Liverpool

Liverpool celebrates Chinese New Year

Giant dragon
Image caption A lion, dragon and unicorn parade weaved its way through Chinatown

Thousands of people have descended on Liverpool city centre to celebrate Chinese New Year.

A lion, dragon and unicorn parade weaved its way through Nelson Street and Berry Street to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit.

Chinatown also hosted a firecracker display and a Taste of China street market.

Liverpool is home to one of Europe's oldest Chinese populations and the largest Chinese arch in Europe.

Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture and tourism, said: "The Chinese community is a big part of Liverpool's history and culture and the new year celebrations are always a great way for us all to join together and celebrate.

"Liverpool has always had extremely strong links with China, Shanghai in particular, and this relationship was strengthened even further through the city's presence at Shanghai World Expo 2010.

"I speak on behalf of the city in wishing the Chinese community a very happy and healthy new year - Year of the Rabbit."

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