28 January 2020
London's Chinese community welcomed the Year of the Rat on Sunday with a traditional parade, as fears about a new coronavirus outbreak mounted worldwide. Crowds including tourists and residents gathered in central London for the annual celebration, famous for being the biggest outside China. For China's 1.4 billion people, the holiday is the most important holiday of the year and millions of people travel thousands of miles back to their hometowns to gather with family and friends. But authorities cancelled many large-scale celebrations of the holiday, closed part of the Great Wall and suspended public transport in many cities, stranding millions.
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