Celebrating Chinese New Year and Culture

Every culture expresses its beliefs and values through a system of signs and symbols. However, we don’t always know what stands behind these visual representations.

As we are approaching one of the most celebrated events in the world – Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year), we would like to have a talk about Chinese symbols, especially those associated with the New Year festivities.

In collaboration with Confucius Institute for Business London, this celebratory event will unveil the history of some must-know Lunar New Year symbols, their history and impact on Chinese life and art. We will talk about most popular symbols decorating not only Chinese homes but also various venues around the world.

This event is based on our last year talk but it also contains fresh elements and perspectives.

We are sorry! This event has ended. You can watch its recording below or book your place at one of our upcoming events:


Catherine Xiang (MEd, PhD) is an established author and applied linguist with rich experience in the higher education as well as high profile consultancy industry to businesses that wish to engage with China. She is Coordinator of East Asian Languages at LSE, Programme Director for BSc International Relations and Chinese; as well as UK Director for LSE Confucius Institute for Business London. Originally from Shanghai, she is skilled in intercultural communication, translation, foreign languages, lecturing, TV and public speaking. She is also an expert in e‑learning and innovation in language learning. Her recent publications include ‘Mastering Chinese – a Complete Textbook for Beginners’, ‘Audio‑visual Media in Language Education’ and the forthcoming ‘China Ready – Chinese for Tourism and Hospitality’. In addition to her roles at LSE, she is an executive member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society, a school governor and chief examiner of Charted Institute of Linguists. She has recently launched her own YouTube channel “字espresso” teaching the relationship between Chinese characters and words.

In partnership with Confucius Institute for Business London (LSE)

Confucius Institute for Business London
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The Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL) combines the academic excellence of LSE and Tsinghua University with the business acumen of our five sponsor companies; HSBC, BP, Deloitte, Swire and Standard Chartered. With a strong focus on business communication, CIBL specialises in helping London business communities to learn Mandarin and foster greater understanding of the business culture in China. Alongside delivering business Chinese classes, we also host a number of events to promote wider Chinese culture and offer Executive Education Programmes.

The Chinese Language and Culture for Business Programme (CLCB) course is a part-time executive programme for anyone with a global vision and an interest in China. CLCB is a comprehensive course that covers not only the Chinese language, but also management and intercultural communication training. No matter your background, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of doing business with China. We currently offer CLCB on-campus an CLCB online programme options, we would encourage you to follow our LinkedIn page to find our more about or free events and executive education offer.

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The talk will be on Zoom, so if you join us on a mobile device (mobile phone or tablet) you will need to download the app (free) from the App Store / Google Play Store beforehand.


Please, note that we issue refunds on tickets cancelled at least 24h prior the event.

If price is an issue…

We understand and respect different circumstances. If you are in a position that price is a barrier for you to attend this event, contact us directly and we will grant you a free ticket, no questions asked. We design these events to be as inclusive and as open to everyone as possible.

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