New Year celebrations usher in a momentous anniversary

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Chinese Parade
The annual New Year parade was the main attraction over the three days of celebrations

Liverpool has one of the largest Chinese communities in Europe and the city always marks Chinese New Year in style. With 2019 marking the 20th anniversary of Liverpool’s twinning with Shanghai, the celebrations were bigger than ever.


With three days of parades and street performances, thousands of visitors came together in the city to celebrate Chinese culture and the Year of the Pig.


This year there was a focus on the Chinese arch, which was gifted to the city by Shanghai twenty years ago as a symbol of the twinning relationship, and visitors were treated to a spectacular pyrotechnic and projection light show.


12 huge animal murals depicting the Chinese zodiac, designed by local artist Cherie Grist, appeared on walls and in shop windows around the city and streets and buildings were adorned with thousands of Chinese lanterns.

Chinese New Year lunch 

A group of our Hong Kong scholars joined members of the Development and Alumni Relations team, in the Victoria Gallery and Musuem for a special Chinese lunch to mark the final day of New Year festivities.


Alumni New Year messages

Highlights of Chinese New Year in Liverpool


Upcoming events

Don't miss out on attending one of our free alumni events in Shanghai and Beijing this April.

Pudong bankGrand event celebrating 20th anniversary of Shanghai-Liverpool twinning

Wednesday 17 April, Shanghai

A very special event in the beautiful surroundings of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai.

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William Lindesay OBEWalking the Wall, a special alumni lecture with William Lindesay OBE

Friday 19 April, Shanghai and Tuesday 23 April, Beijing

Respected and revered University of Liverpool alumnus, William Lindesay OBE, will deliver a special lecture on his life’s work of exploring, researching and protecting the Great Wall of China.

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