Happy Chinese New Year

The Lord Provost gives his greetings from Edinburgh and good wishes for the year ahead.

As we enter the Year of the Dog, I would like to wish everyone in the Chinese community in Edinburgh and beyond a very happy new year.

All over the world, colourful celebrations featuring lanterns and fireworks will mark the coming of the Spring Festival on 16 February.

I am delighted that here in Edinburgh, we too will be marking the occasion with a special concert at our Usher Hall following an extraordinary three-month display of giant Chinese lanterns in the grounds of our Zoo. 

Zoo temple jadu

 

Edinburgh Zoo is, of course, home to the UK’s only giant pandas - a wonderful gift from the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association to the people of Edinburgh.

In recent years, our Scottish celebrations for Chinese New Year have grown - providing us with an opportunity to enhance Scottish people’s understanding of Chinese culture.

Because at Chinese New Year and all year round, the City of Edinburgh is very proud of its connections with China and South-East Asia.

Our story began over 100 years ago, and today it continues through a Memorandum of Understanding between our city with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Botany in Beijing.

In education and academia, Edinburgh’s classrooms promote the learning of Mandarin in our schools, while we welcome a staggering 4,000 students to attend our universities every year in partnership with institutions in China.                                                                        

Already the most popular UK destination for Chinese visitors after London, Edinburgh is also working closely with the tourism sector to ensure to ensure we provide the warmest welcome we can for visitors. Our flight route development programme is a particularly exciting project, which we hope will encourage Chinese airlines to choose Edinburgh as a future destination to strengthen our ties.

As a city, I certainly hope we will be able to welcome even more visitors from Chinese shores in the year ahead, and we look forward to welcoming you to experience all that Edinburgh has to offer if you are yet to visit.

Until then, on behalf of the city, please may I wish you and everyone in the Chinese community, in Edinburgh and beyond, 恭喜发财 - Gong Xi Fa Cai - or prosperity for the year ahead.

Best wishes

Frank Ross

Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Scotland

The Lord Provost has also shared a video message, available to view here.

LP Chain sized for Jadu 2

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