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Chinese New Year - Where to Monkey Around?

Steven Gyford by
Categories: Miscellaneous Tags: chinese new year
Yesterday saw in the year of the Monkey, as Chinese New Year came and went once again. - at least, officially. Falling on a Monday has put a delay on the celebrations for now, but this weekend will change all of that. Looking forward to the main celebrations in London on Sunday, we decided to take a look at where else in the world to see in Chinese New Year.

New York

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Naturally you'll be drawn to your nearest Chinatown for this special occasion and there are few better or bigger examples than Chinatown, NYC. Blending tradition with alternative celebratory methods, the Big Apple's streets come to life with this energetic and colourful festival. Take in the Chinese New Year Parade, where there'll be firecrackers, enchanting dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and an abundance of confetti and tickertape. 

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Madison Avenue if you're looking for an experience for a day out, where musical performances accompany lion dancers, calligraphy lessons and traditional Chinese face-changing provide fun for everyone. Better still, local shops have discounts aplenty to mark the occasion, making it the perfect chance to nab yourself a souvenir. 

Amsterdam

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Transforming Dam Square, Nieuwmarkt and Zeedijk into cauldrons of colour, the Lunar New Year hits Amsterdam hard and is regularly enjoyed by enthusiastic locals and tourists alike with shows and performances aplenty. Head to Oriental City and join others with a thoroughly satisfying helping of Dim sum, or try Nam Kee for your choice from a truly expansive menu.

Head to the Buddhist Temple in Zeedijk (the biggest of its kind in the Netherlands) for a feel of the traditions and culture behind it all, before waiting for the ever-popular parade with it's dragon and lion dances stretching for miles. 

Paris

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One of the most popular events in Paris, Chinese New Year brings out the very best of the city's large and thriving French-Chinese community. Locals gather in the streets of the city's south side to admire an impressive display of colour, movement and sound as dancers and musicians make dragons and fish come to life, flying through the air with a procession of flags and banners.

Head to Paris's own Chinatown and you'll behold a lively, popular party to see in the New Year with a touch of euphoria. Hundreds of thousands pack the avenues each year for drinking and dancing to accompany a parade of its own. Here, Chinese New Year almost draws inspiration from Carnival, as the festivities are almost round-the-clock occurrences. 

Hong Kong

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As you might expect, Hong Kong is an enviable place to be at this time of year. Whether you face the crowds at the temples to pray for some good fortunes, trawl the markets for the finest street food or simply admire the astonishing number of red lanterns that line every building. 

One event not to be missed is the Pulse 3D Light Show, which puts on a truly stunning spectacle incorporating exciting audiovisual effects at the Cultural Centre. Another evening activity is the Night Parade, one which is as highly anticipated as New York's Thanksgiving Day Parade and with good reason, as floats, giant creations and performances keep visitors warm with excitement. 
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