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Chinese New Year 2020

Chinese New Year 2020


This January, we’re welcoming the Year of the Rat in Newcastle with a city-wide celebration that’s bursting with colour and cool Chinese culture!



From dramatic dragon dances, to vibrant street parades and the tastiest dishes in and around the city centre, take a look at our in-depth Chinese New Year guide and make 2020 one to remember... We’re descending on the city centre once again to help kick-off a fresh batch of dazzling Chinese New Year celebrations. On Sunday 26 January, all eyes will be on the main city centre attractions as the Year of the Rat transforms the Toon into a sea of colour and culture.


We’re so excited to get the festivities underway with the much-loved Chinese New Year Parade! The stunning display will twist its way through the hustle and bustle of the city centre, meandering from Old Eldon Square, snaking under the Chinese Arch and floating along Stowell Street, before finishing up on Bath Lane, where the fun will continue.



Stowell Street will once again be at the heart of this cultural celebration in NE1 - the perfect spot for spectators to gather and soak up the atmosphere as the day goes on. Visitors can expect dazzling dragon dancing, flag-waving, eye-catching floats, marvellous musicians and a sparkling parade as the streets come alive to celebrate the Year of the Rat. 


The local Chinese community is responsible for one of most bustling and best-loved parts of town and what better way to enjoy this incredible area than immersing yourself during Chinese New Year! We’re celebrating this special spot in our city by guiding you through some of the best bits along the parade route...




Old Eldon Square



Renowned across the Toon for its vibrancy and dazzling display, the traditional dragon and lion dance parade will kick off the festivities at Old Eldon Square before meandering down Gallowgate to the famous Chinese Arch. Be sure to look out for a sea of breathtaking shapes, signs and floats!


Chinese Arch, Stowell Street

Settle in for a rousing round of speeches from key figures from both Newcastle’s Chinese community and Newcastle City Council! The North East Chinese Association will also be showcasing an incredible exhibition of arts, crafts and cuisines too!


Bath Lane



Rally the troops and continue the festivities over at Bath Lane. Festival fanatics can visit a bustling Chinese market that’s brimming with loads of traditional arts and crafts, while little ones can let loose at an exhilarating fairground and funfair. Bath Lane is definitely the place to be come Sunday!


Across the city


To celebrate the Year of the Rat, we're shining a light on the restaurants, businesses and communities that help make Newcastle such a wonderful and diverse place to be. Happy new year everyone! 


La Yuan

Gallowgate, NE1 4SG

Stroll through the Chinese Arch and make your way over to La Yuan on Gallowgate for an indulgent feast featuring all your favourites. Inspired by the real flavours of Sichuan in southwestern China, La Yuan is one of the Toon’s best-loved foodie spots and the ideal place to kick off a celebration! 



Umai Mi 

Grey's Quarter, NE1 7AP



Check out this gorgeous eatery near the Chinese New Year Parade starting point at Grey's Quarter. Umai Mi is a unique restaurant that fuses together traditional and modern cooking styles to deliver a knock-out Pan-Asian punch. From salmon sakura rolls, to sizzling hotplates, Umai Mi have all your culinary needs covered!



TusPark Newcastle Eagle Labs

Grainger Street

TusPark Newcastle supports North East businesses entering the Chinese market by providing support such as intellectual property registration, legal advice and banking facilities.


HiYoU Supermarket 

Newgate Street, NE1 5RQ



Wander the marvellous aisles of this oriental food emporium! Situated on Newgate Street, HiYou Supermarket is a Toon icon when it comes to foods, spices and other cool products from in and around Asia.




Stowell Street

This firm favourite is the place to be for fine-dining food in a stylish and sophisticated setting. Perfect for a swanky family dinner or Chinese New Year celebrations with your gang. 



Palace Garden

Stowell Street



Check in at this traditional Chinese restaurant where you can enjoy the most authentic nibbles! We love the shredded duck wrap with bean curd sauce. 



Wing Hong

Stowell Street 

Inspired by Chinese culture andwanttotryabitof everything? Why not pick
up a variety of just-cooked culinary delights from this amazing oriental food market on Stowell Street.


King Neptune

Stowell Street



Dive head-first into a sea of award-winning banquet food at King Neptune! With so many different flavours on offer, it guarantees to delight even the fussiest of foodies.