Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year 2018! Expect celebrations across London as people welcome the Year of the Dog, including a colourful parade in Chinatown, performances in Trafalgar Square, and a packed programme of events at China Exchange to get those tails wagging!
Thursday 15 February – Friday 23 February
Our Chinese New Year (CNY) Instagram competition returns in 2018 to welcome the Year of the Dog. To enter, post your CNY photos on Instagram using the hashtag #snapCNY18 from 15-23 February. Photos must be posted by 23:59 on 23 February to be considered. Submissions will be reviewed and a selection of winning shots that convey CNY in London will be selected for a March Popup exhibition at China Exchange.
12:00 – 16:00 | Sunday 18 February
During parade day, China Exchange will host a Spring festival postcard-making workshop open to all. Take a seat at the table, hear more about the traditions and symbolism of Chinese New Year and let your creativity run wild. Once complete, post your card in our special New Year’s post box and enjoy the reaction from the card’s lucky recipient.
18:30 – 20:00 | Tuesday 20 February 2018
Did you know that Chinese baijiu is the world’s most consumed spirit? Come join us for a baijiu masterclass to taste the differences in baijiu aromas while hearing about the methods and history of its production and the social context in which it’s enjoyed. Tickets price includes shots of baijiu and a specially prepared baijiu cocktail.
18:30 – 19:30 | Wednesday 21 February 2018
Feeling ruff? Come and meet our friendly pups and welcome the Chinese Year of the Dog. An expert speaker will guide you through the world of therapeutic pets, explaining how pets help enhance the lives of people in need – bringing them joy and comfort.
12:00 – 18:00 | Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February 2018
Join us at tea market to celebrate all things tea, from tea pots and tea leaves, to books and decorative items. Come and find your favourite cuppa!
14:00 – 15:00 | Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February 2018
Gong Fu Cha, otherwise known as a type of Chinese tea ceremony, is a time-honoured approach to tea preparation that produces the ultimate tea drinking experience. Tea masters from the Chinese Tea Company will explain how this living tradition is still practised in China today, and teach you some ancient techniques to create a little bit of tea magic at home!
16:00 – 17:00 Friday 23 | 15:00 – 16:00 Saturday 24 | 16:00 – 17:00 Sunday 25 February
The unique properties of jujube fruit have been known in East Asia for generations, but only now is this mysterious fruit starting to be recognised internationally as the new ‘super’ food. Helen Wang, founder of Abakus Foods, will share her story of why she was inspired to bring jujube to the UK, explain the history of the fruit, and how you can reap the benefits yourself. You’ll be able to sample free tastings of different jujube snacks and some delicious jujube tea.
12:15 – 14:15 | Saturday 24 February 2018
Come and make your perfect brew with our herbal tea blending workshop at China Exchange. Guided by herb experts from Hackney Herbal, you’ll discover how herbs are prepared for infusions, the special properties of different herbs, and learn to blend your own herbal tea bags to take away.
15:30 – 16:30 | Saturday 24 February 2018
Join us for a light-hearted, but none-the-less competitive, debate between Team GB represented by Fortnum and Mason and Team China represented by China Tang at the Dorchester to determine which nation is the king of tea time. Both teams will battle it out to persuade you, the audience, to vote for them.
16:45 – 17:15 | Saturday 24 February 2018
Come and learn from Sophia Nadur, Co-Founder of TG Green teas, why green tea, osmanthus, ginseng, ginger, lemon and other familiar (and not so familiar) fruit, roots and herbs that originate in China have been used since ancient times to keep people healthy and how we can do the same today.
13:30 – 15:30 | Sunday 25 February 2018
Transform into a historical beauty or Prince Charming in authentic reproductions of han fu 汉服. Our dressers will also style your hair and apply light make-up to complete the picture. Experience traditional Han Chinese dress, known as han fu 汉服, and have a full make-over.
17:15 – 18:00 | Sunday 25 February 2018
See the acclaimed Xiaoshuijing Farmer’s Choir at China Exchange as part of their first ever international tour. The choir, which is 50 members strong, will perform pieces from Handel’s Messiah and traditional Yunnan folk songs, in an uplifting performance to ring in Chinese New Year.