Chinese New Year In Pictures

By Hazel Last edited 111 months ago
Chinese New Year In Pictures
The Hong Kong TV station mascot stays warm in London
The Hong Kong TV station mascot stays warm in London
The Hong Kong Tourist Board bus handing out bookmarks
The Hong Kong Tourist Board bus handing out bookmarks
Staff at See Woo supermarket take part in festivities from the upper floors
Staff at See Woo supermarket take part in festivities from the upper floors
Live music in frosty Trafalgar Square
Live music in frosty Trafalgar Square
Noodles in the cold
Noodles in the cold
Going for £13 - but with great paddling paws that would have been worth it
Going for £13 - but with great paddling paws that would have been worth it
Bringing some celebratory colour to Trafalgar Square
Bringing some celebratory colour to Trafalgar Square

Even though it was Chinese New Year proper last Monday, festivities happened all over again on the scale we have become accustomed to yesterday. It was bitterly cold with intermittent snow but even the drifts of white powdery ice crystals couldn't dim the gleeful strings of lanterns or the bangs as children and adults alike hurled handfuls of paper bangers on the ground.

There were foodstalls, performances, lion dances, lanterns and apple-cheeked revellers all over Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Gerard Street and a closed to traffic Shaftesbury Avenue, new for 2009. It was more spread out and perhaps because of the cold, less hectic and crowded than previous years - though Gerard Street was carefully policed to ensure the crowd went in one end and out the other to avoid unfortunate crushing. Queues went out of the door at most of the restaurants and hardier types strolled around chowing on takeaway boxes of noodles and rice, children chased each other around with paper dragons and adults dangled tasselled lanterns over their shoulders as the crowds circulated in upbeat swirls. Happy year of the Ox to London!

Last Updated 02 February 2009