Segments in this Video

Xinnián kuàilè (02:41)


One- Sixth of the world's population travels home during the Spring Migration. The festivities culminate on Chuxi or New Year's Eve; Kate Humble, Ant Anstead, and Jing Lusi examine how families celebrate the biggest holiday in the Chinese culture. On Hou hai lake, Chinese families entertain themselves in Beijing. (Credits)

Beijing (04:11)

Beijing's population will reach 50 million by 2050. Si King and Dave Meyers visit the Bell Tower, which only rings on New Year's Eve at midnight.

New Year's Eve Traditions (03:11)

During the first five days of the New Year, no one is supposed to clean. Christine Zhang shares their family traditions including cleaning, new haircuts, and decorations.

Wholesale Food Market (05:05)

Most Chinese Families prefer to celebrate the New Year at home. King and Meyers visit the Tianyi food market, the biggest wholefood market in Asia, where streets are named after specific types of products. Cabbages are a mainstay during New Year's Eve because the term in Chinese sounds similar to 100 fortunes; the Hairy Bikers search for lotus root, mushrooms, and beef.

Cooking New Year Hot Pot (06:37)

King and Meyers learn how to make the recipe traditionally made for New Year's Eve. Lucky food is served throughout the holiday. Anstead discovers how the alcohol Baijiu is made in Luzhou and how to drink it.

Flower Decorations (03:36)

Kunming and the surrounding area supplies 70% of the flowers sold across China. Red roses are considered particularly lucky as a gift. Humble harvests flowers along with the farm's workers.

Kunming Flower Auction Trading Center (05:08)

Wholesalers come to Kunming to inspect and buy flowers for shops across the country. Humble participates in a Dutch auction; on average a lot is sold every three seconds. Five million flowers can be sold every day in the time leading up to New Year's celebrations.

Spring Festival Gala (05:18)

China Central Television (CCTV) produces the Chunwan Gala a four-hour variety show; acts practice for a year to perfect their routine. Lusi visits backstage during a dress rehearsal of the production. Over 1,000 acts perform in the show.

Family Traditions (06:06)

The Zhangs invite Meyers and King to celebrate the New Year with their family. The Hairy Bikers learn the history, how to crimp, and traditions of dumplings. Placing many different types of proteins on the table means wealth and prosperity in the coming year.

Different Kind of Celebration (07:03)

Over 100,000 people gather at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, asking health and good fortune on New Year's Eve. In a practice called kau cim, participants shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until one falls out; a machine interprets the results. Humble interviews people lining up to visit.

Credits: Chinese New Year: Reunion (00:43)

Credits: Chinese New Year: Reunion

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The Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King take us to New Year's Eve in Beijing, following an extraordinary day in China's capital city. They experience life in the mega-city on this special day, from preparations at the bell tower, which can only ever ring on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, to a Beijing family, the Zhangs, who are getting ready for the biggest family get-together of the year. The whole city comes to a halt as everyone gathers round dinner tables to tuck into the traditional reunion dinner.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL138588

ISBN: 978-1-64198-047-0

Copyright date: ©2016

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