Celebrating the Year of the Dog

Fri, February 16th, 2018

It is easy to take for granted the historic ties which link Liverpool and China.

It is easy to take for granted the historic ties which link Liverpool and China. Home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe, with the first immigrants arriving at the port in 1834, the strong relationship continues today.

Liverpool remains one of the most popular destinations for Chinese students in the UK and further expansion of the campus at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is planned. The city is attracting an increasing number of Chinese tourists and more local businesses are looking at potential business opportunities in China.

The Chamber celebrated Chinese New Year slightly early this year, welcoming export champions and partners to Chamber Thirty-Six in Chinatown. With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding European markets, continued growth in China is still offering opportunities for UK companies to expand operations in the region. Attendees were able to sample some excellent food and Chinese culture as well as finding out more about the International Business Festival in June and the support available to businesses from the Department for International Trade, China Britain Business Council and the Chamber.

Paul Cherpeau, CEO of Liverpool & Sefton Chambers was delighted to welcome partners to the event, “China continues to be an economic powerhouse and a hotbed of export opportunities and inward investment potential. Our participating businesses all have experience of the Chinese market and are exemplars for those businesses considering expanding their product or service base into the country. As with most international markets, the expansion of business into new markets is challenging but done correctly, can reap great rewards.”

Our cultural ties with China go hand in hand with our trade and economic links. Those original immigrants in the 19th century, who worked for businesses like Alfred Holt and Company, the first commercial shipping line established to focus on Chinese trade, set up home near the docks in the area we now call Chinatown. Home to the largest Chinese Arch outside of China, the Imperial Arch, it will be the centre of Chinese New year celebrations this weekend.

This year celebrates the year of the Dog and includes a 9 month festival of the best of Chinese contemporary art and culture as part of China Dream.

A real coup for the city in 2018 however has been the arrival of the Terracotta Army at the World Museum which runs until October. All those who have been responsible for making this happen should be applauded, with around 450,000 visitors expected to visit the exhibition.

So whether for business, education or culture, Liverpool is definitely the place to celebrate the year of Dog!

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