The 2018 Chinese New Year begins today (Friday, February 16) and to celebrate we are sharing some aerial photos of some unique places in China.

The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar means the celebration always falls on a different date – unlike the January 1 New Year we are used to, based on the Gregorian calendar.

This year is the Year of the Dog. For people born in a dog year – 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 – you’re apparently set to have an unlucky time because tradition denotes that the year of your birth makes for an unlucky 12 months! Maybe you can change your luck if you find our hidden Fortune Cookies.

Best of luck and Happy Chinese New Year!


1. The Great Wall


2. Xi’an


3. Hong Kong


4. Chengguan



5. Forbidden City



6. Shangai


7. Beijing