Chinese New Year 2019 – Chinatown

Gong hei fat choy!

It’s the Year of the Pig, and with the pig symbolically linked to wealth and fortune in Chinese culture, here’s hoping it’s a good one!

If you were born in any of the following years then this is your year to enjoy: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Home to a large East Asian contingent, Chinatown just off Shaftesbury Avenue in London is a wonderful place to visit around Chinese New Year; experience the carnival-like atmosphere, the sights, smells, and sounds of restaurants hurriedly preparing for the thousands who will descend upon them over the CNY weekend. You can expect parades, Dragon dances, music, and A LOT of food.

We went down there to see how preparations were going…