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Celebrating the Year of the Monkey: Scenes from Chinese New Year in San Francisco

February 8th marked the first day of the Year of the Monkey and San Franciscans flocked to Chinatown to celebrate with food, friends, and fireworks. 

6 Chinese New Year Menus to Ring in the Year of the Monkey

What better way to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year (February 8th) than with some good food? Here are six perfect spots (with some festive specials) to ring in the Year of the Monkey. Gung hay fat choy!

Special Menus to Celebrate Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is today, and many places all over the city are hosting dinners and events to celebrate the occasion, making special dishes and treats. Welcome to the Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep!

Our Favorite Dumpling Spots Near the Chinese New Year Parade Route

Shanghai Dumplings at Great Eastern Restaurant

The Year of the Snake is approaching, and San Franciscan’s will ring it in with the annual Chinese New Year’s Parade. What better way to celebrate the longest and most important Chinese holiday than with traditional lion dances and authentic Chinese bites?

In Photos: Chinese New Year Parade

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The Grand Dame of Chinese Cuisine on the Year of the Rabbit

Cecilia Chiang, the 91-year-old author of The Seventh Daughter memoir and cookbook and former owner of the lauded Mandarin restaurant, is one of the city’s biggest food icons. The grand dame of Chinese cuisine—who grew up in an aristocratic Chinese family in Beijing and has lived a life worthy of an epic film—just moved to San Francisco from her Belvedere house after living there for some 40 years. I spoke to her about her Chinese New Year plans.

Welcome the Year of the Tiger!

Bring in the Year of the Tiger with fireworks, costumes, dance and music at San Francisco's annual Chinese New Year parade next Saturday night starting at 5:30p at 2nd and Market. Since its inception in the 1860's, San Francisco's parade has grown into the largest Chinese New Year parade outside of China and one of the largest Asian cultural events in North America. The parade features 100 units, from Miss Chinatown to marching bands, as well as the famous Golden Dragon. Twenty-nine segments comprise the 200+ ft long dragon, handmade in the Chinese town of Foshan and carried by 100 men and women. If you can't or don't want to make it out, catch the live broadcast on KTVU or KTSF from 6-8p.

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