Happy Chinese New Year!
Celebrations have begun all around the world and now its Newcastle’s turn. 2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey, the 9th animal in the 12 year cycle. If you are born in the Year of the Monkey you are characterized as sociable, innovative, enthusiastic and self-assured (check your Chinese zodiac sign here.)
While the official date for the Chinese New Year is the 8th, the real fun won’t kick off till Sunday the 14th of February. Stowell Street, home to Newcastle’s Chinatown, will hold oriental food markets and the dragon, lion and unicorn dances, while on Thornton Square you will be able to find children’s marquee and fairground, as well as a stage on Bath Lane showcasing traditional Chinese performances. The activities start at 11am, so you have all day to enjoy the festivities until the 4pm close.
Our favourite part of the Chinese New Year has to be the food, that’s why we’ve found the best places in Newcastle to indulge at:
Voted as Britain’s favourite regional Chinese restaurant, their traditional recipes from mainland China are favored all over the North East you can even experience a taste of Hei Hei with their happy hour menu which starts from £6.95. View menu here.
Ranked in the top 3 of Chinese restaurants in Newcastle, Orchid offers premier contemporary take on Chinese cuisine. With raving reviews on Trip Advisor this is one restaurant you want to try. View menu here.
One of Newcastle’s finest Asian Fusion restaurant. Fat Buddha serves Chinese food with a modern twist, along with all other Asian cuisines that you could think of and to top it off, their cocktail menu means it’s definitely a place you want to kick off a night out at with friends. View menu here.
A delicious Chinese experience right in the heart of Newcastle’s Chinatown. Traditional classics done well with reasonable prices, if you’re wanting a true Chinese culinary experience King Neptune should be on your list.
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