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    Chinese New Year celebrations around the world
    Dragons, dragons everywhere: Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions around the world
    Chinatown in London. Credit: Ian Shaw/Alamy Stock Photo/Argusphoto
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    Prepare yourself for the Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatowns across the world with our handy guide below.

    Chinatown in London. Credit: Loop Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo/Argusphoto

    Credit: Loop Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo/Argusphoto

    London

    Chinese population: 124,250

    The main Chinese New Year celebrations take place in London’s Chinatown – the historic streets that sit between the tourist hubs of Leicester Square and hip Soho. The Chinese New Year parade passes from there via the West End to Trafalgar Square, where there are stage performances and all-day entertainment.

    Chinatown  in Los Angeles. Credit: Kit Leong/Shutterstock

    Credit: Kit Leong/Shutterstock

    Los Angeles

    Chinese population: 566,968

    Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown kick off with a midnight ceremony at Thien Hau Temple. And while there is, of course, a parade, if you’re after something different, the city’s Beverly Center mall hosts a special WeChat mascot and sticker workshop. Universal Studios is also celebrating the festival with a Kung Fu Panda event and LA’s Chinatown hosts a block party to celebrate.

    The Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco. Credit: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    Credit: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    San Francisco

    Chinese population: 629,243

    San Francisco is home to one of the biggest Chinese New Year parades outside of Asia. The event has been held since the 1860s. The city also marks the occasion with a flower market, basketball jamboree, Miss Chinatown USA pageant and a street fair.

    Chinese New Year in Sydney. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

    Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

    Sydney

    Chinese population: 487,976

    Sydney hosts over 80 events to celebrate Chinese New Year across the city. Check out the fun on Lunar New Year’s Day as Haymarket laneways transform into a street party, watch the dragon boat races in Darling Harbour and take a selfie with giant lanterns in Circular Quay.

    A Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver. Credit: Liang Sen/Xinhua/Sipa USA/Newscom

    Credit: Liang Sen/Xinhua/Sipa USA/Newscom

    Vancouver

    Chinese population: 411,470

    In Richmond, you’ll find 10-course Chinese banquets. The traditional flower bazaar takes place at the International Buddhist Temple and you’ll find many cultural events across the city, including art exhibits at the Oakridge Centre and a dance performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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