Gong Hey Fat Choi! Or, if you don't speak Mandarin, happy Chinese New Year! This Saturday February 21 sees the beginning of the Year of the Sheep, and despite Bristol not having the biggest Chinese community in the UK, there's still plenty of fun to be had in our city. Here are three events we recommend you check out this weekend...
Wai Yee Hong, Eastgate Oriental City, Saturday Feb 21, free
Starting at 11.30 on Saturday, this annual celebration takes place at the enormous Wai Yee Hong restaurant and supermarket complex between St Werburghs and IKEA. You can't get much more authentic than this in Bristol, with plenty of food and craft stalls, face painting, kung-fu displays, firecrackers and the Yi Quin dance crew performing a proper kung-fu lion dance.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 Feb, £2.50
For those on the other side of town, Bristol Museum has a busy program of events and activities lined up this weekend, including martial arts, music and lion dancing, as well as guided tours of the museum's Chinese collection and Ahead Of The Curve exhibition.
Ching He Huang at Harvey Nichols, Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar, until Thursday 26 Feb
To celebrate the New Year with style, head to Harvey Nichols stunning Second Floor Bar, where internationally renowned chef Ching He Huang is in the middle of a ten-day residency, curating an exclusive 'YinYang' menu consisting of six dishes and three appetisers.