Chinese New Year in Liverpool – Your Essential Guide

James Bibby
Published in Blog

As the city prepares for it’s largest ever Chinese New Year, we’ve prepared all the Essential Information you need to be ready for the massive weekend event.

Liverpool – home to the largest Chinese community in Europe – is preparing for the weekend of Chinese New Year celebrations from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February.

The three-day event will feature a continuation of last years story of the ancient and mythical Jingwei bird. 

Chinese New Year
Liverpool was gifted the worlds largest arch outside of China


What is Chinese New Year? 

Unlike our New Year celebrations, Chinese New Year is a moveable event, taking place on a different date each year. The date is decided by the lunar calendar – just like Easter and pancake Tuesday.

It can fall either anytime between January 21 and February 20.

The New Year festival is centuries old and features several myths and customs.

On February 16, 2018, the dog will take over the rooster.

If you’re born in a Dog year (1994, 1982, 1970, 1958), you’re a Dog, and the following are deemed lucky for you:
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colours: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids


What to Expect in Liverpool?

A three-day celebration will take place across Liverpool’s Chinatown; an area of Liverpool adorned by an iconic Chinese Arch, that was gifted to the city in 2010 by twin city, Shanghai; The largest outside of China itself.

A 12-minute show will run on a loop for one hour during Friday and Saturday night from 7.30pm – 8.30pm and between 6.30pm – 7.00pm on Sunday, followed by a pyrotechnic finale.

Lighting up the Chinese Arch, the Black-E and The Arch, there will be projections, music and lighting, that together will tell the story of Liverpool’s incredible Chinese history and culture.

Starting from the very beginning, when many Chinese sailors came to Liverpool as part of a new shipping line company, the displays will take spectators on a journey through to present day and beyond to the ambitious future of Liverpool’s Chinese cultural ties.

Chinese New Year 2018 is part of Chapter One of China Dream, a nine-month city-wide exploration of contemporary Chinese arts & culture from February to October.


Chinese New Year
Liverpool prepares for the massive weekend event.



Other Events This Year

China Dream is a celebration of the next great cultural powerhouse and the relationship between China and the UK and Liverpool and Shanghai. This creative season will use the backdrop of the most iconic cultural artefacts to present the best contemporary and emerging Chinese art, culture and music. 

February’s launch also coincides with the opening of the must-see Terracotta Warriors exhibition at World Museum Liverpool, which is destined to attract visitors from both home and abroad to enjoy the rare experience of seeing the famous ancient artefacts on UK soil.


How do you say Happy New Year in Chinese?

Kung Hei Fat Choi (gōng xǐ fā cái) is a traditional Chinese New Year greeting meaning ‘Congratulations and best wishes for a prosperous New Year! Happy New Year.’

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