About Chinese New Year, Manchester
Welcome in the Chinese year of the Rooster, celebrate in style in one of the UK’s biggest cities. The first day of the Chinese New Year in 2018 officially falls on Saturday 27th January. Within Manchester City Centre from 26th January to the 29th there will be market stalls and plenty of Chinese food available, lining the streets. The celebrations are also set to include live music, lion dancers, fireworks and a traditional Dragon Parade. The art installation “The Lanterns of Terracotta” originally commissioned for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will also be on display, having already travelled the world.
Helpful information about Chinese New Year, Manchester
Manchester Airport is 7.5 miles away from the city centre, it is easy to then travel into Manchester by public transport. The Metro Link will get you around Manchester although the main events will be within walking distance. The “Lanterns of Terracotta” art installation and street entertainment are free to be embraced by all ages and cultures. Join the street party celebrations, the market will be open all day but anticipate the main entertainment to start early evening. Although spread over a few days the fireworks are likely to be held on New Year’s Day.
Making the most of Chinese New Year
Various bars and restaurants will also celebrate the Chinese culture, although check local listings for any more details. Many Chinese restaurants will be closed so families can spend time together. If you do find one open, then book your table in advance as they will soon get filled up. Most activities across Manchester will be outdoors, so remember to bring a coat as January weather is unpredictable. If you are not familiar with Chinese traditions investigate to fully appreciate the occasion. With Chinese New Year being a colourful and vibrant affair it appeals to all ages.
Where to stay in Manchester for Chinese New Year
If you are planning to visit Manchester for Chinese New Year, choose from a selection of houses, flats and apartments, B&B’s, spare rooms and other private rentals in the city centre. Getting around is easiest on foot, or the public bus service is available if you choose to stay elsewhere in the city.
Things to do in Manchester during Chinese New Year
Manchester United play their home football matches at the famous Old Trafford stadium. If you’re a fan of Coronation Street visit the set at Granada Studios. There are plenty of shops in the huge Trafford Centre, visit the Museum of Science and Industry or take in a show at the Manchester Arena.
More information about Chinese New Year
Click here to find out more about the Chinese New Year, including: the Mythology and history of the Chinese New Year, festivities during the fifteen days, traditions, historical practices such as music, clothes and symbolism, as well as Chinese New Year from around the world.
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