Event: Chinese New Year



Event:  Chinese New Year

When: Sunday 10 Feb 11am – 5pm

Where: Stowell Street (and surrounding area) Newcastle City Center

Website: http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/chinese-new-year

Price: Free

Okay so it’s not Japanese, but it’s probably the biggest Asian celebration in Newcastle so we would be silly not to promote it! 2013 is the Year of the Snake and to celebrate there will be a parade and a host of events in Chinatown.

The events are as follows;

Chinatown Map

  1. Parade, Chinese Arch, Stowell Street, From 12.30pm approx –Traditional dragon, lion and unicorn dances.
  2. Chinese Exhibitions, North East Chinese Association, Stowell Street, 12.30pm – 4pm – The North East Chinese Association presents an exhibition of Chinese costume, food, arts and crafts.
  3. Chinese Market & Fairground, Bath Lane & Thornton Square – 11am – 5pm – Funfair and stalls featuring traditional arts and crafts and Chinese food.
  4. Various Events At The Bath Lane Stage – Bath Lane11.30am: Speeches – Speeches from key representatives of the Chinese Community and Newcastle City Council from 11.30am.
    1. b.      12noon: Eye Dotting CeremonyA unique opportunity to witness the auspicious Eye Dotting Ceremony of the new Chinese Dragon as he is awoken from his slumber to the sound of firecrackers.
    2. c.       12.30pm – 5pm: Performances An exciting spectacle of performances and demonstrations, with the lion dance arriving to distribute Lucky Money at 4pm approx.
  5. Chinese Activities, The Chinese Centre, Westgate Road,11am – 5pm – Chinese zodiac, calligraphy, foods, card and calendar making, fortune telling, lucky draw and games.
  6. Children’s Marquee, Thornton Square, 11am – 5pm –Traditional Chinese arts and crafts and fun for all the family.
  7. Chinese Activities and Games, Dance City, Temple Street, 11am – 5pm – The Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Newcastle University invite you to understand the real Chinese culture; come along and take part in Chinese activities and games old and new.

You can download the brochure with all the information in here.

A Quick Guide To Toon’s Asian Supermarkets

A Quick Guide To Toon’s Asian Supermarkets

Newcastle is blessed with a fantastic “Chinatown”, and given Newcastle’s size there is an incredible wealth of Asian places to eat, drink and shop. Considering that including Toon’s there are only 5 Chinatown’s in England, it’s definitely something that should be explored as we are very lucky to have it. In the coming weeks we will be looking at all the different aspects of Newcastle’s Chinatown, but to start with, Geordie Japan presents a quick guide to the Asian supermarkets in Newcastle. Look for in depth profiles of each in the coming weeks.

First things first, where is Chinatown in Newcastle?  Chinatown centres on Stowell Street, the north end of the street faces towards St. James Park (Sports Direct Arena) marked by a beautiful Chinese arch and the south end comes out just next to ‘The Gate’. Officially the Chinatown area covers from Stowell Street to Westgate Road, although in this wider description not every business is Asian.

Name: Hiyou

Location: Newgate Street (Directions)

Size: Huge

Focus:  Chinese with Japanese, Korean, Thai and Fillipino.

Name: 7 Days

Location: St. Andrews Street (Directions)

Size:  Small

Focus:  Japanese with Korean

Name: Wing Hong Chinese Supermarket

Location: Stowell Street (Directions)

Size: Large

Focus:  Chinese with Japanese, Thai, Korean.

Name: Sunshine

Location: Taylors and Tanners Court (Directions)

Size: Medium

Focus:  Korean with Chinese

Name: Bangkok Minimart

Location: Low Friar Street (Directions)

Size: Small

Focus:  Thai

Name: Tsang Foods

Location: Fenkle Street (Directions)

Size: Medium

Focus:  Chinese

Look for in-depth looks at all supermarkets in the coming weeks as well as profiles and guides to the restaurants, cafes and other shops of Newcastle’s Chinatown.

Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below.