About the Spring Festival: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important traditional Chinese holiday. It begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.

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Cultural meaning of rabbitRabbit is the fourth of the 12 Chinese Zodiac parts, in the sequence of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The Year of the Rabbit is the fourth year in a 12-year cycle.

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Spring festival travel peakThe annual festival travel peak has begun, with some 700 million people, or half the nation's population, expected to travel within the country during the 40-day traditional family reunion holiday.

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