On January 25, the annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade kicked off with the two-day Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair. A San Francisco Chinatown tradition, the Flower Market Fair offered residents and visitors alike a chance to prepare for the lunar New Year. With over 50 exhibitors, the fair welcomed its 400,000 visitors with an array of orchids, bamboo, tangerine and other flower bushes, as well as traditional new years decorations. Fun for the whole family, the fair also featured several performing cultural artists, including the White Crane Kung Fu Association, YoYo Joe (U.S. National YoYo Chamption), the U.S. Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy, and more.

For more information on the Flower Market Fair, please visit http://www.sanfranciscochinatown. com/events/flowerfair.html

For the full calendar events for San Francisco Chinatown Chinese New Year events, please visit http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/events/