Official Guide to Edinburgh

Chinese New Year

  • 12 February 2021 - 27 February 2021
  • Online

 Year Of Coo

Chinese New Year in Edinburgh has become the largest celebration of its kind in Scotland and Friday 12 February marks the start of the Year of the Ox.  This year, due to Covid19 guidelines, the programme will be a mix of online events, promotions, outdoor installations and walking trails.

In addition to the celebrated Official Chinese New Year Concert, Edinburgh Castle will be lighting red to mark the occasion, the Golden Monkey art installation at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will continue and will be joined by a Chinese Coo installation on the Royal Mile later in the year.

The Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication at HeriotWatt University will be hosting a series of online tutorials – everything from Tai Chi to Chinese New Year Cookery.

The official Chinese New Year Gala Concert, held annually at the Usher Hall, moves online with the Qindao Opera House Symphony Orchestra performing Soaring Dragon, Leaping Tiger, as well as performances of Chinese folk music, a Chinese children’s orchestra and Scottish piping and country dancing.  The Gala Concert will be broadcast in China and Scotland on Saturday 13 February.    

A series of China and Coo-themed self-guided walking and cycling trails of the city have been developed in partnership with Cycling Tour Company A Wee Pedal.  Starting from Blackford Hill, one route follows in the footsteps of Chiang Yee, one of the finest travel writers of the 20th century, who visited Edinburgh in the 1940s writing about his experience in The Silent Traveller.   

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