UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD continues to break its own records heading into 2016. Its biggest year ever is just getting started with the imminent opening of THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER on April 7. With a growing number of mainland Chinese guests visiting the park while in Los Angeles, Universal has stepped up their Lunar New Year offerings with a two week long celebration through February 14, 2016.

Filling Universal Plaza with gorgeous flowers and decor, the tribute to Year of the Monkey includes meet-n-greets with Curious George in traditional Chinese attire and Megatron from TRANSFORMERS, speaking Mandarin Chinese in a living character performance. Guests can write down their wishes and place them on wishing trees throughout the plaza, as well as partake in special Asian-inspired gourmet food offerings. For one day only on February 13, The Five Continents Art Troupe will perform an exciting traditional Shenzhen show in Universal Plaza.

Chinese visitors are accommodated year-round on the park’s world famous Studio Tram Tour, which offers trams throughout each operating day in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. The park even has a dedicated website for Chinese visitors at ush.cn. Take a look at the beautiful celebration, plus a quick update on the Hogsmeade’s progress!

Lunar New Year Celebration

Curious George is the cutest ever!

Curious George had his own wish for the wishing tree – bananas!

Pot stickers, egg rolls, kimchi-topped hot dogs and more are available at the plaza food truck

Megatron only addresses guests in Mandarin at Universal Plaza

Park Construction Update

These kiosks will distribute timed entry tickets for Harry Potter when the new area opens

Hogsmeade is awfully close to Springfield!

We’re expecting soft openings to start as soon as late February. It’s almost ready!

The view of the Forbidden Journey show building from the Studio Tram Tour queue

The new shopping and dining complex replacing House of Horrors is coming along

The revamped Special Effects Show was pretty fun, and includes an amazing fire stunt!