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16/02/07
Chinatown Ready to Welcome Year of the Pig
- Biggest crowds outside China expected for annual festival

Chinatown Ready to Welcome Year of the Pig  TWO-HUNDRED thousand humans and quite a few pigs are bound for Chinatown this Sunday, to see in the Chinese New Year.

Last year's festivities were, at the 200k mark, the best attended outside the Celestial Kingdom itself and this year's could be even bigger.

So it's good-bye to the Dog and hello to the Pig, which, in Chinese mythology signifies honesty and patience, among a myriad of other attributes. The Year of the Pig is also held to be a good one for bringing children into the world.

Bringing young children to Chinatown for the New Year celebrations can be a bit of a trauma, what with the crowds and the sudden appearances of dragons and their ilk. People laden with offspring would probably do best to base themselves at Trafalgar Square, where space is at less of a premium than Leicester Square or Gerrard Street and its tributaries.

The main parade starts at the Strand at 11am, arrives at Trafalgar Square at 12 and continues until 5pm. There’s loads more stuff to do, see and eat, much of it detailed here



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