#94: Chinatown during Chinese New Years

Chinese New Years is one of London’s most spectacular events. Head down to the West End with over 300,000 other people to take part in the celebrations in late January or […]

Chinese New Years is one of London’s most spectacular events. Head down to the West End with over 300,000 other people to take part in the celebrations in late January or early February.

The original Chinatown in London actually existed in the East End in Limehouse. But after the Blitz in WWII destroyed it, the Chinatown in Soho began to develop and is what exists today. Chinese New Years festivities begin in the morning with a parade which passes through Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Rupert Street before reaching its final destination at Trafalgar Square. Join the crowd over in Chinatown for Dragon dancing, music and performances, plenty of Chinese food and lots of annoying firecrackers but be warned – this place is crowded so hold onto your purse, your camera and elbow your way to that egg roll.

Chinese dragon

Chinese New  Years dragon

Chinatown Lanterns in Soho

 

 

 

 

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