Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Chinese New Year in London

Chinese New Year started on 26th January 2009 and lasts for 15 days. This year it is the Year of the Ox and London traditionally holds the capital's Chinese New Year celebrations on the first Sunday after Chinese New Year's Day – which is Sunday 1st February.

Trafalgar Square is hosting the main stage which showcases traditional and contemporary Chinese arts from 12-6pm with performances by artists from Qinghai and Kunming in China, plus lion and dragon dances.

You will find lion dances in China Town, performances for local artists on Shaftesbury Avenue, fireworks in Leicester Square as well as lots of stalls selling cultural items and decorations.

If you get hungry along the way, simply stop off and refuel at one of Chinatown's many restaurants, or the food court in Trafalgar Square.

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