New attractions for Chinese Lunar New Year 2017 celebration in London

Every year, the first major event celebrate at the Trafalgar Square is the Chinese Lunar New Year. The oncoming year of the rooster will start by the 28th January, the celebration in London will be set up on 29th of January.

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Lunar new year parade in London 2015 ©Tian Lan

As usual, the celebration will cover the Chinatown, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square, according to LCCA, the organiser of the celebration, there will be two more new locations for tourists to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year, one is the Charing Cross Road, the other one will be the London Eye.

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Chinese Lunar New Year Dragon dance 2016 ©Tian Lan

Though Charing Cross Road is the compulsory route for the Chinese New Year Parade, as the year of 2017 will be the 20th year anniversary of the sovereignty transfer of Hong Kong. According to the general director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), Ms Priscilla To, a special stage will be set at the Charing Cross Road; moreover, HKETO will have the stall at the Trafalgar Square as well to promote Hong Kong.

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Then comes to the London Eye, before Coca-Cola took over the London Eye, people only able to see the London Eye in red once a year, that was the Chinese Lunar New Year. Since Coca-Cola turns the London Eye to ‘full-time’ red about 2 years ago, there is nothing too special during the Chinese New Year. Whereas things will be different this year, stated by Sunny Jouhal, the General Manager of the London Eye, there will be the red and gold light show between 27th to 29th of January from 4:00 pm.

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Chinese New Year Young Performer 2016 ©Tian Lan

National Gallery will also get involved in the celebration, Sophie Martin, the Family & Children’s Programmer from the National Gallery introduced the ‘Family Day’ on 28th of January will include Chinese Lunar New Year children plays, painting and DIY.

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A girl playing with the paper dragon, Chinese Lunar New Year, London ©Tian Lan

Here is the draft programme for 29th of January, Sunday. Please be aware the exact program depends on the day:

10:00 Chinese New Year Parade

12:50 Lion dance at Trafalgar Square

13:45 Chinese Traditional Drum performance

15:45 Chinese Puppet show

16:00 Cantonese Opera

Enjoy your Chinese Lunar New Year!

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