Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in Chinatown

17 February 2016

Gold Coast Chinatown is serving up traditional cuisine, live music, dance performances and fireworks to bring in the lunar New Year.

The largest Chinese New Year event in the city will take place on Saturday 20 February under the lanterns on Young and Davenport Streets, adjacent to Southport light rail station.

The free celebrations mark the beginning of the Year of the Monkey in Chinese astrology, which has implications for luck, health, love and career.

Mayor Tom Tate said last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, with more than 15,000 people turning out to support it.

“This year there’ll be more food, more entertainment and more fun” said Cr Tate.

“There’s no better place on the Gold Coast to celebrate the most important event in the Chinese calendar then our own Chinatown.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the work we’ve done in the last 12 months, unveiling a Confucius statue, modern Chinese lanterns and the first of three traditional gates (Paifang).”

Construction of the first Paifang, or traditional gate, finishes this month,  with an official opening ceremony to take place in March during a Chinese sister city delegation visit.

Celebrations will run from 4pm to 9pm, culminating in an impressive fireworks display over the city.

Residents and visitors can ride the G: Link to Southport or take advantage of free weekend parking in the City’s carparks, including the Mal Burke car park, Athol Patterson car park and Carey Park car park.

For information visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/chinatown

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