Tips & suggestions for visiting New York City during the Chinese New Year

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For a 2022 guide to celebrating Chinese New Year in New York City, click here.

The Lunar calendar places New Year’s Day at the end of January or in early February.  This year it falls on January 25, the date of the second new moon after the winter solstice.  It is a time for dragon processions, lion dances, red envelopes (hopefully filled with money), paying respect to the gods and traditional food.

New York City’s most famous Chinatown is in downtown Manhattan, but there are smaller enclaves in other burroughs.  Exuberant, colorful Chinese New Year parades are held in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. About a half-million people attend the Manhattan parade each year.  

A number of museums, parks and historical societies hold related events.  On January 28, 2020, Long Yu, director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a program to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

If you’d like to go to New York City to see the parades and enjoy the other celebrations, you should consider the following hotels.  They were ranked as the top hotels in Chinatown by the users of And you can use to find the best price for your stay.

  • Hotel 50 Bowery NYC
  • NoMo SoHo
  • The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
  • Wyndham Garden Chinatown
  • Walker Hotel Tribeca
  • Leon Hotel
  • Envue, Autograph Collection
  • The Hotel 91
  • Hotel Mulberry
  • Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel