With Chinese New Year just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, than in one of the world’s top Chinatowns.
British Airways has hand-picked its top four destinations that will be celebrating the Lunar New Year. From lion dances in London to festival parades in New York and dramatic lantern displays in Sydney, travellers do not need to worry about missing out on all the traditional customs. Each destination offers incredible line-up of performances and activities to usher in the Year of the Monkey.
Robert Williams, British Airways head of Asia Pacific sales, said, “Chinese New Year has become a global celebration. Many destinations within our network are hosting festivities this year, starting with London which is home to the largest Lunar New Year party outside of Asia.
“Our global network reaches over 200 destinations and with all flights from Singapore arriving into Terminal 5, our home at London Heathrow, it could not be easier to connect onwards to Europe or North America.”
The top Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia include:
1. London, United Kingdom: Enjoy the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia
London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the largest outside of Asia, sees Chinatown and the West End come alive as thousands line the streets to take in the array of musical performances, lion dances and special restaurant menus. The main London parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue will take place on Sunday 14 February, followed by dance performances and traditional music in nearby Trafalgar Square.
For those visiting London throughout February, Chiswick House and Garden will be hosting the UK’s first Chinese Lantern festival floats with over 50 giant hand-sculptured lanterns on display, including a 60-metre long dragon.
British Airways operates a twice-daily service between Singapore and London with all flights arriving at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. More details can be found at ba.com
2. New York, United States: Celebrate Chinese New Year with 600,000 firecrackers
Ring in the Year of the Monkey in the city that never sleeps. New York celebrates Chinese New Year in style with dazzling visuals and performances.
Kick-start the celebrations on 8 February at the 17th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival where 600,000 firecrackers will be lit to welcome the Year of the Monkey. In addition to the buzzing festivities, there will be lion dances, performances and food vendors at Sara D. Roosevelt Park to form a colourful parade. It is also believed that the more dumplings eaten during the celebrations, good fortune will follow for the year ahead.
Book your flights to New York with British Airways at ba.com
3. Sydney, Australia: Light up the year with Sydney’s first ever Lunar Lanterns exhibition
Look out for giant lanterns which will be placed throughout Sydney this February at the inaugural Lunar Lanterns exhibition. The lanterns will represent the twelve animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Follow the trail and keep an eye out for the Monkey placed at the Sydney Opera House, the Dragon at Dawes Point and the Pig on Pitt Street.
Other festivities include Lunar Markets, a pop-up festival with Asian food, drinks and entertainment at Pyrmont Bay Park and the largest Dragon Boat Race which will take place from 20 until 21 February at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.
British Airways operates daily flights between Singapore and Sydney. For more information, visit ba.com
4. Rome, Italy: Welcome the Year of the Monkey in the city of romance
Escape to Eternal City and experience the spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations along Via dei Fori Imperiali. Similar to traditional Chinese celebrations, expect a vibrant parade of kung fu artists, dragon dances and firecrackers that create a lively atmosphere.
In the evening, the main festivities begin at The Victor Emmanuel Monument and finish with a free firework display from the Caelian Hill.
British Airways offers a number of flights to Rome from London every day. For more information, visit ba.com
Customers from Singapore have the opportunity to travel in ultimate style and comfort, thanks to British Airways’ revolutionary Airbus A380 aircraft – the quietest plane in the sky. All flights from Singapore arrive at the airline’s home at London Heathrow Terminal 5. Customers can enjoy the stress-free onward connections to any cities in the UK and Europe from the terminal. Exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as the Best Airport Terminal for the fourth year running, it also won the Best Airport Shopping award.
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