what it’s like to spend chinese new year in australia

Yes, I know the politically correct term would be Lunar New Year but I’m Chinese, therefore I am calling it Chinese New Year. Spending the holiday there actually wasn’t planned. My friends and I had booked our flights for February and later on found out that we would be there during that time. But I’m glad we were! In both Sydney and Melbourne, they had 2-week long celebrations with a lot of free events. The cities were decorated in random places and it just felt like they were in the holiday spirit. On the other hand, when I went to Cairns, there weren’t any New Year events. But then again, it’s really just a small tourist town for people passing through to get to the Great Barrier Reef. We missed a lot of the main events in Sydney because of our schedule. We were in Melbourne on the actual day of Chinese New year, so it seemed more festive. But I’m sure Sydney was just as festive – I saw pictures from the parade and it looked pretty awesome. So if you’re ever planning to ring in the New Year in another city, you can’t go wrong with either Sydney or Melbourne!

What’s up in Sydney?

Dawes Point

Darling Harbour Park

Chinese New Year Temple Fair at Dixon Street

Chinatown

Chinatown in Sydney

Terracotta Warriors at Dawes Point

Terracotta Warriors at Dawes Point

Dawes Point Terracotta Soldiers (15)

Sydney City Centre (21)

Chinatown (13)

Darling Harbour Park

Darling Harbour Park

Chinatown (19)
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Chinatown (38)

Making dragon beard candy at the Chinese New Year Temple fair

Making dragon beard candy at the Chinese New Year Temple fair

Dragon beard candy

Dragon beard candy

What’s up in Melbourne?

Lion Dance in Chinatown

Lion Dance at Queen Victoria Market

They even had a lion dance at Melbourne Airport, but I couldn’t get a video 😦

Chinatown in Melbourne

Chinatown in Melbourne

Melbourne Chinatown (7)

Even our hotel was decked out!

Even our hotel was decked out!

Melbourne Chinatown (24)

Well wishes left at the Eureka Skydeck

Well wishes left at the Eureka Skydeck

Eureka Skydeck (5)

Eureka Skydeck (6)

Melbourne Chinatown (24)

Dragon by the QVM

Dragon by the QVM

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3 thoughts on “what it’s like to spend chinese new year in australia

  1. Nice pics! I was in Melbourne during the Chinese new year in 2012, got to see some fabulous fireworks at Southbank, arranged by the Crown Casino.

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