Dances with dragons in Chinese celebration

ORIENTAL ATTRACTION Crowds gather to watch the Chinese dancers at Gunwharf Quays.   Picture: Malcolm Wells (110541-1605)
ORIENTAL ATTRACTION Crowds gather to watch the Chinese dancers at Gunwharf Quays. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110541-1605)
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CELEBRATIONS for Chinese New Year drew huge crowds to a Portsmouth shopping centre.

Traditional lion dancers and drummers from the South Wing Chun Association led a procession through Gunwharf Quays to kick off the city’s second weekend of festivities for the Year of the Rabbit.

Hundreds of people braved the rain to watch a final lion display and painting ceremony in the central square, and throughout the day the shopping centre teamed up with the Portsmouth Chinese Association and Express FM to demonstrate martial arts, tai chi, and Chinese dancing and singing. Matthew Daniels, of Fawcett Road, in Southsea, took his five-year-old son James to see the colourful events.

‘He was a bit scared by the loud noises,’ he said.

‘And he loves the lions, he’s been learning all about Chinese New Year at school.’

Centre events manager John Sackett said: ‘This is the seventh year we’ve done it, and its wonderful to see so many people come along.’