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10 February 2013

Rather English - Celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester

There has been a significant Chinese population in Manchester since the 1950s and 1960s, when what had been a small population dating back to the beginning of the 20th century saw a sudden expansion, particularly of refugees who had arrived in the city from mainland China via Hong Kong. Significantly, the first Chinese restaurant in the area, Ping Hong, had opened in 1948 at the beginning of this period.

Today, the Chinatown area in Manchester - an area bordered by Mosley Street, Portland Street, Princess Street and Charlotte Street - be the setting for celebrations to mark the arrival of the Chinese New Year, with up to 50,000 expected for special events featuring Chinese lanterns, and dancing dragons and lions in the streets, as well as exhibitions, markets and food stalls.

For more, see http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/thousands-to-gather-to-celebrate-chinese-new-1299838

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