Chinese New Year in Manchester. Photo: Chris Payne.

Chinese New Year in Manchester

Creative Tourist

Chinese New Year is always a colourful cultural highlight, bringing brightness to the dark winter days here in the UK. This is especially true for a city like Manchester, whose Chinatown buzzes all year round but becomes a hive of activity and celebration come New Year.

While the celebrations have been pared back slightly this year, there’s still plenty of action to welcome in the Year of The Tiger in Manchester City Centre. This includes photography exhibitions, film events, and the presence of a huge wooden tiger watching over St Ann’s Square. And many of the annual Chinatown celebrations will be going ahead, too, including thousands of red lanterns on the city’s trees, an illuminated dragon, traditional lion dances, Chinese acrobatics, singing, poetry reading, Kungfu and – of course – dazzling explosions of colour everywhere you look!

The celebrations also present a great opportunity to stop for a bite to eat in one of the city’s best Chinese restaurants (find our top picks of those below). Our call is to get down to Chinatown early, take a seat, order some delicious food and soak in the festivities as Manchester rings in the Lunar New Year.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Yang Sing

    Yang Sing

    Yang Sing, 34 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4JY - Visit now

    One of the most well-known Chinese restaurants in Manchester, Yang Sing has been feeding Mancunians for forty years.

  • 2. Sweet Mandarin

    Sweet Mandarin

    Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, Manchester, M4 1HS - Visit now

    Gordon Ramsay-approved Northern Quarter restaurant run by three sisters, featuring some of the city’s finest Chinese cuisine.

  • 3. Tattu

    Ian Jones

    Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    Tattu has an indoor (artificial) blossom tree and the whole concept behind this innovative Chinese restaurant is equally lavish.

  • 4. Yu Alderley Edge

    Yu Alderley Edge, London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD - Visit now

    If you fancy an out-of-the-city Chinese restaurant that combines traditional Cantonese cooking and modern ideas, head to Alderley Edge.

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