Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.
There’s no ignoring the Chinese New Year if you happen to be around Piccadilly Gardens come January or February; an explosion of colour, sounds and yummy smells sweep along this labyrinth of narrow streets.
This is where the party is and St Anne’s Square is transformed into a bit of Beijing with a lantern-strewn market selling food from the city’s top restaurants. Yang Sing dumplings anyone? Here you also can wash it all down with a beer from the pop-up Tiger Bar or work it off with some retail therapy at the Chinese Craft Stall.
No prizes for guessing the festival’s crowning glory though: the Dragon Parade sees a 175-foot paper dragon, accompanied by a troupe of dancers and drummers. Now that’s how to usher in the New Year.