Rolling over into Year of the Dog
Chinese lanterns glowing with works of art have decked the main entrance of Te Puia as Chinese and Korean people all over the world celebrate the Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year, which runs from Friday 16 February until Friday 2 March.
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, this year is the “Year of the Dog” and as the 11th of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac, is considered to be the most loyal, faithful and friendly of all.
Te Puia Asian sales director, Serene Leong, says during the 15-day celebration, it is estimated that residents will make almost three billion trips, resulting in the largest seasonal human migration in the world.
“More than 400,000 Chinese tourists visited New Zealand last year, and this year is shaping up to be just as busy for the tourism industry, with more than 50,000 travel visas issued to Chinese visitors last month.
“At Te Puia, we’re looking forward to hosting our Chinese and Korean visitors and encourage them to wish our staff a happy new year in their language.”
Famous people born in the Year of the Dog include Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill and Donald Trump. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and the Year of the Dog includes those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006.