Monday 23 January 2012 marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon.
Phuket is planning an extravagant celebration to ring in the new year with acrobats from Puyang, China and performances from several famous musicians. There will also be four sets of firework displays to honour HM the King, HM the Queen and HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.
The Year of the Dragon is particularly promising for Phuket as many people believe the topography of Phuket resembles that of a great Sea Dragon. Tradition holds that this dragon, Hai Leng Ong, is duty-bound to protect Phuket and its visitors, sustaining life and prosperity in business.