Prepare yourself for the Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatowns across the world with our handy guide below.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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