Chinise New Year in Paris,Colored dragon during the parade, 2016

2020 Chinese New Year in Paris Region

Dragons, firecrackers and a parade... Follow the guide to celebrate Chinese New Year in due form in Paris !

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In 2020, the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is celebrated on 25 January. To celebrate one of the most important dates on the Chinese calendar in Paris, come and admire the colourful parade, be transported to the other end of the world and taste the enchanting flavours of Asia.

2020 Chinese New Year in the Paris Region

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, come to the 13th arrondissement in the south-eastern part of Paris, the French capital’s own Chinatown.

From 20 January to 2 February, this Parisian neighbourhood is organising a fortnight of free events to celebrate the passage from the Year of the Pig to the Year of the Rat, which is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac.

The programme will include a dance performance in front of the town hall on 23 January at 6.15 pm, recitals with typical Chinese instruments on 23 and 31 January at 7 pm in the banquet hall of the 13th arrondissement, and an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from 20 January to 1 February in the Athéna and Bièvre galleries.

The local town hall will be decorated with lanterns made for the occasion by craftspeople of the province of Jiangsu.

As in other years, the festival will end with a splendid parade on 2 February with no less than 2,000 participants.

A colourful procession of dragons and red and gold lions, musicians and dancers in costume will enthral you in a party atmosphere sizzling with the sounds of fire crackers. The parade starts at 2 pm at 44 Avenue d’Ivry, from where the procession will continue along Avenue de Choisy, Boulevard Massena and Avenue d’Ivry.

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As in other years, the festival will end with a splendid parade on 2 February with no less than 2,000 participants.

A colourful procession of dragons and red and gold lions, musicians and dancers in costume will enthral you in a party atmosphere sizzling with the sounds of fire crackers. The parade starts at 2 pm at 44 Avenue d’Ivry, from where the procession will continue along Avenue de Choisy, Boulevard Massena and Avenue d’Ivry.

China exhibits in museums of the Paris Region

Fascinated by China? Come and see some of the jewels of this thousand-year-old country’s culture and traditions at museums and monuments of the Paris Region.

First stop not to be missed is Guimet, national museum of Asian arts in Paris. Founded by an avid collector, it houses no less than 20,000 pieces of art from China.

Cultures of the world meet at the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Popular Chinese art is represented in the “Asia” part of the museum, including jewellery, costume pieces and graphic arts from China.

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

To the south-east of Paris, the famous château de Fontainebleau houses an unexpected Chinese museum. Extraordinary pieces from the Asian art collection of Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, are displayed here.

Discover the secrets of these magnificent works on an interactive visit with a Histopad touch pad that is specially adapted for families.

Musée Chinois du Château de Fontainebleau 2015

Finally, as from 31 March 2020 the Musée Cernuschi will reopen its doors after renovations to reveal the treasures of its impressive Oriental art collection including the imposing Buddha of Megura. Save the date!

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China on your plate

Take a culinary trip and savour the tastes of China in one of these two popular dining spots of the capital.

Délices de Shandong

For a taste of real Chinese gastronomy, go to Délices de Shandong in the 13th arrondissement, a favourite among Parisian intellectuals, artists and sinologists.

At Bambou in the Sentier neighbourhood, former fabric workshops have made room for a setting inspired by old French trading posts in Asia.

Here you can enjoy Asian cuisine with a Parisian twist.

Our selection

Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
Musée Guimet
REOPENING ON 8 JULY - Since the 19th century, the Guimet Museum has been putting East Asian civilisations in the spotlight through its collection of Asian art, one of the largest in the world.
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Façade du musée Cernuschi, consacré aux arts asiatiques, Paris, 2014.
Musée Cernuschi
The Cernuschi Museum is reopening with a new presentation of its priceless collections, for a true journey through the arts of East Asia.
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Le mur végétal du musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Inside an acclaimed building designed by Jean Nouvel, the Quai Branly Museum houses one of the world’s most important collections of objects from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.
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Allée de Maintenon du château
Château de Fontainebleau
REOPENING ON JULY 1st - Seventy kilometres south of Paris sits the breathtaking Château de Fontainebleau : one of the largest palaces in France, it’s a gem of French art and history.
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Délices de Shandong
Délices de Shandong
Located in the Chinese district of Paris, Délices de Shandong introduces you to the best of Chinese gastronomy and above all of the province of Shandong. A traditional canteen that has become a must!
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Restaurant Bambou
Bambou
You will never tire of this superb restaurant, which plunges you into the mysterious surrounds of early-20th century Bangkok and Beijing. Soothing in the extreme!
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