Important constructions to visit during the Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday also known as the Spring Festival. The date of Chinese New Year is based in the lunar calendar, instead of the Gregorian (general calendar). The Chinese calendar is linked with traditional festivals. This year, 2016, Chinese New Year is on Monday, February 8th. Every street, building, and the house is dressed in red since the color of good fortune is also the main color for the festival. 2016 is the year of the monkey, so everything will be decorated with monkeys, as well.
During this time, visitors travel to China to join the festivities. In our Building Radar data, we found some places you should visit:
1. Chenghuang Temple Fair, Shanghai
The temple in Shanghai is known as the “City God Temple”. It is surrounded by many shops, making it a commercial center. The Temple was built to protect the people in the city. The Old Town God Temple of Shanghai, with a far-reaching history, attracts many tourists from around the world. With an area of 2.390 square yards, the temple includes nine palaces: Huoguang Palace, Sixty-year Cycle Palace, God of Fortune Palace, Chang Palace, City God Palace, Empress Palace, Parents Palace, Guansheng Palace, and Wenchang Palace.
Chenghuang Temple Fair, Shanghai. A Chinese New Year Lantern Festival
2. The temple of heaven, Beijing
There’s the Heaven-worshipping ceremony at the Temple of Heaven in temple parks around the city of Beijing where people crowd the parks and admire the lion dancers, folk performances and shows.
The Temple covers 2.73 km² of parkland. It has three main groups of constructions. The first one is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. It is a circular building, 36 meters in diameter and 38 meters tall, built on three levels of marble stone base. The second one is the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is a single circular building, built on a single level of marble stone base. It is surrounded by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances. Finally, there is the Circular Mound Altar. It is an empty circular platform on three levels of marble stones, each decorated by carved dragons. Thanks to the design of the altar, the sound of the prayer will be reflected by the guardrail. This creates significant resonance, which was supposed to help the prayer communicate with Heaven. The Altar was built in 1530 by the Jiajing Emperor and rebuilt in 1740.
Temple of Heaven, Chinese New Year, Beijing
3. The International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
The commercial skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is a part of the Union Square project on top of Kowloon Station. It is the world’s ninth tallest building by height. Also, it’s the world’s fourth tallest building by a number of floors. Moreover, it is the tallest building in Hong Kong. The building has 108 floors above ground and 4 below ground.
The International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
Some of the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year are outside China. So Singapore houses Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian ethnic groups. For that reason when the Chinese New Year starts the entire country joins to celebrate.
4. Marina Bay Towers, Singapore
Singapore is home to one of the most spectacular new year’s celebrations. One of the most impressive constructions is the Marina Bay Towers. The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, and a 120,000 m2 convention-exhibition centre. There are shops at the Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino. The complex is topped by a 340-meter-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150-metre infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 metres.
Marina Bay Towers, Chinese New Year, Singapore
Wherever you are on this day. In China or outside, or in front of your Building Radar interface: The entire Building Radar team wishes you a happy new year!
Author: Angela Venegas