Gong Xi Fa Cai ! How to Spend Chinese New Year in Taiwan?

 CNY holidays start from Jan 27th to Feb 1st, and 2017 is the year of rooster in chinese lunar calendar. During this time, there’re going to be many different kind of chinese traditional activities around Taiwan. If you happened to be in Taiwan these days, here are tips for you to be more like locals to enojoy Chinese New Year holiday!

Nostalgic house with decoration in Tainan rural scene,Taiwan.

1.Year-end Clean Up

Before Chinese New Year, Taiwanese will spend days for year-end clean up. It means we get rid off all the bad luck during the past year and welcome a fresh new year.

Taipei, Taiwan - January 16, 2017: Taipei residents and tourists stock up on traditional food and snacks at the Dihua St. New Year's market, the cityâs biggest New Year’s market, in preparation for Lunar New Year's eve and the following New Year's holiday.

2.New Year’s Shopping

If you’re in Taiwan, do not miss markets for new year’s shopping in Dadaocheng! Not just food, but also candies and new year decoration. For foreigners, they are the perfect places for you to enjoy CNY atmosphere!


Taiwanese are crazy about gambling at CNY. Pokers, dice, and mahjong are the most common choices. Some people may even wear red underpants to hope for winning more money!

Taipei, Taiwan - February 1, 2014: traditional Chinese temple named Mengjia Longshan Temple in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan, served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers.

4.Worship Gods and Ancestors

The first day of CNY, most families will go to temples to pray for good in the upcoming year. Temples are full of people all the time, and this can probably be the busiest time for gods!

Taipei, Taiwan - July 17, 2016: street view of taipei at night. Taiwan museum at 228 peace park is established in 1908, the oldest museum in Taiwan.

5.Enjoy Traffic Jam Everywhere

You’ll find people everywhere around Taiwan during CNY holiday. Most Taiwanese go outdoors for vacation or visiting relatives, and highways are always filled with cars. Don’t be impatient for this, it’s another way to experience and make you more like a local!

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