How To Say “Happy New Year” in Chinese?
Xīnnián kuàilè 新年快乐 (New Year Happy)
Standard Mandarin (the most widely used in Chinese). This is also the safest way of greetings because most people would understand this.
Gōngxǐ fācái 恭喜发财 (Congratulations on Making A Lot of Money)
Cantonese （Mainly Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Province where Cantonese is a prevailing language)
Xīnnián rúyì 新年如意 (A Smooth Year Ahead)
Teochew/ Hokkien (Mainly in South East Asia and Taiwan)
The Most Popular Chinese Way of Greeting in the New Year of 2014, Year of Horse
Mǎshàng yǒu qián 马上有钱 (Money On The Back of A Horse = Will Get Money Immediately)
The the most popular way of greeting in 2014 must be Mǎshàng yǒu qián (马上有钱) which is pronounced the same as “getting money immediately”. With rapid urbanization in China, money seems to be highly and widely valued.