Chinese or Lunar New Year in Asia is equivalent to the Christmas festivities back in the UK, weeks of preparation buying decorations, food and presents for loved ones, culminating in a family meal on the first day of the new year (this year Sunday 10th Feb).  Everything shuts down over the long weekend (apart from expat bars!) and most native Chinese head back to China for the weeks celebrations.

The pics below are of exploring Chinatown the day before the new year celebrations, the busiest day for buying last minute items, followed by the new year count down on Eu Tong Sen St.

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