Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or “San Nin Faai Lok” (in Cantonese).
The Chinese New Year 2017 festivities in Central London are free to attend and take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End.
The day usually kicks off with a colourful Chinese parade that snakes its way through the streets of the West End, followed by stage performances in Trafalgar Square, including traditional dance troupes, acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances, opera and martial arts acts.
The grand finale in Trafalgar Square ends the Chinese New Year celebrations with fireworks and a spectacular show.
As well as the Chinese New Year parade and main-stage performances, there are plenty more things to do and see around the West End, especially around Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road.
Pause to sample a wide selection of Chinese regional dishes at one of Chinatown’s many Chinese restaurants or pop-up food stands.
Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 27.