Sunday, February 05, 2012

The year of the Dragon, Chinese New Year 2012, Liverpool

Chinese immigrants established the first Chinatown in Europe in Liverpool in the 1860s. Last month we celebrated Chinese New Year with 25000 people in front of the wonderful Chinese Arch which commemorates the twinning of two cities, Liverpool and Shanghai.
The year of the Dragon was celebrated on 22nd January 2012 and people from all over the city came to enjoy the fun.

I haven't been before and although it was very cold, my friend Stan and I wrapped up warmly to watch the dragons dancing along Berry Street and these splendid examples, carried by young people,  being tamed in front of the Black-E in the shadow of the great arch.
It was great to see so many people out enjoying the spectacle and to watch the proud faces of the Chinese Business Community representatives standing outside some of the restaurants on Nelson Street, nodding to their friends as they walked by.

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