Top 5 alternative things to do for CHINESE NEW YEAR

Every year Chinese New Year gets bigger and bigger around the country. Attendances have grown as Chinese New Year has gained popularity with the non Chinese community.

Instead of highlighting the usual events in various China towns around Great Britain – we thought we’d bring you an alternative list of events to attend.

5. London: Magic Lantern Festival

Wednesday 3 February 2016 – Sunday 6 March 2016 | 5.00pm – 8.45pm | Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
The festival is a spectacular artistic installation of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms from animals and birds to buildings and abstract lantern designs of all shapes and sizes.

4. Liverpool: Tai Chi Demonstration

Sunday 7 February | 11:30am – 12:15pm & 2:30pm – 3:15pm | ​​(Great George Street Square, Liverpool)
Combining deep breathing with gentle movement, this traditional form of Chinese exercise is perfect for a moment of relaxation and calm among all the festivities.
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3. Newcastle: River film screenings

Thursday 11 February | 17.55 | Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG
Winner of the 57th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Youth Feature Film Award, River is a small but moving story told through the eyes of a young Tibetan girl struggling to understand the mounting troubles of her shepherd parents. Starring talented Yangchan Lhamu as the young Yangchen Lhamo, the film covers three seasons and uncovers the historical and cultural wounds behind three generations of father and child in a Tibetan family.
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2. Liverpool: – The Taste of China Sunday Street Market​

Sunday 7 February | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Great George Street, Liverpool
Now in its eighth year, the Sunday Street Market is not to be missed with a variety of stalls featuring everything thing from traditional Chinese cuisine to keepsakes of the day and gifts – there is something for all ages.
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1. Manchester: Ping Pong Cha @ Yang Sing

4, 5, 6 and 7 February | 7.00pm – Midnight (Thu, Fri, Sat) Noon – Midnight (Sunday) | Yang Sing, 34 Princess St, Manchester M1 4JY
Yang Sing hosts another set of pop-up Table Tennis events. Play Ping Pong, eat Dim Sum and enjoy a cold Tsingtao – genuine imported Chinese beer.
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