Chinese New Year in London

chinese new year londonIf you happen to be visiting London between the 3rd and 6th of February, then why not join in with this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Touted as the largest celebration of the Chinese New Year outside of Asia you know this is an event not to be missed. The New Year begins differently than the west due to the Chinese using solar and lunar calendars. Each year is represented by one of twelve animals and this year is the year of the rabbit.

The main day for the celebration will be Sunday, where thousands will meet in London’s west end to cheer in the arrival of the year of the rabbit. To wish the people you meet a happy new year, say “Kung Hei Fat Choi”, im sure you will be forgiven if your pronunciation is a bit off.

Celebrations will be spread between China town, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square and organisers are said to be expecting this year to be even bigger than previous events.

Previous years have seen spectacular celebrations that included traditional Chinese dance performances, acrobatics, music, food, traditional dragons and last year a fantastic firework display took place in Leicester Square. In 2011 you can expect the same mixture of arts, music and jubilation that will help bring in the new year and celebrate Chinese culture.

You will find plenty of places to eat in London’s China town and surrounding areas during your visit. Many will put on special menus especially for the event. If you don’t fancy sitting down to eat with all the excitement happening outside, then there will be many stalls selling Chinese and Asian delicacies that you can eat whilst you walk around and enjoy the sights.

You may already have your accommodation sorted, but there are plenty of London Hotels to choose from if you are planning to partake in the Chinese New Year celebrations. The Royal Trafalgar and St Martins Lane are both within close distance of the event and are ideal if you do not want to travel far.

Don’t forget to take your digital camera as you are bound to see many colourful sights that you will want to capture and show your friends when you return home.

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