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Chinese students outside Bute Hall in traditional dress
Chinese students gather at Bute Hall in traditional dress
A taste of the orient has come to Scotland with hundreds of staff and students at the University of Glasgow due to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

About 500 students were gathering at Bute Hall for a feast of traditional Chinese food and entertainment.

Pam Castledine, event organiser, said: "New Year for the Chinese-speaking population is as important as Hogmanay to us Scots."

There are about 700 Chinese students at the university.

Many helped organise the event.

Mrs Castledine said: "'The university is very proud of its Chinese students and the event is a fun opportunity to experience what is a very special occasion for them.

"It can be a very difficult time to be in a foreign country without your family."

Ceilidh and dumplings

Kupe Caiyoun Zhuang, 23, is studying international marketing at the university.

He said: "In China there is a long history of tradition in celebrating New Year.

"It is an important day and a special occasion here because we are far from our family.

"It is wonderful that we can celebrate here."

The programme of events includes singing and dancing, a fashion show, calligraphy competitions, a dumpling making class and a ceilidh.

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