View Photo Gallery: Ring in the Chinese New Year on Jan. 23 with carts of dim sum, celebrity-chef-approved kung pao chicken or authentic Sichuan ma la specialties that feel like firecrackers on your tongue.

Today marks the first day of the Year of the Dragon. With Chinese New Year festivities on the horizon for this weekend, don’t forget to incorporate some of the city’s delicious Chinese food into the parades, fireworks and lion dancing.

Wondering where to go to get some tasty dim sum, ma la or Hunan that will satisfy your Chinese food hankering? Check out these photos of some of the best Chinese in the city and beyond. From brunch at the Source to a “hot pot” purveyor in Falls Church, here are 15 photos that will have you salivating.

What's your favorite Chinese fare around? Let us know in the comments section.