14 Best Chinese New Year E-Card Sites for 2020

The Year of the Rat officially begins on January 25, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Rat decorations surrounded by baby pandas
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Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China's most important festival, celebrating the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. It's an important celebration for families that comes with a weeklong official public holiday. 

Chinese New Year 2020 falls on Saturday, January 25, 2020, beginning a year of the Rat. The Rat represents diligence, kindness, and generosity.

Many greetings are sent to commemorate Chinese New Year, and thanks to the internet, e-cards are an easy and thoughtful option. Here are our favorite Chinese New Year e-card sites from all across the web.

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Punchbowl website with images of e-cards for Chinese New Year


At Punchbowl, choose from a variety of beautiful, well-designed cards and even craft a special digital envelope. Add your own photos to some cards for an even more personal touch.

Punchbowl has several pricing plans that range from $1.99 per month for 10 cards to $3.99 for 100 cards.

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Paperless Post

Paperless Post website with Chinese New Year e-cards


Paperless Post offers a stunning array of Lunar New Year cards with vibrant color, meticulous design and typography, and realistic card qualities. Your recipients will be delighted by the lovely sentiments.

To find Paperless Post's free cards, use the "free" filter, which is available under all categories. Paid cards work under a point system, and you can purchase points on the site.

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Jacquie Lawson

Jacquie Lawson website with images of e-cards for Chinese New Year


Jacquie Lawson is a British illustrator in southern England who started creating electronic greetings in 2000. She has built a classy and impressive online collection of animated Flash greeting cards with music. Among her New Year's offerings are some elegant and unique Lunar New Year e-cards.

These e-cards aren't free, but they are very high quality and it may be worth the yearly membership fee to send classy messages to your friends and family throughout the year. (A U.S. membership is $20 per year.)

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D Greetings website with images of e-cards for Chinese New Year


Dgreetings.com offers an array of tasteful, traditional, and beautiful Chinese New Year e-cards. These greetings are a perfect way to send loved ones messages of good luck, fortune, and happiness.

Cards from Dgreetings are free to send.

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Birthday Alarm website with Chinese New Year e-cards


Despite being called BirthdayAlarm, the site offers a slew of holiday e-cards to personalize with photos and messages, including some lovely offerings for Chinese New Year.

Most e-cards are free to send, although premium cards require a paid membership.

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Someecards website featuring Chinese New Year e-cards


Someecards is a free online e-card service that features sarcastic parodies of the sentiments traditionally found in greeting cards. If you're looking for the perfect humorous, irreverent Chinese New Year e-card to send, this is the place for you.

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American Greetings

American Greetings website with Chinese New Year e-cards


American Greetings has a small but lovely selection of digital Chinese New Year e-cards, including some with animation and music.

Downloading these cards requires a one-month ($4.99), one-year ($1.67 per month), or two-year ($1.25 per month) paid membership. American Greetings offers a seven-day free trial to test out the service.

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Blue Mountain website showing Chinese New Year e-card


BlueMountain's cards are artistic and unique, unlike any others on the web. While they don't have a huge selection of Chinese New Year cards, the offerings are lovely and easy to personalize.

BlueMountain offers a free seven-day trial. After that, memberships range from $4.99 per month to two years for $29.99.

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123Greetings website with Chinese New Year e-card


123Greetings has a huge variety of free Chinese New Year greetings, ranging from formal to romantic to symbolic. Many include animations, music, and unique features and customizability. There are styles here you won't be able to find anywhere else.

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Hallmark website with Chinese New Year e-cards


Hallmark has only a few Chinese New Year e-cards, but they're beautiful and high quality. With options such as music and customizable animation, these Chinese New Year offerings are quite special.

These cards aren't free. A $5 monthly fee gets you an unlimited-use membership and access to the entire Hallmark e-library.

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E-Cards website with Chinese New Year e-cards


E-cards offers sweet, simple, and charming Chinese New Year e-cards with animation, music, and more customization options. Some cards are free to send, while others require a Bronze ($12 per year), Silver ($17 per year), or Gold ($20 per year) membership.

The site says money earned from online greetings and gifts go to support wildlife and environmental causes.

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Travel China Guide website


TravelChinaGuide is a tour operator that offers an array of free greeting cards on its site. Its Chinese New Year greetings include images of animals and travel, and the site offers interesting facts and information about the Chinese New Year celebration.

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Doozy Cards

Doozy Cards website with Chinese New Year e-cards


Doozy Cards offers fun, cartoonish, and animated e-cards with music and other customization offerings, including personal messages.

The site offers an array of free cards. A Premier membership gets you access to more cards (there's a free 10-day trial), and a portion of the membership fees goes to a Meals on Wheels program.

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TIAS.com website with Chinese New Year e-cards


Tias.com specializes in virtual vintage free e-cards, with unique and elegant hand-drawn artwork. Its Chinese New Year offerings are very classic and simple, in keeping with the site's vintage vibe.

Select your artwork and then customize your e-card with a message, text colors, and music. Tias.com is also an online hotspot for antiques and collectibles.