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Lunar New Year 2017 first-timer's trip to China.

Unlike our festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration – and it all kicks off at the end of this week.

In 2017, Chinese New Year falls on January 28

This year has already seen tens of thousands of people brave freezing conditions at Beijing Railway Station in the hope of bagging a ticket home for the celebrations – and huge parties are expected in the UK.

When is the 2017 Chinese New Year?

The 2017 Chinese New Year begins on Saturday January 28.

The celebrations started on January 27, New Year's Eve, and continue for around two weeks - ending on February 2 – and the year will last until February 15, 2018.

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.

New Year's Day normally falls between January 21 and February 20.

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?

The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound - involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances.

Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year's Day.

Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day.

Some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

Which animal is 2017?

This year is the Year of the Rooster - or cockerel as we say in Britain.

The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are also known as Roosters.