At a press conference held at the end of last month, Chiang Mai’s mayor confirmed the schedule for this week’s Chinese New Year activities. The focal point of the celebrations is the city’s Chinatown area around Warorot Market (Kad Luang). The opening ceremonies to usher in the Year of the Pig will kick off at 09:30 tomorrow.
As is the case with Chinese New Year celebrations at Chinatowns all over the world, the festivities are set to launch with dragon dances. The dragon dance parade will start at Kuan U Shrine near the market and then head down to the festival stage in front of the 7-Eleven at the Wichayanon-Chiang Moi crossroads. After the dragon dance, there will be traditional culture shows and speeches delivered by local dignitaries.
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Tomorrow evening and the following evening, the 6th of February, there will be additional cultural performances with show times between 19:00 and 23:00. On both days, street stall vendors will be selling traditional Chinese snacks and mooncakes plus China-themed souvenirs. It is worth walking around the corner to Pung Thao Kong Temple to see merit making rites too.