Eight Shanghai workers start work on arch to mark entrance of Newcastle's Chinatown.

Eight craftsmen from Shanghai have begun work in Newcastle building a traditional arch or ‘Empire Gate’ to mark the entrance of the city’s Chinatown district. The arch – which represents prosperity and success – will stand 11m high, and will be constructed of stone and wood.

The project has received funding from Newcastle City Council, One NorthEast, and the lottery, with £65,000 of the £475,000 cost being raised by the Chinese community in the area. Work is expected to be completed by the end of January.