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Museum joins in the China in London series

The Natural History Museum is joining a number of cultural and commercial organisations to celebrate the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture in London.

Events at the Museum include demonstrations, workshops and scientific talks. The Natural History Museum's sister Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire is also celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dog with an exhibition exploring our relationship with dogs.

Events at the Natural History Museum

Demonstrations

Movement Inspired by Animals
Saturday 25 February
, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00, Flett Events Theatre foyer
Come and try out some traditional Chinese martial arts with expert Jef Sutherland. Try steps and hand movements inspired by the natural world and wild animals, such as the fast and devastating Five Tigers Fist.
Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required, lasts 45 minutes.

Chinese Lion Dancing
Saturday 25 March
, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00, Central Hall
Be amazed by the acrobatic skills of the Nam Yang lion dancers, whose intricate dance steps imitate the movements of wild lions. Join them in the dance, try on the colourful dancing costume and play the percussion.
Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required, lasts 45 minutes.

Darwin Centre Live events
Darwin Centre Live events are informal presentations by Museum scientists, which are often followed by a lively audience debate. In February, scientists will be exploring elements of the Museum's research and collection relating to China.

Chinese Dinosaurs
Tuesday 7 February
, 14.30, Darwin Centre
Some of the most significant dinosaur fossils ever found have been unearthed in China. Join us as we take a closer look at fossils uncovered there and what they reveal.
Suitable for ages 12+, no booking required, lasts 30 minutes

Chinese Medicinal Plants
Friday 10 February
, 14.30, Darwin Centre
A rare Chinese plant may hold the cure for one of the world's biggest killers, malaria. Join us as we discuss this last line of defence, and other Chinese plants with vital medicinal properties.
Suitable for ages 12+, no booking required, lasts 30 minutes

Flight of the DinoBirds
Wednesday 15 February
, 14.30, Darwin Centre
Unique fossils of feathered dinosaurs discovered in China may hold the key to the origins of flight. Come and explore the controversial debate about whether flight began from the ground up or the trees down.
Suitable for ages 12+, no booking required, lasts 30 minutes

Children's workshops

The Emperor and the Nightingale
Saturday 11 February
, 10.30, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00, Flett Events Theatre foyer
Join this exciting interactive workshop led by Yellow Earth Theatre and enter the world of The Emperor and the Nightingale, by Hans Christian Andersen. Create a forest, transform into the nightingale and be prepared to meet the formidable Chinese emperor at the Imperial Palace.
Suitable for ages 7-12, children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required, places are on a first come first served basis, lasts 45 minutes.

Discover the Chinese Dragon
Monday 13 - Friday 17 February
, 11.00 and 15.00, Mammals (Gallery 24)
Our Chinese storyteller and her dragon friend are keen to share their personal stories with you.
Join them to find out which animals are symbolised by the Chinese dragon and why each year is represented by one of 12 animals.
Suitable for ages 7-12, children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required, lasts 45 minutes.

Journey with a Chinese Dragon
Monday 13 - Friday 17 February
, 12.00 and 14.00, entrance to Creepy Crawlies (Gallery 30)
Join our Chinese storyteller and her dragon friend as they take you on a journey around the Museum to meet some wonderful creatures and hear their interesting stories.
Suitable for ages 7-12, children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required, lasts 45 minutes.

 Exhibition at the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum

Dogs: Man-Made Friends?
Monday 13 February - Sunday 9 July
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at our sister museum in Tring, Hertfordshire, 40 minutes by train from Euston station in London. From deerhounds to dachshunds and wolfhounds to whippets, no other species has the amazing diversity of shape and size that we see in dogs. Over hundreds of years, humans have shaped 'man's best friend' to suit their needs. This exhibition explores the origins of our domestic dogs and their relationship with us.
Please visit www.nhm.ac.uk/tring or call 020 7942 6171 for more information.

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Notes for editors
China in London 2006 is a major season of events and activities celebrating Chinese arts, culture and the links between the capital and China. It will officially begin on 29 January, with the annual Chinese New Year parade and festival - marking the Year of the Dog - and will include exhibitions; performance and film; window displays; food; and the promotion of Chinese literature and language. China in London 2006 is being organised through a partnership between the Mayor of London, Visit London, the London Chinatown Chinese Association and leading cultural attractions.

Winner of the 2004 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries. The Museum is committed to encouraging public engagement with science. This has been greatly enhanced by the Darwin Centre, a major new initiative, which offers visitors unique access behind the scenes of the Museum. Phase One of the project opened to the public in 2002 and Phase Two is scheduled to open in 2008.

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. By tube: South Kensington station, on the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines. Buses: 14, 345, 49, 70, 74, C1

The Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, Akeman Street, Tring, Herts HP23 6AP. By train: Tring station, takes about 45 minutes from Euston and trains leave every 30 minutes. The Museum is a 20-minute walk from the station. 

For further information please telephone +44 (0)20 7942 5654 or email press@nhm.ac.uk