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Lunar New Year in the UK



After a three-year hiatus, the city-wide Lunar New Year celebrations return to Birmingham! Highlights of the weekend's itinerary include Wan Sheng traditional dance, a 3 o’clock Kung Fu show, and the roaring Chinese Lion display! If you are looking to partake in a more crafty activity, take a trip to the Hippodrome theatre: work alongside local artists in carefully crafting Chinese calligraphy, or let your creative-juices flowing through lantern-making.

A pivotal element of Lunar New Year is food, and Birmingham has plenty of it to offer! The city is a fantastic destination for this special occasion, as it is home to the UK’s best Dim Sum! Located in the Chinese quarter, Chung Ying Cantonese restaurant achieved the Golden Chopsticks Award (an accredited industry award body) in 2022. So be sure to grab a table, and fill yourself with a variety of crispy and steamed Dim Sum!


Venturing further north, Leeds too has a great range of Chinese restaurants dotted around the buzzing city. With restaurants serving foods from various regions of China, you will certainly be spoilt for choice.

But perhaps one of the more unique yet enriching experiences you can find yourself visiting is the Chinese and British Exhibition at the Halton Library. Partnering with the British Library, this educational addition to our list aims to celebrates the integration of Chinese people, art, food, and culture into modern Britain. Throughout the mid-twentieth century, Britain saw a rising number of Chinese immigrants arriving, bringing vibrant culture with them, that have shaped our multicultural identity. Organized by the library, this sentimental collection includes photographs and interviews of real stories that have impacted the Chinese-British population of the North and the greater United Kingdom. The exhibit is free, and positively recognizes the journey of early Chinese-British immigrants.


Concluding our list is Manchester: If you’re lucky enough to be here during this time, be sure to venture into Chinatown to fully immerse yourself in the Lunar New Year celebrations! Met with by grand Chinatown Archway, you will find a selection of nifty craft workshops, face-painters, tasty Chinese street-food, in addition to a great variety of restaurants.

Mark your calendars for Sunday the 22nd to catch a glimpse of the famous Red Dragon: the 175-metre-long, scaly monster which will soar across the streets from Manchester Central to Chinatown. Accompanied by traditional, costumed dancers, this exciting display is a must-see! After the thrills of the parade, delicious food, and a musical show or two, end the day with the illuminated dragon performances, at 5pm and 6pm!

Planning on joining the Lunar New Year festivities in one of these cities? Be sure to post your pictures and videos on Instagram and tag us at @englishpathschools. Happy Lunar New Year!