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Chinese Christmas: Celebrate a Chinese-Style Christmas

Prepare and Celebrate a Chinese-Style Christmas


Chinese New Year is the Chinese version of Christmas, but many Chinese get in the holiday spirit at Christmastime. Christmas is not an official holiday in China, but all the trappings of a Western Christmas can be found in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Learn how Christmas is celebrated and get advice on celebrating an East-meets-West holiday.

Get Chinese Decorations, Christmas Cards, and Stocking Stuffers

Christmas in China: Grand Hyatt Santa
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Deck the Halls Chinese-style this holiday with whimsical ornaments.

Explore Traditional Chinese Gifts and Learn Proper Chinese Gift-Giving Etiquette

Chinese Games: Mahjong
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When it comes to gift-giving, it's the thought that counts. Explore traditional Chinese gifts, get advice on top gift picks for men, women, and children, learn Chinese gift giving blunders to avoid, and learn proper Chinese gift-giving etiquette.

Prepare Chinese Christmas Cuisine

Chinese Christmas: Cookies
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The holidays are all about preparing large feasts and indulging in holiday treats. More and more Chinese are celebrating the holiday season with Christmas Eve dinners. While many Chinese opt to eat out, a growing number are preparing Christmas feasts that are similar to the ones they enjoy at Chinese New Year. Learn how to make traditional Chinese holiday fare.

Sing 'Jingle Bells' in Chinese

Christmas in China: Carolers
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While the words may not be an exact translation of the English lyrics to Jingle Bells, the Chinese lyrics capture the essence of this timeless Christmas carol. The Mandarin lyrics are sung to the traditional melody of Jingle Bells.

Learn Christmas Vocabulary in Mandarin

Chinese Christmas: Tree
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Learn how to say Merry Christmas, Christmas present, candy cane and more in Mandarin. The Christmas vocabulary list includes Chinese characters, pinyin (pronunciation), and audio files.

See Pictures of Christmas in China

Christmas in China: Xintiandi
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Take a photo tour of Christmas in China. There's plenty of Christmas in China so if you find yourself traveling to China over the holidays, you'll be able to find a lot of the pageantry around Christmas. A commercial celebration in China, you'll find hotels and shopping malls decked with trees and lights. Traditions from all over the world are represented in different hotels so you'll be able to drink eggnog and gluewein, find gingerbread men and lebkuchen.

How Christmas Is Celebrated in China

Christmas in China: Macau
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Chinese New Year is the Chinese version of Christmas, but many Chinese get in the holiday spirit at Christmastime. Learn about how people in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan decorate for the holidays, beliefs about Santa Claus, Christmas activities, and how Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are celebrated.

Say Merry Christmas in Chinese

Learn to wish your family and friends a Merry Christmas.

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