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London welcomes in Chinese New Year in style

chinatown london-chinese new year dragon dance

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.

But these festivities were only the beginning; Chinese New Year continues until February 15th so be sure to head to Chinatown to take advantage of its restaurant’s special festive menu offerings.

 

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