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Manchester Gears Up to Greet Year of Monkey

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A Chinese lion dance at the airport to mark Hainan Airlines and Manchester Airport's sponsorship of this year's festival

Manchester and its unique China Town are gearing up to welcome in the Year of the Monkey….reports Asian Lite News

A Chinese lion dance  at the airport to mark Hainan Airlines and Manchester Airport's sponsorship of this year's festival
A Chinese lion dance
at the airport to mark Hainan Airlines and Manchester Airport’s sponsorship of this year’s festival

Manchester, the Cotton Capital of the erstwhile British Empire, is preparing to welcome the Chinese New Year on February 8. The long weekend before (February 4-7) will be dotted with several activities for family fun.

A spectacular dragon parade through the city’s streets and other arts and creative activities will be the highlight.

“This year’s Chinese New Year programme is the most diverse and innovative line-up the city has seen to date,” said Jane Sharrocks, Chair of the Heart of Manchester BID (Business Improvement District). “By working collaboratively with a host of organisations and cultural venues we’re looking forward to a fantastic range of events. Manchester’s four day spectacular will make it one of the best places in Europe to welcome in the Year of the Monkey.”