|Flag of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912)|
with five-toed dragon
In Paris the main centre of Chinese culture is in the 13th arrondissement, around Avenue d'Ivry and Avenue d'Italie. The annual parade is a spectacular affair with dancing dragons and lions, traditional music and song. If you find it hard the tell your dragons from your lions, remember that the lion is operated by two people, while the dragon takes several.
The joyous atmosphere of the procession is assured by fireworks, drums and cymbals whose noise scares away evil spirits and bad luck.
The other significant centres of Chinese culture are in the 20th arrondissement around Belleville, and the 3rd/4th around Beaubourg and the Marais. Each has its own parade for the Spring Festival.
starting from 44, Avenue d’Ivry.
20th arrondissement: Sunday 29 January at 11.30
starting from Metro Belleville.
3rd/4th arrondissements: Saturday 28 January at 14.30
starting from Hôtel de Ville.
Getting there"Chinatown 13th"
- Metro: Porte de Choisy (line 7); Porte d'Ivry (line 7); Olympiades (line 14)
- Tram: Porte de Choisy; Porte d'Ivry
- Metro: Belleville (lines 2/11)
- Metro: Rambuteau (line 11); Arts et Métiers (lines 3/11);
Hôtel de Ville (lines 1/11)
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