Saturday Snapshots #21

by Jeanne on January 17, 2009

in London Life, Photography, Saturday Snapshots

2009-ChinatownWeb  

Chinatown, London – January 2009

London's Chinatown is only a couple of blocks from Leicester Square, but you may as well have stepped into a parallel universe.  Chinese grocery stores, Chinese restaurants, Chinese newspapers, Chinese medicines…  and alongside an army of tourists, a surprising number of Chinese people.  Chinese New Year is always celebrated in January or February and in the weeks leading up to the big day, hundreds of paper lanterns are strung up in Gerrard Street and the surrounding roads, lending an exotic and festive air to a crisp winter morning.  These backlit lanterns attracted me immediately, bobbing up and down with with their golden tassles swinging gently in the breeze.

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.

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elra January 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Beautiful…
I love the red paper lantern, they look stunning.
Cheers,
Elra

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nina January 18, 2009 at 4:48 am

Amazing shot, Jeanne!!!

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courtney January 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I cant wait for the Chinese New Year. Great photo.

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Michelle January 19, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Every single trip I make to London I go to Chinatown, I just can’t help it. I would have loved to live in the Far East for a while. Beautiful picture.

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Gemma January 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Considering how close I work to Chinatown I am there very rarely but this has reminded me to go over the New Year period. Thanks!

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