If this is your first time experiencing Chinese New Year, it’s time to begin preparing for the realities of CNY:
The empting of Suzhou has already kicked off as many of the city’s residence have left for their hometown. Soon, Suzhou will start reminding me of Detroit – nothing but empty streets and closed stores.
So how can you deal with this sudden void.
If you’ve got a big project on hand (I do), you can forget about finishing it before the holiday. Anything you can finish now is a bonus.
Thinking of taking a trip within China or going abroad to a popular destination for Chinese tourists, you best be planning that trip ASAP. You should have already bought your train tickets and reserved your hotel rooms. If you’ve been lazy, stop reading and get on it now because last minute travel will be next to impossible from Jan 20th until early Feb.
If you are staying in a big city, you need to buy a week’s worth of your favorites by about Jan. 20th. Stores may be open a few days later but you’ll be thankful when they do close.
Pay your bills and get those red packets ready.
You’re supposed to do that for good luck. Last year my internet got shut off right at the holiday (I pay by the year). Boom. Two weeks no internet right in the slowest, most internet friendly time of the year. Why? No internet stores open. Don’t let this happen to you.
If you have obligations that require red packets with cash for children, now’s the time to prep them.
Down time prep
There will be nothing to do for about a week straight. Get your books, dvds and other free time killing devices ready.
Week/weeks long national holidays. I do love you so…