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Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates Lunar New Year

by Banks Lee

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Universal Studios Hollywood is marking Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Monkey” with a traditional celebratory event through Feb. 14, 2016.

Lunar New Year comes to life within Universal Plaza where guests will be ushered in to celebrate the “Year of the Monkey” under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and a plum blossom arch. The polygon-shaped piazza will also display a dozen lampposts each featuring banners of the twelve zodiac animal signs along with three symbolic attributes.

A highlight of the time-honored tradition will feature the annual appearance of a Mandarin-speaking Megatron who will engage guests in conversation characteristic of his Decepticon Transformer’s persona. Megatron – an ominous 12-foot-tall figure – is one of the stars of Transformers: The Ride-3D.

Unique to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome a Shenzhen performance. “The Five Continents Arts Troupe” from Shenzhen, China entertainment will take place periodically throughout the afternoon for one day only on Saturday, Feb. 13.

In honor of this multi-cultural celebration, Curious George will dress in festive attire to meet guests and take photos in front of a traditional Chinese gong. Asian-inspired treats along with customary music resonating throughout the Plaza will help commemorate Lunar New Year.

Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin. Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking guides provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access. The theme park also provides in-language park maps.

Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandarin speaking guests can learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the Lunar New Year event at ush.cn.

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