Six things to do in Manchester to celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinatown, Manchester - Jan Chlebik/Marketing Manchester

Chinatown, Manchester - Jan Chlebik/Marketing Manchester - Credit: Archant

Manchester welcomes the Chinese New Year of the Horse in a full programme of diverse activities. Here’s our pick of the bunch

Grab a bite to eat

There plenty of eateries in the Chinatown area, from Dim Sum at the legendary Yang Sing to savoury buns at Ho’s Bakery.

St Anns square has been transformed by a stunning red lantern display and will be hosting a food market and pop-up bar.

Chinese food market, St Anns Square

30 January - 1 February

Get glammed up

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Every purchase in the Beauty Department at Harvey Nichols will grant you a a lucky red envelope containing an exclusive beauty offer.

There are also complimentary consultations and lucky dip treatments available.

Harvey Nichols, 21 New Cathedral Street

31 January 2014 - 02 February 2014

Take in some modern art

Local illustrator, Lydia Meiying, creates a horse-themed installation in the picture windows of the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

Lydia Meiying exhibition, CFCCA, Northern Quarter

Until 10 February

Pick up a souvenir

It’s not just paper dragons and waving cats (actually Japanese in origin) the various stands will give you a chance to pick up some traditional as well as quirky, modern trinkets.

Arts and craft fair, Chinatown institution, Princess St

2 February

Get in the festival mood

The main event of the Manchester Chinese New Year celebrations. Highlights include the Dragon Parade from the Town Hall to Princess Street, a lion dance, and a 15-minute firework display in Faulkner St.

Dragon Parade, Faulkner St, Chinatown

2 February

Catch a movie

A special screening of Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s comedy drama American Dreams in China and a talk from Dr William Schroeder, Lecturer in Chinese Studies at The University of Manchester - Exploring the Chinese Dream

Chinese film season, Cornerhouse, Manchester

4th February

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