December is here and with it, holiday celebrations around the world. In China, familiar Christmas traditions and decorations abound. While we commonly associate many of these symbols of the holidays with western countries, China incorporates many of these traditional elements into their Christmas decorations–with lavish, beautiful, and occasionally humorous results.

These decorations are so unique, we wanted to share a few pictures of them with you, as well as a glimpse into how BASIS International Schools celebrate the holidays. All pictures are from BASIS International Schools staff and teachers.

Christmas Decorations Around Shenzhen

Season's Greetings in Shenzhen

Season’s Greetings from Shenzhen

Shenzhen Christmas display

A beautiful Christmas display in Shenzhen






Shenzhen Christmas tree

Sometimes advertising mixes in with the Christmas decorations

The Occasionally Humorous

Starbucks Christmas in China

Sometimes things don’t quite translate from Mandarin to English, such as in this Starbucks display.

Camel Christmas in Shenzhen

A camel enjoys city life in Shenzhen







Christmas in Hangzhou & Hong Kong

Cartier Christmas tree in Hangzhou

The Cartier Christmas tree in Hangzhou.

Christmas tree at Disneyland Hong Kong

Christmas tree at Disneyland Hong Kong







Hong Kong city Christmas lights

The city of Hong Kong lights up at Christmas time

The Holiday Spirit at BASIS International Schools

BASIS International School Hangzhou Christmas tree

BASIS International School Hangzhou displays their lobby Christmas tree

BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour

BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour students post their Christmas wishes on the Wish Wall

BASIS International School Hangzhou teachers Christmas sweaters

BASIS International School teachers show off their Christmas sweaters.

No matter the place, decorations, or language, the sentiment of the season is always the same…

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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