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Korat Chinese New Year
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:37:51 PM »
...will be celebrated around Thao Suranari Monument and Nakhon Ratchasima provincial centre (Amphoe Mueang) on 14 February 2010.

Did anybody already catch a glimpse of the program  to post it here? Usually it's for two days and camera-hunters will be rewarded with plenty of shots to take.

Some shots from last year's Nakhon Ratchasima Chinese New Year Festival:








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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima Chinese New Year Festival 2010
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 11:50:03 AM »
TOURISM

TAT sees very happy Chinese New Year

The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects at least 100,000 Chinese tourists to spend the coming Chinese New Year in Thailand, up from 60,000 last year, with the easing of H1N1 flu fears and a perception in China of a calmer political situation in Thailand.

For two years Thai tourism has suffered from concern over the flu outbreak and the country's political turmoil, especially in sensitive countries such as China, said Sansern Ngaorungsi, the executive director of the TAT's East Asia Region.

In the coming Chinese New Year, which falls on St Valentine's Day, the number of Chinese tourist arrivals is forecast to increase by 67% from a year earlier, he said.

But Chinese tourists are changing their behaviour by increasingly travelling on their own and using the internet to pick destinations, instead of relying on tour agents.

China has the world's second-highest internet penetration after the United States and TAT must increase online marketing campaigns in China, he said.

The TAT recently teamed up with easynet.com, a popular tourism website, to run marketing campaigns in China, he said. It will also promote Thailand through local media in China in the first five months of this year. It expects to attract 1,000 couples from Beijing to join mass wedding ceremonies in Thailand.

Mr Sansern is seeking a budget of 60 million baht to promote Thailand in the Chinese market.

For the Chinese New Year festival, the TAT will spend about 20 million baht on promotions in major cities including Hat Yai, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Chon Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima and Nakhon Sawan. Grand celebrations will be held in Yaowarat, commonly known as Bangkok's Chinatown.

Vichit Prakobgosol, the president of the Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance Association, said Chinese tourists were returning after the association, TAT and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports seriously promoted Thailand and restored confidence throughout 2009.

At least 1.2 million Chinese tourists are expected to visit Thailand in 2010, up from fewer than 1 million last year.

Most Chinese tourists come from the south, followed by central and northern China.

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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima Chinese New Year Festival 2010
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2010, 09:14:49 AM »
With the date getting closer there are more and more articles about the event on the web now. Sorry, no schedule of the Korat Chinese New Year Celebrations yet. TAT writes now:

Sino-Thai trade and cultural ties span the centuries. In times past, sea-farers, marine merchants and traders sailed up the kingdom’s rivers with vessels laden with merchandise and precious goods including Chinese tea, silk and fine porcelain. As trade between the two countries flourished, permanent settlements of peoples of various ethnic Chinese origin were soon established. While the early settlers quickly adapted to their new way of life and adopted Thai ways, they also continued to maintain strong cultural ties and practiced the customs and traditions diligently observed by their forefathers. Of these, the celebration of the Chinese New Year remains the most important of annual festivals on the Chinese lunar calendar observed in the various regions of Thailand.

Festive celebrations are typically staged in areas where there is a significant Thai-Chinese community such as the Yaowarat district in Bangkok and in the provinces of Ayutthaya, Ratchaburi and Suphan Buri in Central Thailand; in Chon Buri/Pattaya on the Eastern Seaboard; Phuket and Songkhla (Hat Yai district) in the South, Nakhon Ratchasima in the Northeast, Nakhon Sawan and Chiang Mai in the North.

With the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) receiving the full support of the public and private sector and the active involvement of the Chinese Embassy, airlines, and other related organizations, the Chinese New Year festivities being held in Bangkok’s Chinatown and the following key provinces, namely, Phuket, Nakhon Sawan, Songkhla (Hat Yai district), Chon Buri (Pattaya district), Chiang Mai, and Nakhon Ratchasima are being hosted on a grand scale.

While a variety of contemporary elements have been incorporated through the passage of time, Chinese New Year celebrations throughout Thailand are a reminder of the rich cultural and artistic legacy and wealth of history preserved in these ‘living museums’.

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Korat Chinese New Year
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2010, 05:34:06 AM »
So valentines day and the Chinese New Year on the same day in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday, or 2 days ago depending where you are in the world, so where are the pictures of dragons, fire crackers, hot Korat girls.
Pattaya was pretty much the same as usual for a Chinese New Year, apart from some sticky valentine hearts the girls were giving out, couldn't get a picture of the dragon as it was about 15 meters long and the head was stuck in some gogo bar, so all I got was a Thai guy playing the cymbals.

Hope your pics are better than mine :)

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Re: Korat Chinese New Year
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2010, 11:02:52 AM »
May I contribute one from last year?


 



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