Photo Essay: 2016 Chinese New Year's Eve at the Family Home | Speaking of China

20 Responses

  1. Ryan
    Ryan February 8, 2016 at 8:40 am | | Reply


    Best to you and Jun, and the whole Zhejiang family!

  2. Sveta
    Sveta February 8, 2016 at 10:43 am | | Reply

    I don’t know how to write in Chinese characters, but Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your husband and both your families! 🙂 I won’t be celebrating New Years because baby’s father is pretty busy with school and so forth, although I’m crossing my fingers for next year that we will find a way to celebrate New Years because I want for my future child to be exposed to Chinese culture, holidays and traditions. (Baby is half Eastern-European Jewish and half Chinese of Hong Kong descent.)

  3. AG
    AG February 8, 2016 at 10:48 am | | Reply

    Wow, traditional family gathering. Nice photos.


  4. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary February 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm | | Reply

    Happy Lunar New Year to you and John! I hope the Year of the Monkey is a good one for the both of you!

  5. Autumn
    Autumn February 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm | | Reply

    Gung her fat choi! (Sadly, I have now exhausted all my Cantonese unless we’re going to talk about food.)

    Love the blue skies and your husband’s red jacket. Is he a Monkey? I learned in today’s blog hop that you’re supposed to wear red if it’s “your” year.

  6. Phil Chung
    Phil Chung February 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm | | Reply

    Happy new year. All the best for the year of the monkey. Your new year’s eve looked good. We too had a lovely meal with the family and totally enjoyed the time being together.

  7. Mary
    Mary February 11, 2016 at 4:15 am | | Reply

    Happy New Year Jocelyn! 猴年快乐!

    Your photos are great (and you all look so cold and bundled up, haha!). The food looks spectacular, as usual 🙂

  8. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen February 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm | | Reply

    Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous Year of the Monkey for you and John. Beautiful photos.

  9. Lena
    Lena February 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm | | Reply

    Happy Chinese new year to both of you! Looks like a proper Chinese celebration out there in the countryside 😀

  10. Marta
    Marta February 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm | | Reply

    Happy new year, Jocelyn! I am ashamed to say that as we went on a trip (as usual during CNY holidays), my CNY celebrations consisted in a lunch at a restaurant with my MIL’s side of the family! That was it!

  11. Cat
    Cat February 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm | | Reply


    I really enjoy your photo essays Jocelyn – particularly pictures of rural Hangzhou and daily life there as I imagine it is rare for a foreigner to experience this.

    I spent Lunar New Year with the family of the person I am staying with in Taiwan – I, along with the family’s first grandchild, received my first 红包 🙂

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