As Chinese New Year draws near, there is no better place to celebrate it than on the uniquely diverse island of Bali! Fly into the year of the Wood Dragon with style this Chinese New Year, or the Lunar New Year, a time for celebrating joy, prosperity, and good fortune.
Although Bali is predominantly known for its rich Hindu culture, the island is also home to a vibrant Chinese community, one that can be traced back to the 7th century from when they first started the trading route.
Today, Bali’s Chinese community continues to thrive, and Chinese New Year is embraced with open arms by both locals and visitors alike. The island transforms into a captivating blend of vibrant red lanterns, traditional Chinese decorations, and a palpable atmosphere of excitement.
How to celebrate Chinese New Year in Bali
As this auspicious occasion rolls around, there are a multitude of things you can do to join in on the festive celebrations in Bali! During the week leading up to Chinese New Year in Bali, you can expect a number of promotions and deals already running, giving you plenty of time to get ready for the new year.
And your Chinese New Year celebration won’t be complete without a Chinese New Year feast, complete with dumplings, longevity noodles (Changshou Mian), and the prosperity salad (Yee Sang)!
Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in Bali
Shop til you drop
Celebrate the new year with new clothes, leaving the old and ushering in the new with some retail therapy. Find hot deals in malls and stores, and you might get lucky and discover a bargain.
Malls like Beachwalk Mall or Living World will often have flash sales and unmissable deals, along with special events, usually already happening a week before Chinese New Year, gearing up visitors for the festivities.
Find some red clothing for an extra boost of good fortune to usher in prosperity with a renewed sense of style and confidence.
Enjoy the show
You can expect a number of special performances and spectacles during Chinese New Year, usually happening all month long!
From Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, and even to martial arts displays, you can expect an extravagant celebration on the big day in malls like Beachwalk, Level 21, Living World, and Mall Bali Galeria. They will usually have curated events all month long to extend the festive season!
If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, you can see Bali’s oldest Chinatown come alive! This heritage town established in the early 1900s was once a vibrant hub for the Chinese community in Bali. Today, you can expect this road to be closed down for a Chinese New Year extravaganza! Make sure to stroll through to catch a glimpse of Bali from the past.
Visit a temple
Immerse yourself in the Chinese New Year Spirit by visiting one of the Chinese temples in Bali, or ‘klenteng’. You can expect an influx of visitors nearing the Chinese New Year, but you can still experience the unique and rich culture in these beautifully adorned temples.
You can visit the oldest ‘klenteng’ in Bali is the Caow Eng Bio temple in Tanjung Benoa, built in 1876! Or head to the largest Buddhist temple in Bali, the Brahma Vihara Arama, located in the lush greeneries of Buleleng.
Rest and relax at Café del Mar Bali
After a day of exploring the island for Chinese New Year festivities, stop by the vibrant neighbourhood of Canggu and head to Café del Mar Bali.
Our Mediterranean-inspired beachfront paradise is the perfect place to unwind and relax with loved ones this Chinese New Year holiday, with your loved ones in tow, refreshing cocktails, and groovy island tunes for some dancing of your own!
Plus, you can savour our delicious gyoza and even get lucky with our fortune cookie when you reserve a table at Café del Mar Bali. Secure your table here!