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A Very Chinese Chinese New Year Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Culture

Spring Festival in southeast Yunnan.

Spring Festival in southeast Yunnan.

After a 6-year hiatus from celebrating the Spring Festival in China, I decided to keep it local this year and take a short trip through southeast Yunnan’s Honghe Prefecture in favor of a beach vacation. Check out some highlights from our trip through this stunning part of China, home to many Hani and Yi people, stunning rice terraces, and it being the Chinese New Year plenty of eating, drinking, and fireworks.

春运 – chūn yùn

Spring Festival rush

红河州 – hóng hé zhōu

Honghe Prefecture

建水 – jiàn shuǐ


情人节 – qíng rén jié

Valentine’s Day

羊年 – yáng nián

Year of the Sheep

红河县 – hóng hé xiàn

Honghe County

哈尼族 – hā ní zú

Hani people

乐育 – lè yù


梯田 – tī tián

rice terraces

小河 – xiǎo hé


年夜饭 – nián yè fàn

New Year’s dinner

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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