Manchester Airport has planned a host of activities to celebrate Chinese New Year and thank passengers for choosing to fly to China from there.

A stunning Chinese Wishing Tree will adorn Terminal Two, giving passengers the opportunity to hang their New Year wishes from the branches of the 10ft blossom tree. In China, blossom trees symbolise new growth, transformation and prosperity.

Passengers will also have the opportunity to enjoy an art exhibition in collaboration with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in the Terminal Two arrivals halls. Adding other visual touches will be a set of interactive posters with QR codes so passengers can engage with the airport’s WeChat account, and dozens of Chinese lanterns will be hung throughout all the terminals and skylink.

Adding a touch of theatre in Terminal Two check in will be a traditional Lion Dance and Chinese performers on Chinese New Year (5th February), plus the airport’s choir will serenade passengers airside on the same day.

Also on 5th February, passengers arriving and departing will get the chance to receive a lucky pig envelope, with duty free offers inside and prizes to be won.

The airport is celebrating another strong 12 months as passenger numbers to China grew 17%. It’s the UK’s third largest airport and the UK’s global gateway in the north with more than 260,000 passengers travelling to Beijing and Hong Kong in the last year. Manchester is the only English airport outside London to offer direct services to Hong Kong and Beijing.

“The ever-increasing connectivity of routes into Manchester Airport continues to position Manchester as a truly international destination, bringing benefits to businesses across Greater Manchester and beyond,” said Harvey Nichols Manchester store director Iain Mackenzie.

Manchester Airport’s Chinese New Year activity takes place between January and March, with the bulk of activity take place on 5th February.

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