Monday 16th February 2015 by BASE Serviced Apartments
We are the less than a week away from one of Liverpool’s biggest celebrations, Chinese New Year’s which is in Thursday 19th of February!
“Did you know that Liverpool hosts one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe?”
In 2015 we couldn’t expect less and Liverpool will be alive with colour and celebrations to welcome the Chinese Year of the Goat. No less than 25.000 people are expected to gather around Great George Square to see the fireworks and celebrate the New Year.
The official day of the celebration will be Sunday 22nd of February though; On-street performances, the annual line dancing and more cool things will be waiting for you in the streets of Liverpool. Keep reading if you would like to know everything about this great celebration!
The celebration will officially start at 11am of Sunday 22nd, once the Chinese markets open at Great George Street, the annual line dancing festival will begin and the Dragon and Lion will arrive on Berry Street just outside St Luke’s Church.
Great George Square
11:00 – 11:30 | Pagoda Arts – Flower Drums & Fan Tai Chi
11:35 – 12:15 | Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association)
12:20 – 12:35 | Wah Sing – Traditional Chinese Dance & Song
12:35 – 13:00 | Pagoda Arts – Dance, Tai Chi, Happy Dance!
13:00 – 14:00 | Firecracker Display – Lucky Man, Dragon and Unicorn
14:00 – 14:15 | Gung Har Kung Fu School – Martial Arts Demonstration
14:35 – 15:15 | Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association)
15:35 – 16:00 | 24 Festival Drums
16:00 | CLOSE
Black-e/Rope Walks Square/Bold St
11:00 – 13:00 | Movema Chinese Dance Flash Mobs
14:30 – 15:15 | Pagoda Arts Guzheng Ensemble performance (Upstairs Bar)
St Luke’s Church
10:30 – 17:00 |Drumming, Chinese horoscopes?, and craft tables plus the “Bombed Out Bistro” open for tea & coffee etc.
10:30 | Lantern Parade with Lantern Co, Pagoda Drummers and Movema leave St Lukes and process to Great George Square
Where to eat
Once the party and all the celebrations are over you’ll probably be starving! So what a better way to continue the Chinese New Year than enjoying their wonderful food? (At least I love it myself!)
Big Bowl Noodle Bar, Berry Street
You’ll be able to find it in the same street as the Chinese Arch and it’s the perfect place to charge your batteries and keep celebrating.
I haven’t tried it myself but people say is the closest you can get to a Hong-Kong style café without the hassle of getting on a plane.
Go ahead and try some of their ramen noodles bowls!
North Garden, Nelson Street
It’s a really famous place among the Chinese community so it must be good right? The downside is that you might have to fight the locals in order to get a table in such a special day.
It’s a family-run business with a great customer base that come back every time they have a chance.
Salt and pepper menu is quite popular among the regular customers, so if you like seafood try the salt and pepper squid and if not just stick with the salt and pepper chicken.
Chy Liverpool, Renshaw Street
You may know already Chy on Lark Lane, if not let me tell you that this is its sister restaurant in the city centre.
Located at a walkable distance from Chinatown, you should go there and give the crispy shredded beef a go!
Mr Chilli, Seel Street
Located in Liverpool’s city centre, this restaurant offers a tremendous amount of choice that it even has 2 menus!
One of them is Chinese typical cuisine and the other has dishes that are not likely to find anywhere else
Curious? Head towards Seel Street and ask for a Gong Bao Chicken!
Hard Wok Café, Hardman Street
The name may put you off as it’s not a Chinese typical but the food is really authentic though.
In case you are feeling adventurous have a go with the chicken hearts.
Now tell us about you! Will you attend this event? Have you tried any of the restaurants we have recommended?
*Information of this post belongs to Liverpool Echo News.
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