London celebrates the Chinese New Year – Photo Essay

London celebrates the Chinese New Year – Photo Essay

Obviously Chinese New Year’s celebration differ not just in China (as I mentioned in a previous post), but also outside China.

Today I have had the chance to take part in London’s Chinese New Year’s celebrations which are the largest outside Asia. They were amazing. Totally different from what I have experienced in China. There was a parade, a huge stage with amazing acts: dancers from Beijing and Nanjing, singers and music artists. And my favorite: Liondance! I just love it.

Even though there were hundreds of thousands of people I made it to the front and managed to take a few pictures. Here is a selection to give you an impression. Enjoy.

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

7 thoughts on “London celebrates the Chinese New Year – Photo Essay

  1. Your photos are just gorgeous! What a celebration! Back in my hometown in the US they never put on a show as festive and professional as this one — you’re very lucky to have the opportunity to experience this in person.


  2. great photos! Looks so nice :) my husband and I tried to find some sort of celebration in Glasgow, but unfortunately there was nothing. But we did go to a Chinese supermarket and we happened to get there exactly at 12 am (China time) so we got free 饺子 haha!

    • It was worth going and waiting for hours haha In order to be infront of the stage I went very very early and waited for two hours for the show to start. There were thousands of people! We were lucky with the weather. Past days it was raining. I am sure it was warmer than Helsinki, but after four hours of standing and was sooooo cold, I couldn’t feel my feet and hands haha But it was all worth it :D

  3. That’s an impressive portfolio of CNY celebration pics! They convey the CNY mood so well!

    Lion dances are always impressive affairs, esp if done by some of the top lion dance troupes in the world. Many of these are Malaysian, especially the ones from the Southern state of Johore where I came from.

    Every year, Genting Highlands Resort holds an international level lion dance competition in which lion dance troupes from around they world participate. If you have the chance, you should come watch the competition. You will be impressed!

    Here in Malaysia, we have lion dances throughout the 15 days of the CNY. Many of these performances are held at the shopping malls and at the homes who invite the dance troupes to perform to start off the new lunar year.

    As a child, I had always been fascinated by the lion dance performances. I still am.

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