Large crowds in Liverpool’s Chinatown today for Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon.
Dragons, lions, flags and, of course, firecrackers!
And a fortune cookie to bring good luck.
Regular visitors to my blog may remember a photo I posted of a detail of the decorative arch in Liverpool’s Chinatown, made by craftsmen in it’s twin city of Shanghai. Ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations, here’s the arch again, gleaming in the bright sunlight of a bitterly cold January day.
There was a Tai Chi demonstration in Nelson Street but the New Year celebrations are due to start tomorrow.
Finally, here’s a close up shot of some of the detail on the arch.
Shanghai, New York and Cologne. What have these three great cities got in common?
They’re all twinned with Liverpool.
As befits this great port city, it’s reaching out to two other dynamic and cosmopolitan port cities – New York and Shanghai.
And in the case of Cologne in Germany, a city which like Liverpool, suffered much aerial bombardment during World War II.
So here to brighten things up a little is a picture of some of the detail on the largest Chinese archway in the western world . It’s nearly 14 metres high and stands at the entrance to Nelson Street in the heart of Liverpool’s Chinatown and was built by craftsmen in Shanghai.