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Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations start 24 January

Chinese New Year 2020 falls on Saturday, 25 January. As they prepare to celebrate the Spring Festival, many Chinese businesses take an extended break, and that includes consulates.

China Consulates around the country will be closed over the following dates:

Brisbane – closed from Friday, January 24 to Thursday, January 30.
Canberra – closed from Friday, January 24 to Wednesday, January 29.
Melbourne – closed from Friday, January 24 to Tuesday, January 28.
Perth – closed from Friday, January 24 to Wednesday, January 29.
Sydney – closed from Friday, January 24 to Tuesday, January 28.

The official public holiday in China, and other Asian countries, is from 24 to 30 January. Restaurants and hotels will be busy, but you can expect other businesses to be closed during this time. Or possibly longer, if they take leave from Lunar New Year to the Lantern Festival on 8 February. Please allow for these closure dates if you are travelling or particularly if you have pressing visa needs.

Chinese New Year 2020, or Lunar New Year, marks the transition from the Year of the Pig to the Year of the Rat. It’s a great family-oriented holiday for many Asian communities and a fun opportunity to join in the cultural celebrations. The 15-day festival includes colourful parades, delicious dumpling banquets and impressive fireworks displays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, San Francisco, New York, Melbourne and many other cities around the world!

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