Tip: If dim sum’s your thing, join the epic (but fast moving) queues outside your restaurant of choice and aim for an early lunch. The best dim sum is served early and when it’s gone, it’s gone!
Celebrate in Manchester from 7th to 10th February.
Manchester’s very own Chinatown is in the heart of the city, with Faulkner Street at the centre of the action, just behind the Town Hall. There are dozens of brilliant events planned, all ending in the crowning glory of the legendary Dragon Parade. There’ll be a giant golden dragon in Exchange Square to preside over the celebration, as well as calligraphy, Tai Chi and artsy fun at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. Our Native Manchester aparthotel is only a stones-throw away.
Tip: Check the Visit Manchester website for all the listings, and make sure you visit the street food market at St Ann’s Square for a huge range of Chinese treats.
Celebrate in Glasgow from 2nd to 17th February.
Chinese New Year in Glasgow is celebrated in the city’s many fantastic museums. This year you’ll find a fun filled, family friendly celebration of the Year of the Pig at Kelvin Hall and crafts and horoscopes at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, as well as decorations and activities on Main Street.
Tip: One for the foodies – chefs Jimmy Lee (Lychee Oriental) and Julie Lin (Julie’s Kopitiam) will be hosting a four-course Chinese feast at SWG3 on 7th February 2019. Book at Eventbrite.com.
Now that you know where to find the fun, start practising your xin nian kuai le (happy new year in Mandarin) or san nin faai lok (in Cantonese). Cheers!