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Chinese arch construction begins
Chinese arch design
The arch will be decorated to bring luck and prosperity
A team of craftsmen from Shanghai are to begin construction of a ceremonial arch at the entrance to Newcastle's Chinatown district.

The arch is a traditional symbol of prosperity and success and celebrates the regeneration of Chinatown.

Built in the style of a Chinese Royal Palace, it will be 11 metres high, made of stone and wood, and decorated with glazed tiles and elaborate paintings.

Eight traditional craftsmen are expected to take 12 weeks to finish it.

The Chinese community has raised 65,000 towards the total cost of 475,000, with the remainder funded by Newcastle City Council, One NorthEast, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Sponsors Club for Arts and Business.

'Impressive welcome'

Councillor David Faulkner, executive member for culture, heritage and sport at Newcastle City Council, said: "It is important for both the Chinese community and the city as a whole that we have reached the final stage of this project.

"It will provide an impressive welcome to Chinatown for both city residents and visitors and undoubtedly reinforces our reputation as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city."

Barry Yu, chairman of the North East Chinese Association, said: "Having a ceremonial arch at the entrance to Chinatown will enable us to join the ranks of London, Manchester and Liverpool.

"They are great tourist attractions, and I am confident ours will also bring further investment to the city."





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