in a sun-bathed vigorous season full of renewal and hope, symbolising Chinese philosophy of the unity and harmonious interaction between humans and nature.

It also depicts a family sitting around a table together for their New Year’s Eve dinner, an important tradition during Spring Festival, and one which captures the importance of home, family, and togetherness.

Finally, it suggests people singing and dancing around the world, welcoming the arrival of Spring. This message of global unity and harmony is fundamental to today’s Spring Festival.


Discover more about Spring Festival

Discover Chinese nature, life, cuisine, and art beyond your imagination! From traditional rural towns to bustling megalopolises, life takes many forms across China. In this video we travel across the country, taking a small look into the vast and dazzling components that comprise the enchanting Chinese culture.

Explore China’s rich culture through the lens of dazzling colours: emerald green, sapphire blue, champagne gold, silver-white, and ruby red. Stunning natural wonders, ancient temples, and modern cities are all discovered through the brilliant hues of China.

Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate the largest festival in the world, spanning the longest time, with the greatest number of participants. In this video, take a glimpse into Chinese New Year festivities across the globe as millions of people enjoy and celebrate this blissful holiday.

Discover the incredible tourism opportunities along silk road, commonly known as the first global trade route in history. Wonderful sights and marvellous Chinese culture are showcased across this charming region.

Discover the real China! With deep history, delicious cuisine, time-honoured handicrafts, and unique culture. China spans beyond your imagination!

Experience dazzling nature, depth of culture, deep cuisine, and joy in China! We hope to see you soon.


Hope, Home, Harmony & Health

Spring Festival’s spirit, meaning, and offering to the globe is captured in just three words: Hope, Home, and Harmony.

Hope: the festival heralding the arrival of new growth.

Spring Festival’s origins stretch back to China’s ancient Agricultural Calendar, also known as the Xia Calendar as it dates back to the Xia Dynasty. The year was broken into 24 ‘solar terms’, which captured the seasonal changes throughout the year. Throughout Chinese history, households decorated their homes ahead of the beginning of Spring, hoping for a successful and bountiful harvest. This hope, and the reflection of this tradition and its recognition of the connection between humanity and nature, today define what Spring Festival was, is, and will continue to be.

Home: the festival celebrated for family reunion.

In China, the mass migration of China’s huge population across the country is commonplace in the build-up to Spring Festival. At the heart of this movement is the ingrained need to be with one’s family unit for the festivities. The importance of family in Chinese society is high, with great value placed on the deep human relations at the heart of the family unit.

Harmony: the festival shared with the whole world.

Today, Spring Festival is celebrated across the globe, and offers people a window into Chinese culture and traditions. Historically, Chinese New Year was connected to the lunar calendar’s new year, and the term ‘Spring Festival’ wasn’t used to denote the same celebration until around 100 years ago. Countries near China who used to follow the lunar calendar also have their own lunar new year festivities, even those who now follow the Gregorian calendar, contributing to the spread of the annual celebrations around the world. Now more than ever, it is important to have a celebration of harmony across the globe.

 Health: the festival as an embodiment of the crucial link between humanity and nature.

As citizens of the same planet, we share many challenges ahead, from ecological and environmental, to the continuing effects of the pandemic. The 3 central ideas behind Spring Festival - hope, home, and harmony - each have their part to play as we work together to ensure the ongoing health of our neighbours, our loved ones, and our planet.  



Speciality Food

Learn how to prepare traditional Chinese Spring Festival Cuisine in this mouth-watering series! Find out more about these sensational eats; eight-treasure rice pudding, braised pork balls in gravy, fruit and prawn balls, fried spring rolls and crispy sweet and sour pork.

Budding chefs can study the easiest and most authentic way to create your favourite Spring Festival treats. Discover the story of each dish to celebrate the new year.


Jiaozi

Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi) are enjoyed in different ways across China throughout the festivities. Traditionally, Jiaozi are enjoyed as part of a reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve in northern China, with locals of mountainous regions tucking in for breakfast from the first to the fifth day of the first lunar month.

Tangyuan

Tangyuan are glutinous sweet rice balls made from glutinous rice flour and various fillings, which are cooked and served in boiling water, or fried or steamed. While jiaozi are more popular in the north, tangyuan are more popular in the south. Traditionally, they are eaten on the first day of the lunar new year.

Cooking a Whole Fish

Cooking a whole fish is a cherished tradition for Chinese families during Spring Festival. It is typically served on New Year’s Eve, with some left over for the next day to represent having enough to spare in the year to come, and in the south of China, it is usually the final dish enjoyed at a banquet on New Year’s Eve.


Lanterns

Lanterns decorate houses and streets throughout China during Spring Festival, which culminates with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new year.

On the 15th day, it’s customary for people to take a walk with their families and enjoy the colourful lanterns on display, and take part in fun activities such as guessing lantern riddles.


24 Solar Terms


China National Tourist Office London is honoured to introduce 'Seasons of China', a large-scale epic documentary produced by Xinhua News Agency CNC.

Ancient Chinese scholars divided the sun’s movements into 24 equal parts, known as the 24 solar terms. In ancient China, the creation of the 24 solar terms allowed for detailed agricultural planning.

These 24 solar terms are still celebrated today with much-treasured traditions and festivities throughout the year. The 24 solar terms feature on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Filming lasted for two years, spanning 24 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities all over China. Presenter Dominic Johnson-Hill explores the influence of the twenty-four solar terms on contemporary China.

Behold as fascinating stories from an amazingly diverse selection of people are presented in captivating twenty-minute instalments featuring an original soundtrack by the International Chief Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing.

Find out more about this remarkable and insightful TV documentary, discover each of the 24 solar terms riveting stories by visiting our 24 solar terms homepage below:


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Our Partners

Many thanks to our valued culture and tourism partners for our Spring Festival celebrations.

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