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Cities to celebrate Chinese New Year
Published on: 2018-02-05
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chinesenewyear2018 ly86 Getty 5a4ae4e513f1290037aecd34The Year of the Dog arrives with the pop of firecrackers on February 16. Here are the best places on the planet for a happy Chinese New Year.
 

1. LONDON

030A parade of floats and dancing lions in Chinatown, marital arts demonstrations along Shaftesbury Avenue and stage performances, food stalls and fireworks in Trafalgar Square are part of celebrations across the West End.
 

London's Leicester Square hosts family-friendly entertainment in which kids can try calligraphy and dress in imperial costumes.
 

Leicester Square sees family-friendly entertainment in which kids can try calligraphy and dress in imperial costumes.
 

2. PARIS

031In Paris, parades featuring giant floats, dancing dragons, acrobats, firecrackers and music head down the Champs-Elysées ...
 

Costumed parades featuring giant floats, dancing dragons, acrobats, firecrackers and music head down the Champs-Elysées and through Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement between Porte de Choisy and Place d'Italie.
 

Chinatown's shopfronts and restaurants are decorated in lucky red and gold, and the Eiffel Tower is bathed in red light.
 

Several other districts, including Aubervilliers and Belleville, host events. The best of them take place in the Marais and include dance and martial-arts performances.
 

3. NEW YORK

032A New Year parade wanders through Chinatown and Little Italy, followed by ear-splitting noon firecrackers and a cultural festival, street party and food market.
 

Chinatown's restaurants and karaoke bars go off. Various other districts host events too, including Brooklyn and Flushing.
 

4. SAN FRANCISCO

033The city hosts the largest Chinese New Year's celebration in North America, featuring two major events, the Flower Fair and the Chinatown Community Street Fair, both in Chinatown and involving calligraphy, kite-making and puppet shows.
 

Events finish with a parade that fuses Chinese-themed floats with American marching bands, presided over by a huge 29-segment dragon. The parade is unusual for taking place in the evening, and is illuminated.
 

5. SINGAPORE

0034 three-week, city-wide Spring Festival is especially merry in Chinatown and at Marina Bay, which is lit with Zodiac-animal lanterns.
 

It ends with the carnival-esque Chingay Parade, featuring 3000 street performers, rock bands and dragon dancers, which claims to be Asia's largest street parade. The much-loved God of Prosperity sprinkles gold dust over the crowds, bringing fortune for the year ahead. Fireworks and a showcase of Chinese food and culture follow.
 

6. YOKOHAMA

035Japan's biggest Chinatown, raucous and kitschy, is always jammed with restaurant-goers (there are reputedly more than 600 restaurants), and during Chinese New Year ratchets up another notch with lion dancing, lanterns and traditional performances such as acrobatics and martial arts. Expect plenty of noise thanks to firecrackers, cymbals and drums.
 

Kantei-byo Shrine is decorated, lantern-illuminated and thronged with locals praying to the god of prosperity and business.
 

7. VANCOUVER

036Chinatown hosts a Spring Festival culminating in the expected parade, which winds along West Pender, Gore and Keefer streets, after which lions prance through restaurants.
 

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden hosts a special exhibition and fair at which you can get involved in traditional crafts.
 

Various malls have their own events, as does Vancouver's new epicentre for Chinese immigrants, Richmond, which has hundreds of Chinese restaurants.
 

8. BEIJING

037Festivals, fireworks and parades all feature. Temple and park fairs see dragon and lion dancing, folk performances and food stalls, and Longtan Park hosts sports competitions and demonstrations.
 

The Temple of Heaven recreates more solemn imperial celebrations, and the Old Summer Palace has Qing-inspired entertainment. CCTV's Spring Festival Gala is said to be the most-watched TV show on Earth, with 700 million viewers.

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