The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

Walk amongst The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors; a collection of 40 lantern warriors inspired by the famous ‘terracotta army’ accidently uncovered in 1974 in the tomb of China’s First Emperor. Artist Xia Nan’s acclaimed international exhibition was commissioned for the Beijing Olympics and has subsequently appeared in some of the world’s most iconic locations including Sydney Opera House (pictured) and Prague’s Hradcany Castle.
Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 January, Exchange Square

Giant Chinese Golden Dragon

A glittering giant Golden Dragon is set to take river-side residence in Greengate Square over the course of the weekend. Recognised as symbols of wealth, wisdom and compassion in Chinese culture, visitors are invited to share a pic of their encounter with the Golden Dragon using the hashtag #chinesenewyearMCR.
Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 January, Greengate Square

The Dragon Parade

Follow the Chinese New Year Parade led by a spectacular 175-foot dragon from Albert Square to Chinatown, where you’ll find traditional lion dances, street food, two stages for Chinese dancing, music and acrobatics, a funfair and fantastic fireworks finale.
Sunday 29 January, Albert Square and Chinatown

Chinese New Year Street Food Market

A red, richly draped marquee in St Ann’s Square will host some of the city’s best Chinese food and drink purveyors including Yang Sang, Dim Sum Su, Rice Bowl, Mei Mei’s Street Cart and Tampopo. Each will be serving up a mouthwatering collection of traditional festive dumplings, steamed buns, Chinese street food dishes and dim sum favourites.
Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 January, St Ann’s Square

Live music and Lion Dancing

The soundtrack to this year’s celebrations will be provided by local Chinese musicians including Henry Fung, showcasing traditional and contemporary instruments with Saturday’s entertainment programmed and curated by Manchester’s Confucius Institute who will present A Musical Journey Through China. Throughout the weekend you can catch traditional Lion Dancing on Market Street.
Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 January, 12noon, St Ann’s Square and Market Street