The Chinese New Year is upon us. Wednesday marked the last day of the Year of the Horse, while Thursday is the first day of the year of the Sheep or Goat or Ram. (There is, apparently, some disagreement over which one is actually correct.)

But whatever this year actually is, there are celebrations going on all over the world. In China, a staggering 80 million people were traveling on Monday for the holiday. In numerous U.S. cities, parades and other events are planned through the weekend. And in other communities all over, people are gathering to celebrate a rich cultural tradition. In other words, the Chinese New Year is a travel-like experience — enriching, unique, fun, etc. — whether you’re on the road at the moment or not.

Late Wednesday night in Los Angeles, I spent a few hours at the celebration in Chinatown. This is what it looked like:

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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