Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history. It is the grandest and the most important annual event for Chinese people.
Being one of the traditional festivals, it is the time for the whole families to reunite together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners.Based on Chinese lunar calendar, the New Year has no exact date and it changes each year, but it mostly falls on a day from January 21st to February 20th in Gregorian calendar. The lunar calendar also defines the 12-year repeating cycle of Chinese zodiac, and each year is named after an animal.
Tourism revenue in Beijing rose 2.9 percent year on year during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, according to the municipal tourism commission.
The Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year was on February 8 this year. It is the most important holiday in China for family reunions.
The number of tourists during the Spring Festival holiday topped 9.19 million in the city, up 1.9 percent from the same period last year, the statement said.
According to the statement, historical sites, including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall as well as ski resorts and traditional temple fairs attracted most of the visitors.