Bede’s Boarders: Welcoming In The Year Of The Monkey
Sunday 8 February’s Boarders’ Trip to Chinatown in London was oversubscribed three weeks in advance, with 49 pupils keen to celebrate the start of Chinese New Year while bidding farewell to the Year of the Goat and welcoming in the Year of the Monkey!
Mrs Bilham, Mr Petersson, Mrs Whitehouse and I led the group through Leicester Square to the Joy King Lau restaurant where we found the top floor beautifully and especially decorated.
The bamboo steamers were stacked high and colourful steaming plates were brought out as the staff hurried to serve our banquet of hoisin duck pancakes, Peking duck, spring rolls, noodles, prawn dumplings and many exotic Chinese desserts.
Some time later we staggered down the stairs feeling very full, after which the students had a few hours shopping and exploring central London.
Many of us spent time around Chinatown’s colourful entrance gate and enjoyed seeing the district so crowded; as we walked under garlands of hanging red paper lanterns, with all the seasonal smells and sounds in the air, the atmosphere was electric.
Unfortunately, we did not see any Chinese dragons, and I must confess to being slightly disappointed by that, but otherwise a great time was had by all!