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Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey

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The 2016 Chinese New Year is on Monday, February 8th, and it is the year of the Monkey!
According to a recent article by the Niagara Falls review, statistics from 2014 showed that Chinese tourists who visit Niagara Falls spent an average of $653 per day, including accommodation, with most spending their cash on shopping, dining and sightseeing. One survey found that in four years’ time, outbound Chinese tourists could number around 174 million, spending about $343 billion Canadian annually, putting Niagara Falls in a position as a top contender in places to visit in the world by Chinese travellers. The top 3 landmarks to frequent ranked The Pyramids, Mount Fuji and Niagara Falls on their bucket lists. Read the whole article here.
What is the “Year of the Monkey”? (source:
On the Chinese calendar, the year of the Monkey starts from February 8 (Chinese New Year), and ends on January 27, 2017 (Chinese New Year’s Eve).
The Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Every 12 years there is a Monkey year. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks just like ours, but differing in that their time length runs in one year increments instead of one month. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.
2016 is a “Fire Monkey” year, which in Chinese astrology each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one the Five Elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years. For example, if you are born in 2016, 1956, etc., you are a “Fire Monkey”, and you are thought to be “ambitious and adventurous, but irritable”.

The Lucky and Unlucky Things for “Monkeys”

  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
  • Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

The Unlucky Things That “Monkeys” Should Avoid

  • Unlucky colors: red, pink
  • Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
  • Unlucky directions: south, southeast
  • Unlucky months: Chinese lunar months 7 and 11

What is your Chinese zodiac sign?
We would like to welcome all our Chinese travellers to Clifton Hill to have a look around and enjoy all our attractions, dining facilities, and retail outlets for some family fun, great food, unique Niagara Falls memorabilia, and memories to cherish.
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things to do in Niagara Falls this weekend
Things to do in Niagara Falls for the Chinese New Year
*Inniskillin Winery is having their Chinese New Year celebration running weekends in February.
February 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28, 2016
Chef Tim Mackiddie will satisfy your curiosity with a Cabernet Franc Icewine inspired food pairing.
$10 per person. Complimentary for Wine Club members and 1 guest (total of 2 people).
No reservation necessary.

Phone: 905-468-2187
Email: [email protected]

*Starting February 1st through to February 14th you can enjoy special events, exclusive discounts, and special offers at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara. Click the image below for their Chinese New Year promotions:
*The Seneca Niagara Casino wants you to “Cash in on the Chinese New Year!”
Monday February 8–21
Play, have fun and earn match play on your favorite table games this Chinese New Year! (Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker and Blackjack games)
Earn Points 6 AM – 1 AM
Redeem Match Play Coupons 10 AM – 1 AM at the Players Club
Click here for full details.
Niagara Falls Border Crossing 
For information on crossing the border between Canada and the USA, including required documents and bridge cams, just select the image below:
Niagara Falls border
Let us help you find Niagara Falls Hotels that suit your needs. Choose a Clifton Hill hotel for close access to family fun entertainment, the Fallsview Waterpark, and the Casino Niagara, with only a 5-minute walk to view the Falls. Pick a Lundy’s Lane hotel for the shopping traveller — you are close to many boutiques and the Canada One Factory outlet which offers over 40 brand-name stores to choose from. And lastly, we have a list of Fallsview Hotels for the “high-roller”, with a short walk to the Fallsview Casino for some gambling and upcoming concerts, the Scotia Bank Convention Centre, and luxurious restaurants.

things to do in Niagara Falls this weekend
Christine Lynn
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Instagram: @cliftonhillfun

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