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Chinese New Year 2018

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Chinese New Year 2018 is on Friday, 16th February

Be part of the action this Chinese New Year by joining the colourful celebrations in and around Chinatown London. The biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside of China, you can expect an electric carnival atmosphere with lively parades, martial arts displays, immersive family experiences and  – of course – delicious street food galore!

Here’s the Chinese New Year London itinerary so you can plan your visit:

– Kicking off on Charing Cross Road at 10am, the dynamic parade will begin weaving its way through the streets to Chinatown. You’ll witness beautifully decorated floats and lively dragon and lion dances.

–  Make your way to Trafalgar Square for 12pm where the main stage will showcase a dazzling array of talent from China. From traditional Chinese dance and music all the way to contemporary hip-hop acts, don’t miss these incredible performances.

– For lunch, head to one of the two food zones for some tasty Asian delights. Get a taste of the Far East with mouth-watering street food in Trafalgar Square, or sit down for a traditional Chinese New Year menu and special festive treats in a Chinatown restaurant.

–  In the afternoon, take the kids to Leicester Square’s family zone for exciting cultural activities and family-friendly performances. Try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, listen to Chinese music or get involved by dressing up in authentic outfits.

– Later, pop along to Shaftesbury Avenue’s martial arts and culture zone to see thrilling martial art performances, including tai chi chuan and traditional flag displays.

– Discover up-and-coming British-Chinese artists on the New Talent stage, hosted by Spectrum Chinese radio, in the Charing Cross Road community zone.

– Round off your day by snaking around Chinatown’s streets to explore the many craft stalls and lion dances.

Finally, don’t miss the awe-inspiring pyrotechnic display, which lights up Trafalgar Square to mark the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

What to expect: Chinese New Year 2017 Recap

From dragon dances to drumming, London pulled out all the stops to ring in the Year of the Rooster.

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Kong Hei Fa Choi

London celebrated Chinese New Year in style with an explosion of joyful festivities bringing cheery vibes to the Capital. The largest event outside of Asia, thousands of spectators united to usher in the Year of the Rooster.

Proceedings kicked off in the morning with a grand parade of beautifully handcrafted floats, acrobats plus vivid red and gold Chinese lions and dragons. Beginning at Trafalgar Square, the colourful procession danced its way through London’s rainy streets all the way to Shaftesbury Avenue in Chinatown.

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Vivid red and gold Chinese lions and dragons danced their way through London’s rainy streets all the way to Shaftesbury Avenue in Chinatown.

Honouring China’s rich cultural heritage, Trafalgar Square’s main stage showcased a variety of traditional and contemporary performing arts, including the beautiful sounds of the London Chinese Philharmonic Choir and the Guandong Art Troupe’s playful puppets.

The party continued across London at Charing Cross Road’s Hong Kong stage where the Hong Kong Drum Ensemble played out their rhythmic beats. Younger celebrants delighted in martial art displays and immersive performances from the Chickenshed Theatre over on Shaftesbury Avenue’s Family Stage.

Bedecked in red lanterns, Chinatown’s streets were packed with revellers tucking into food and perusing craft stalls. With Instagram opportunities aplenty, snap-happy spectators joined in the fun capturing sporadic lion dances and Chinese zodiac animal statues.

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Make sure you don’t miss the festive red lanterns which will be decorating Chinatown until 15th Feb 2017.

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