The Chinese New Year of the Horse is upon us, so we thought we’d celebrate this huge international festival that is recognised by a third of the world’s population with a rundown of some of the Gay Homestays we have available in the top countries by their Chinese populations. Unfortunately we are yet to have any hosts in mainland China or Hong Kong, but here are the others we have in south and far east Asia:
Of the approximate 23.5 million people living in Taiwan, it is estimated that 98% of them are of Chinese ethnicity. Taiwan celebrate Chinese New Year in a similar way to China – a two-week long holiday full of nationwide festivities. Taiwan is also one of the most liberal of all far east Asian countries when it comes to LGBT rights.
We currently have 2 properties in Taipei, Taiwan.
According to the latest statistics, there are nearly 9.5 million Chinese people in Thailand, making it home to the largest overseas Chinese community and also the oldest, most prominent, and well integrated overseas Chinese community in the world, though the majority of them consider themselves to be Thai. Thailand is very well-known for its open attitude towards the LGBT community.
We currently have 20 properties throughout Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.
Indonesia’s Chinese population of almost 9 million accounts for around 3-4% of the country’s total, and like the Thai Chinese, many also identify as being Indonesian more so than Chinese, which is a very different attitude to neighbouring Malaysia.
We currently have 7 properties in Bali and Seminyak, Indonesia.
Malaysia’s Chinese population is the largest ethnic minority group in the country and the largest percentage of Chinese people compared to its total population, with around ¼ of the Malaysia’s 28.5 million identifying as Chinese. Compared to the more Buddhist Thailand and Indonesia – which has no official religion but where Islam is the most common with 88% of the population practising it – Islamic Malaysia is quite liberal in celebrating Chinese New Year and embracing its multicultural society. However, Malaysian-Chinese prefer to be identified separately, unlike in Thailand and Indonesia.
We currently have 20 properties in Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands in Malaysia.
Singapore has the second largest number of Chinese people outside of China behind Taiwan – 75% of its population are of full or partial Chinese descent and Chinese New Year is celebrated there just as much as it is in China and Taiwan.
We currently have 1 property in Singapore.
Around 2 million people of the Philippines’ overall population of 99 million are Chinese and while this is a very small percentage of them, they are known to be proud of their ethnic heritage even though they are very well integrated into the rest of Filipino society, which makes an interesting difference to those living in Thailand and Indonesia.
We currently have 3 properties in the Philippines, including Manila.
If you have a spare room in your apartment or house or a whole property or guesthouse room to rent out to travellers anywhere in Asia or the world, you can sign up as a host with Gay Homestays here and start earning money and meeting new people! To see our list of ten cities to visit in China, click here.
We at Gay Homestays would like to wish you all a Happy, Lucky and Prosperous Chinese New Year, whether you celebrate it or not!