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CNY Visiting: A Survival Guide

Here are 5 tips to usher in the Year of the Tiger auspiciously, and in style!


New year means out with the old, and in with the new. As you shop for new apparel, consider making purchases from brands that pledge a percentage of their profits to causes that improve lives. Apart from looking and feeling good, you will also play a part in helping those in need.


To help you trot out auspicious greetings when exchanging mandarin oranges, here are some phrases to impress the elders during visits.

  • 年年有馀 (nián nián yǒu yú): Wishing you prosperity every year
  • 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng): May all your wishes come true
  • 岁岁平安 (suì suì píng ān): May you have peace year after year
  • 虎年大吉


Use decorative and reusable wraps or bags when bringing goodies or exchanging oranges. Another tip! Try gifting e-hongbaos or use gift cards. 


All the feasting and snacking can cause overeating. Tea aids digestion. To counter belly discomfort, sip on a cup of your favourite brew to improve bloatedness.


Are you anticipating perennial questions: Where’s your boyfriend? Why never bring your girlfriend? Are you married? Smile politely,  whip out your phone and start taking pictures of the wallpaper, the couplets, pineapple tarts and they should get the idea. To make sure your smartphone battery does not die on you,  bring a fully charged portable charger. 

Alternatively, reconnect with your long-time-no-see cousins by playing fun games like the specially designed Lo Hei Fatt Choi game brought to you by River Hongbao, coming to you real soon!

All said, do not forget to check out the ultimate Chinese New Year event – River Hongbao! You can enjoy all the fun festivities either physically or online.