Whether it’s a family tradition or you just want an excuse to continue the festivities and learn about another culture, Chinese New Year is an exciting event and one that Liverpool knows how to host.

10 years on from the Year of the Rat in 2008, the city of Liverpool will celebrate the year of the Dog with a kaleidoscope of culture, art, sights and sounds.

While many people worry about the prices of trains or the stress of driving, taking the coach can be a quick and cost-effective way of making it to the city celebrations. With enough space for you and all your friends, you can enjoy the journey without any of the tension caused by finding your own way there.

A three-day celebration will take place across Liverpool’s Chinatown; an area of Liverpool adorned by an iconic Chinese Arch, that was gifted to the city in 2010 by twin city, Shanghai; The largest outside of China itself.

Lighting up the Chinese Arch, the Black-E and The Arch, there will be projections, music and lighting, that together will tell the story of Liverpool’s incredible Chinese history and culture.

Starting from the very beginning, when many Chinese sailors came to Liverpool as part of a new shipping line company, the displays will take spectators on a journey through to present day and beyond to the ambitious future of Liverpool’s Chinese cultural ties.

Chinese New Year will be part of the ‘China Dream’ season, that sees Liverpool embrace contemporary Chinese arts and culture from February 2018 to October 2018.

China Dream will inspire visitors with a programme including the wonder of the Terracotta Army at the World Museum the Moon Festival and Shanghai Film Festival.

More information will be announced soon but follow the conversation with the hash tags #ChinaDream#CNY and #Liverpool2018 on social media.

Photograph credit: Arthur John Picton on Flickr.