A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

新年快乐!…Chinese New Year in London

Gerrard Street, London Chinatown's main shopping street, early afternoon today...

Gerrard Street, London Chinatown’s main shopping street, early afternoon today…

Flower baskets, lamps etc. above Waxy's Little Sister, on the corner of Wardour Street and Lisle Street...

Flower baskets, lamps etc. above Waxy’s Little Sister, on the corner of Wardour Street and Lisle Street…

Kung fu and qi gong demonstration, in Lisle Street, by Lau Gar Kuen from Essex, England…

Kung fu and qi gong demonstration, in Lisle Street, by Lau Gar Kuen from Essex, England…

Odeon cinema, on the eastern side of Leicester Square, just to the south of Chinatown...

Odeon cinema, on the eastern side of Leicester Square, just to the south of Chinatown…

White dragon, at the southern end of the Charing Cross Road...

White dragon, at the southern end of the Charing Cross Road…

Steps leading down into Trafalgar Square, where Chinese New Year events were taking place all afternoon..

Steps leading down into Trafalgar Square, where Chinese New Year events were taking place all afternoon..

And here's the stage where most of those events took place...and note the Hong Kong/Cantonese heritage of London's Chinatown, with 'kung hei fat choi' instead of the Mandarin 'gong xi fa cai'...

And here’s the stage where most of those events took place…and note the Hong Kong/Cantonese heritage of London’s Chinatown, with ‘kung hei fat choi’ instead of the Mandarin ‘gong xi fa cai’…

I didn't catch this young singer's name, but she told us she was on her first visit to London, and after singing her first song in Mandarin, she said she'd prepared a song in English, which I recognised as being 'Venus', a rock song from 1969, originally recorded by a Dutch group called Shocking Blue ;).

I didn’t catch this young singer’s name, but she told us she was on her first visit to London, and after singing her first song in Mandarin, she said she’d prepared a song in English, which I recognised as being ‘Venus’, a rock song from 1969, originally recorded by a Dutch group called Shocking Blue ;).

We were also treated to some elegant and colourful dancers :)...

We were also treated to some elegant and colourful dancers :)…

Back to Gerrard Street, and the traditional Lion Dance, bestowing good fortune on the Loon Tao restaurant...

Back to Gerrard Street, and the traditional Lion Dance, bestowing good fortune on the Loon Tao restaurant…

And here he is again, further along Gerrard Street, doing the same for the Golden Dragon restaurant...

And here he is again, further along Gerrard Street, doing the same for the Golden Dragon restaurant…

And if you were wondering, it's the Year of the Snake this year :)...

And if you were wondering, it’s the Year of the Snake this year :)…

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