Traditional Chinese new year is changing – and the UK needs to catch up | Yuan Ren

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With a rise in Chinese people travelling abroad in the festive season, shopping is proving more popular than lion dances

Chinese new year begins today and this weekend London, like cities across the west, will be hosting a series of colourful events in and around Chinatown, a veritable carnival of “lively parades, martial arts displays and immersive family experiences” to welcome the year of the dog.

But while Londoners enjoy immersing themselves in lion dances or playing dress-up in traditional Han costumes, Chinese tourists hitting the capital are indulging in a different kind of new year tradition: shopping on Oxford Street.

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