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Chinese New Year 2020, Year of the Rat

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Style

Chinese New Year arrives this Saturday, 25th January, with celebrations taking place in London and amongst Chinese communities across the UK well into February. 2020 sees us enter the Year of the Rat - the first animal in the Chinese zodiac....

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Chinese New Year

2018 Year of the Dog

It’s the start of the Chinese New Year this Friday 16th February. Known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, it’s the biggest celebration of the Chinese calendar and is all about families coming together and wishing each...

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Chinese Lanterns

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yorkshire and beyond

Chinese New Year falls on 16th February this year and there’s lots going on to celebrate it locally, nationally and internationally. First, we look at Yorkshire, where Shimu has its showroom and HQ. At Leeds Town Hall on Monday 5th February, the Chinese...

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Year of the rooster

2017 The Year of the Fire Rooster

Celebrations for the Chinese New Year took place this weekend, and 2017 sees the start of the Year of the Rooster (or cockerel, as we tend to say in Britain). The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle and those...

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Year of the goat

What will the Year of the Goat bring?

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and ushers in the Year of the Goat. After the tumultuous Year of the Horse, many Chinese astrologers are predicting a calmer atmosphere, with a theme of renewal and creativity....

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Chinese dragon

An amazing spectacle – Chinese New Year!

This week tools will be downed in our Shanghai and Beijing workshops as our committed team clock-off for the biggest celebration of the year. The festivities start today – the first day of the lunar month – and continue until the...

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Chinese Walnut Sideboard, Gansu

A wonderful walnut sideboard from Gansu

With the Chinese New Year holiday upon us, everything has now stopped for a few weeks at the workshops in Shanghai and Beijing. Most of the craftsmen that produce our furniture or restore our antique pieces are originally from parts...

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