All roads lead to Binondo, Manila's Chinatown, as the city ushers in Chinese New Year which falls this year on January 28. Celebrations start 15 days in the run-up to the big day, with major landmarks and buildings all lit up, and streets decked with red paper lanterns and lucky buntings.
If you haven't been to Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594, now's a good time to see it at its festive best.
We've rounded up some of our favorite Instagram snaps celebrating the Year of the Fire Rooster 2017. Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Get into the Fengshui spirit and invite ladyluck this year by hanging auspicious adornments and lucky fruits—round citrus fruits are a favorite.
Take a snap under Binondo's giant lucky gold coins.
Stop and read your Chinese animal sign forecast for the year.
Grab a bite to eat. You're in Binondo, the best place for delicious authentic Chinese food.
Get ready for the Dragon dance!
A trip to Manila won't be complete without a visit to Binondo. Book The Big Binondo Food Wok tour. Visit Dong Bei Dumpling for fresh dumplings and Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli for such Chinese snacks as hopia and tikoy. Dong Bei Dumpling is in Yuchengco St., tel +632 241 8912. Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli is in Ongpin St., tel +632 288 8888.
For more on Binondo, read A tour guides' Manila: Top 5 places to visit.
Cover photo is an Instagram snap by @obetmas.
Published January 27, 2017