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Chinese New Year

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Chinese Dancer - Chinese New Year

©2006 Gabriel Ditu
Most of the major cities in Australia have a Chinese quarter called Chinatown, which of course is the focus of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Chinese New Year (pronounced in Chinese as "xin nian") festivities are the most important in the Chinese calendar and continue for 15 days. During this period most people wear read clothes which according with the Chinese believe drives away bad luck.

Major Events Include:

  • Chinese New Year Festival Launch - with Chinese performers, firecrackers, dragon dancing
  • Chinatown Markets Festival - showcasing Chinese food and produce
  • Chinese New Year Parade - annual highlight attracting over 60,000 people
  • Dragon Boat Races - usually organized in Darling Harbour
  • Chinatown Shopfront Decoration Competition
  • Lantern Festival
  • Dragon Dance - concludes the celebration

tourist information ...

How to get there
By train to Central Station and then a 10 minute walk. All the buses going toward the Central Station via George Street. Monorail and the LightRail are also stopping in the area. See map.

Relevant links:
Sydney Chinatown
City Of Sydney

Hours of Operation:
Most Chinese shops, in Chinatown or in an other suburb, are opened.
Chinese New Year
Date
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Jan. 28, 2017rooster
Feb. 16, 2018dog
Feb. 05, 2019pig
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