Chinese New Year 2020: Hala China brings mega celebrations to Dubai

Expect a grand parade, international cook-off and performance from TikTok influencer Feng Jia Chen

Chinese New Year 2020: Hala China brings mega celebrations to Dubai
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Thought celebrating the New Year was over and done with? You're wrong, as Chinese New Year 2020 is fast approaching, and Hala China has announced massive celebrations.

Meraas' Hala China event returns to celebrate The Year of the Rat, with a wide range of cultural events kicking off from Thursday January 16 until Saturday February 8.

Now in its third year, the event is expecting more than 50,000 visitors, with a schedule of traditional Chinese performances, festivals, parades, dances, competitions and more.

“Riding on the huge success of the 2018 and 2019 Chinese New Year celebrations we hosted, the event has quickly become a highlight in Dubai’s calendar that many of our residents and visitors look forward to,” said chairman of the board of directors at Hala China Sheikh Majid Al Mualla.

“This year, Hala China is offering its greatest array of Chinese-inspired events and activities, as we continue to raise the standards of entertainment in the region. The range of events we are set to host will show why more and more Chinese expatriates call our city with its state-of-the-art infrastructure and inclusive nature their home.”

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As for now, there’s plenty going on to ring in The Year of the Rat, and here’s what to look out for:

The Grand Parade
City Walk is set to host a spectacular Grand Parade, featuring enormous dragons, acrobatic performers and much more. More than 40 groups, including schools, Chinese expatriates, resident Chinese business chambers, as well as a marching band from the emirate’s own Dubai Police will join hands with performers from China at the Grand Parade. Visitors can expect to see a symphony orchestra, dragon and lion dances, acrobatics and Kung Fu, among other displays.
Free. Fri Jan 17, 4pm onwards. City Walk.

Lion Dance Competition

For the first time, on Saturday January 18 from 2pm to 7pm, Dubai Parks and Resorts will host more than 30 teams from China competing for the title of the ‘Lion King’ The lion dance is said to bring good luck and fortune to those who practise and watch it. Better get down there, then.
Free access. Sat Jan 18, 2pm-7pm. Dubai Parks and Resorts.

The China Box
City Walk will host a pop-up exhibition to showcase Chinese New Year themed arts and crafts, music performances from Beijing, Suzhou and Chengdu, as well as interactive performances surprise giveaways. Surprise? We’re intrigued.
Free. Thu Jan 16-Sat Feb 8, times vary. City Walk.

Kite Festival

Friends, families and fitness fanatics are all invited for a day-long kite festival. Open to all, take on kite making and traditional kite-flying activities. Little ones can stay entertained with kite-making workshops where they can learn all about the art of flying kites.
Sat Jan 18, 8.30am-1pm. Kite Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road.

Chef’s Competition

Who doesn’t love a food festival in Dubai? Hala China is set to run a cooking competition that will see top master chefs from China and UAE-based chefs go head-to-head at Nikki Beach in front of a live audience. Executive chef from Dubai’s Nikki Beach and Silk Flavour Restaurant’s Wu Zhihong will be judging the outcome of the cook-off. All-in-all, expect them to whip up some tasty food.
Free. Sun Jan 19. Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeira.

Miss Tumbler
Performing for the first time in the emirate, China’s famous TikTok influencer Feng Jia Chen will put on a unique performance, rotating on a giant sphere defying gravity all while dressed as a Tang dynasty princess. Prepare to be wowed.
Free. Mon Jan 27-Wed Jan 29, 5pm-8pm (20 min shows). Dubai Parks and Resorts.

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