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5 facts about China – to celebrate Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

5 facts about China – to celebrate Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

1 Chinese New Year

This year, Chinese New Year starts on Monday 8th February – this time it’s the year of the monkey, the 9th animal in the 12 year cycle. Celebrations generally last for about 15 days, so it can be quite a  party!  

People born in the year of the Monkey are said to be quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively and smart.

Monkey’s Lucky Signs

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8
  • Lucky colours: white, gold, blue
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

Three New Year’s Day Taboos

Washing hair: Hair must not be washed on the first day of the lunar year. In the Chinese language, hair (发) has the same pronunciation and character as 'fa' in facai (发财), which means ’to become wealthy’. Therefore, it is seen as not a good thing to “wash one’s fortune away” at the beginning of the New Year.

Debt: Money should not be lent on New Year’s Day, and all debts have to be paid by New Year’s Eve. If someone who owes you money, do not go to his or her home to demand it. Anyone who does so it is said will be unlucky all the year.

Laundry: People do not wash clothes on the first and second day, because these two days are celebrated as the birthday of Shuishen (水神, the Water God).


2 The Country of China

Covering 9.5 million square kilometers or 3.7 million square miles, China is the fourth largest country, after Russia, Canada and the United States. One third of China’s land area is made up of mountains, with Mount Everest sitting on the border between China and Nepal. There are also thousands of rivers, including the Yangtze, the longest river in Asia at 63000 km long.


3 The Chinese Currency

China uses the renminbi which literally means “people’s currency”. The yuan is the sign for the basic unit of the renminbi but also refers to the Chinese currency generally especially in international contexts, (just like Sterling and Pound for the UK). A factory in Baoding produces paper for Chinese banknotes and claims to be the largest of its kind in the world for developing banknote material.


4 Chinese Wildlife

China is the third most diverse country in the world for mammals, including the famous Giant Panda. Over 2000 nature reserves cover about 15 percent of China’s land area, compared to just 0.7% of the UK’s area which is dedicated to National Nature Reserves. As China is so large, the range of habitat varies from subtropical in the south to deserts in the north-west and mountainous regions near Tibet. There are also many grasslands and forests. A large number of China’s animals are endemic but sadly, like the Giant Panda, many are also endangered including the Siberian Tiger and the Golden Monkey.


5 The Chinese Language

More people speak Mandarin as their first language than any other language in the world. Cantonese is also used in some parts of China along with a range of other languages.

At MTT we offer professional Chinese translations in both main languages, although with the Chinese New Year holidays, it’s best to leave a few extra days for your project if you can as our resources are less available at this time of year.

If you have a requirement for Chinese translations, get in touch now on 0844 856 1086 or email


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