The Canadian West Coast is a fusion of high mountain low seas. Just above the calm Pacific waters, lies a city modern and sleek. The tranquil landscape is in stark contrast to the bustling streets housing the hustle of some 5 million people. It is in this urban layout that over 400,000 ethnic Chinese have decided to establish their home.
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As one of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an was the Capital of several vibrant Chinese empires- including the Golden Ages of Han and Tang dynasties. While it is capital no more, the city remains a potent educational, economic, and sociocultural cosmopolitan. It is also home to Terracotta Warriors, amazing cuisine and was the starting point of the Silk Road.
With over 5000 years of documented history, China retains some of the oldest traditions in the world.
One such custom is the celebration of Chinese New Year, not at the turn of the year as in accordance to Georgian (Solar) Calendar, but rather to that of the Lunar Calendar, which is based on the cycle of the lunar phases.
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