The Chinese New Year is fast approaching. Every year the celebrations surrounding this event affect the production capacity of the Chinese factories and this year is no different. They are shutting down for several days in February 2011.
What is Chinese New Year? There's actually a lot more to it than lion dances and firecrackers, although these two pieces of tradition are integral and more visible, Chinese New Year to China is like Christmas to the West. In essence, Chinese New Year is spending time with family, gift giving and, the all important, food-fest.