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Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday the 12th of February, which marks the first day of the first lunar month on the traditional Chinese calendar. It is the start of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese Zodiac.

To celebrate the festival, we have put together a Chinese cultural quiz for you to play. You can find the answers to the questions at the bottom of this page.

May the Year of the Ox bring you positivity and happiness!

Round 1: How much do you know about the Chinese New Year Festival?

1) What is Chinese New Year called in China?
A. Spring Festival
B. Moon Festival
C. Dragon Boat Festival
D. Winter Festival

2) The Chinese Zodiac is a repeating 12-year cycle of animal signs. According to the Chinese Zodiac legend, the order of the 12 animals was determined by…
A. a race across the mountain
B. a race across the river
C. a dance contest
D. a singing contest

3) What is the traditional gift for children during Chinese New Year?
A. book
B. toy
C. candy
D. red packet with money

4) The Chinese New Year Monster legend tells how to ward off a horrible monster called ‘Nian’. Which of the following would not be useful for driving the Nian monster away?
A. red colour
B. fireworks
C. lanterns
D. salt

5) Which fruit symbolises good luck during Chinese New Year?
A. mandarin orange
B. apple
C. banana
D. melon

6) Chinese New Year is celebrated until the 15th day of the first lunar month, and this day is called…
A. Moon Festival
B. Lantern Festival
C. Fireworks Festival
D. Dragon Boat Festival

Round 2: How much do you know about China?

1) Which language has the highest number of native speakers in the world?
A. Mandarin Chinese
B. Spanish
C. English
D. Hindi

2) How to say ‘hello’ in Mandarin Chinese?
A. 你好nǐ hǎo
B. 很好 hěn hǎo
C. 谢谢xiè xie
D. 再见zài jiàn

3) China has the world’s largest population, which is equivalent to __% of the total world population.
A. 6%
B. 10%
C. 14%
D. 18%

4) Comparing the sizes of countries, how many times is China bigger than the UK?
A. 9
B. 19
C. 29
D. 39

5) What is the capital city of China?
A. Beijing
B. Shanghai
C. Xi’an
D. Nanjing

6) If you want to see the Terracotta Warriors, which city should you visit in China?
A. Beijing
B. Shanghai
C. Xi’an
D. Nanjing

Round 3: More questions about Chinese culture.

1) What colour is considered the luckiest in Chinese culture?
A. red
B. gold
C. white
D. black

2) What number is considered the luckiest in Chinese culture?
A. 2
B. 4
C. 6
D. 8

3) Which food symbolises longevity and is eaten on a Chinese person’s birthday?
A. noodles
B. cake
C. dumplings
D. spring rolls

4) Which of the following was not a Chinese invention?
A. compass
B. paper
C. table tennis
D. toothbrush

5) Which of the following did not originate from China?
A. tea
B. fortune cookies
C. tofu
D. noodles

6) What was the name of the ancient trade route between China and the West?
A. The Silk Road
B. The Spice Road
C. The Amber Road
D. The Salt Road

Answer Keys

Round 1

1) A. Spring Festival;  2) B. a race across the river;  3) D. red packet with money;  4) D. salt;  5) A. mandarin orange;  6) B. Lantern Festival.

Round 2

1) A. Mandarin Chinese;  2) A. 你好nǐ hǎo;  3) D. 18% ;  4) D. 39 times;  5) A. Beijing;  6) C. Xi’an.

Round 3

1) A. red;  2) D. 8;  3) A. noodles;  4) C. table tennis;  5) B. fortune cookies;  6) A. The Silk Road.

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Zhong Wang

Zhong Wang

Zhong has worked in education for over 15 years in schools and local governments as a languages teacher and an education adviser. Before joining Juniper Education, she managed the Chinese studies centre and China educational partnerships for Essex County Council for 10 years. She has extensive experience in developing and managing international links and joint programmes between the UK and China. Zhong has teaching qualifications from both China and the UK, and a master’s degree with distinction in Comparative Education from IOE London.