New Year, Take Two at Lan Su

January 17th, 2013

They say there’s no such thing as a second chance to make a first impression, but you can experience a do-over of sorts by celebrating the Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden (Feb. 10-24).

According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the snake, a time when wise and intuitive people will flourish. And what better way to get off on the right foot than taking in some of the martial arts demonstrations, feng shui talks, or music and dance performances in the garden? And on weekend days, lion and dragon dances will delight parents and children alike — if you can brave those noisy beasts, there’s no reason to fear a little snake.

Taking up an entire city block, Lan Su is an authentic Chinese experience unto itself, but never more so than during this annual, two-week celebration. The festivities conclude with the magical Chinese New Year Lantern Viewings (Feb. 22-24). These three evening gatherings infuse visitors with hope for a prosperous year ahead, as hundreds of floating lanterns fill the garden’s stunning lake, which also reflects the night sky. If you’re as wise as a snake, you’ll get your tickets soon!

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