Topic: Chinese New Year

Latest news about Chinese New Year in the Asia Pacific Region.

Exclusive mahjong games from top luxury brands at hand during CNY

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The mahjong game has taken luxury fashion brands by storm in recent weeks. Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Prada, to...

Singapore design studio launches special-edition masks for CNY

TAIPEI (The China Post) — During the Chinese New Year, everyone is happy to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Asked whether...

China reserve shows off 10 panda cubs to mark Lunar New Year

BEIJING (AP) — Ten panda cubs made their public debut in China’s leading panda reserve Wednesday morning to mark the coming Lunar New Year. One appeared shy and covered its face with both paws when it saw the crowd, while another went rogue and crawled away from its keeper before being caught. The pandas range in age from 4 to 6 months, and all resulted from natural mating, according to the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan province.The black-and-white fluff balls made their appearance in a playground at the center adorned with Lunar New Year's decorations including lanterns, traditional Chinese knots, paper cars and flags.“Newborn baby pandas from the class of 2020 ... wish you a happy New Year and lots of good luck in the Year of the Ox,” their keepers shouted with the pandas in their arms, while some tried to clamber away. Bamboo baskets of treats were prepared for the pandas, with the Chinese character “fu,” meaning good fortune and blessings, written on the outside.This mimicked the Chinese tradition of adults giving red envelopes with money inside to children during the Lunar New Year to pass them good wishes and blessings.Instead of money, the baby pandas got snacks. Some of them were curious about the baskets, while others were distracted by the toys and decorations nearby. As of December, there were 44 panda cubs worldwide, and more than half were bred in China.China has prided itself on its efforts to preserve a species that was endangered for many years. Pandas are also a symbol of China and part of its cultural diplomacy. ___Associated Press news assistant Caroline Chen contributed to this story.

Sending CNY gifts, even to former President Chen, is customary: Hou You-yi

TAIPEI (The China Post) — New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said Wednesday that sending out gifts during the Chinese New Year's holiday...

Flower farms see their Lunar New Year sales wilted by virus

HONG KONG (AP) — The Lunar New Year holiday is usually a busy period for flower farms in Hong Kong, which gear up to sell plum blossoms, orchids and daffodils at flower markets during the festive season. But the pandemic and restrictions on such festive markets this year has taken a toll on many farms, who worry that they may be left with an oversupply of flowers.Traditionally, Lunar New Year fairs – known as “flower markets” in Cantonese – are held before the holidays, with thousands of florists and festive goods vendors hawking their wares to the public. This year, the Hong Kong government will implement restrictions on such markets, which can only run at half-capacity and shortened business hours.The policy has prompted concerns from farm owners like Yeung Siu-lung, who runs one of Hong Kong’s largest orchid farms. To prepare for the festive season, he had grown over 30,000 pots of orchids in 10 greenhouses at Hong Kong’s rural New Territories.Yeung, who had initially planned to have 16 stalls in flower markets, is now planning alternative arrangements to sell his supply of orchids, including selling them online or encouraging buyers to visit the farms directly.Lunar New Year is traditionally a boost for some businesses in Hong Kong, especially retail businesses. There is usually a big seasonal sale of festive items such as holiday snacks, gifts and household decorations, which often include flowers. Flower farms like Yeung typically make about 50% of their profits from the Lunar New Year season alone, according to business analyst Francis Lun.Pinky Chan is one of Yeung’s customers who drove an hour to his farm to buy orchids. Amid the ongoing pandemic, Chan thought it was still important to create a festive atmosphere amid difficult times.“We Chinese people feel happier if our homes are filled with red and green during the Lunar New Year,” Chan said. “Because of the pandemic, we are all not very happy, we are not able to meet with our families. So I hope buying a pot of flowers for my parents can make them feel a bit happier.”

MOTC to implement crowd control measures during CNY holiday

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) announced Tuesday that it will cooperate with the Central Epidemic Command...

Eight Taiwan banks to offer crisp banknotes for CNY

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Ahead of the Chinese New Year, Taiwan's central bank (中央銀行) announced on Tuesday that new banknotes exchange service will...

Tickets for extra THSR trains during CNY holiday on sale Thursday

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR,台灣高鐵) announced Tuesday that it will run 12 additional trains — six southbound and six northbound...

Ten creative red envelopes to share for Chinese New Year

TAIPEI (The China Post) — As the Chinese New Year is around the corner, everyone has started collecting red envelopes. Against this backdrop, Pinkoi,...

New Taipei City cancels Chinese New Year street-shopping event

TAIPEI (The China Post) — New Taipei City will cancel its annual Chinese New Year’s street-shopping event due to the pandemic, Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said...