The city of Liverpool welcomes in the Chinese year of the Rooster. The first day of the Chinese New Year in 2017 officially falls on Saturday 28th January. With a large Chinese population, Liverpool even has its own Chinatown district. During the holiday period expect to find a variety of street entertainment, food and market stalls, a traditional dragon parade and a modern firework display. The year of the Rooster is taken from the Chinese Zodiac, with each year representing a different animal. The 12-year cycle is based around the movements of the planet Jupiter.
The nearest airport to Chinatown is the Liverpool John Lennon Airport. To reach the city using the bus service is the quickest and most efficient route. If travelling by train Liverpool Central Rail Station is in the heart of the city centre. You can then easily walk or use public transport to get around. Chinatown is free to enter, look for the elaborately decorative China Arch. Market stalls and street entertainment will be available all day, although check local listings nearer the time for any more detailed information.
Most activities for the New Year celebrations will be outdoors, so remember to bring a coat as January weather is unpredictable. Various bars and cafes will also celebrate the Chinese culture, although check local listings for any more details. Many Chinese restaurants will be booked way in advance, especially for the local Chinese community. If you can’t get a table in Chinatown, there will be plenty elsewhere in the city. If you are not familiar with Chinese traditions investigate to fully embrace the occasion. With Chinese New Year being a colourful and vibrant affair it appeals to all ages and cultures.
If you are planning to visit Liverpool for Chinese New Year, choose from a selection of houses, flats and apartments, B&B’s, cottages, spare rooms and other private rentals close to Chinatown. You can travel on foot, or the public bus service is available if you choose to stay elsewhere in the city. Check our accommodation in Liverpool.
Take a tour of the city with the explorer bus. Watch a premiership game of football, as Liverpool FC play their home games at the famous Anfield Stadium. Discover where it all began for the legendary Beatles at both the Casbah Coffee Club and the world-famous Cavern Club. Take a boat trip along the River Mersey.
Find out more about the Chinese New Year, including: Mythology and history, festivities during the fifteen days, traditions, historical practices, symbolism and signs of the zodiac, as well as Chinese New Year celebrations from around the world.
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