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Madame Tussauds to mark Chinese New Year

Madame Tussauds to mark Chinese New Year
28 Jan 2014

Those staying in London hotels this weekend have a chance to welcome in the Year of the Horse at Madame Tussauds.

To mark the occasion, the famous waxwork museum is to take delivery of likenesses of two of Asia's most recognisable faces - Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee - who are being flown over from Hong Kong and Shanghai.

They will form the focal point for a day of special celebration being held on 1 February, featuring performances of the traditional Lion Dance, and accompanied by customary decorations, music and 'lucky' red lighting. Visitors will also be presented with a fortune cookie predicting what lies ahead for them in the coming 12 months. 

Fans of the martial artists who can't make it to London this weekend need not fear as the duo will remain at Madame Tussauds until mid-April 2014.

The capital is undoubtedly one of the best places outside Asia in which to celebrate Chinese New Year, with the city's thriving Chinese population ready to party in style. 

Some of the top Chinese New Year events in the city include the huge parade that takes place each year in central London. 

Although the big date itself falls on 31 January in 2014, the 2 February will see an explosion of colour as a large procession makes its way from Duncannon Street along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. An official opening ceremony will then take place in Trafalgar Square, with speeches from special guests. The opening will then signal the start of dragon dancing, music and performances under Nelson's Column. 

Chinatown itself, located just off Leicester Square, will also be buzzing during this time with plenty of lively street performances entertaining the crowds, which number 500,000 in central London. The many restaurants there will likely be full to bursting, so see if you can book a table for lunch or dinner in advance. 

The horse is one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and will next appear in 2026. ADNFCR-408-ID-801687126-ADNFCR

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