The Year of the Dragon will be rung in Monday, January 23rd for the Chinese New Year. Here’s how you can celebrate the Chinese New Year in Phoenix.

Phoenix Chinese Week 

2012 Chinese New Year celebrations kick off on Monday, January 23rd finishing with a 3-day festival Friday, January 27th through Sunday, January 29th. There will be art contests, a banquet, children’s activities and more.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Musical Instrument Museum

Special performances to celebrate the Year of the Dragon will take place on Saturday, January 8th. The day will feature traditional Chinese instruments, folk songs and dance, martial arts, original artwork on display, and a craft activity for all ages. A Chinese-inspired menu will also be available in the MIM Café.

Where to eat

The Super L Ranch Market will be preparing a variety of Chinese New Year specialty items such as; Doufuhua (sweet tofu dessert), Nian Gao (sticky cake), Zongzi (rice and meat steamed in a banana leaf), Gok Jau (dumplings) and more.

If you want to keep it simple we recommend these local Chinese restaurants:

Wahsun Chinese Restaurant (8056 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix) Located in a non-descript strip mall, Wahsun serves your favorites in huge and affordable portions. Although the restaurant is nothing fancy, you’ll forget as soon as you take your first bite.

Asian Café Express ( 1911 W. Main Street, Mesa) Another affordable favorite, Asian Café Express has an impressive menu with something for everyone.

Nee House Chinese Restaurant (13843 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix) Another great local choice with a traditional and  more Americanized menu.

China Chili (302 E. Flower Street, Phoenix) A favorite among the downtown Phoenix crowd, China Chili is a great place to eat Chinese with your whole family.

Ling and Louie’s (9397 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale) Ling and Louie’s will be ringing in The Year of the Dragon by decking out the restaurant with Chinese New Year staples and a healthy serving of the color red, which is traditional for the occasion.

Gung hay fat choy!