Mayor dedicates Harvest Paifang in Gold Coast Chinatown

24 April 2017

The city’s second Chinese gateway has been officially dedicated on the back of a resurgence in retail leasing in the revitalised precinct at Southport.

Mayor Tom Tate was joined by Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Brisbane, Dr Zhao Yongchen, and Division 6 Councillor Dawn Crichlow to dedicate the Harvest Paifang at the western entrance to Chinatown today.

Designed in conjunction with our sister city Beihai, it is the second gateway to be completed as part of the Gold Coast Chinatown project focussed on Davenport and Young streets in the Gold Coast CBD.

Mayor Tate said he was delighted to see the transformation and growth in Gold Coast Chinatown.

“The area once had many empty shops. But Chinatown is evolving into a thriving destination for all things Asian and multicultural on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“The city’s work with revitalising the area through streetscaping, public art, decorative Chinese lanterns, a retail investment strategy, and regular events culminating in the 15,000-strong crowd at Lunar New Year has attracted many new businesses and faces.

“There has been a strong take-up in retail tenancies since October 2016, with 12 new businesses opening their doors and some long term vacancies being leased.

“The $25 million refurbishment of Australia Fair Metro includes seven new dining and retails options, including five new restaurants fronting Young Street.”

Mayor Tate said the growth in Chinatown was a reflection of the growth of Chinese investment in Gold Coast property which reached nearly $373 million during the 2014-15 financial year – an increase of 185 per cent since 2011-12.

Mayor Tate said the third, final and largest gateway planned for Gold Coast Chinatown will be a traditional Chinese style Wealth Paifang.

Cr Crichlow said the Harvest Paifang was a symbol of the yield of the hinterland and sea.

“Harvest is a time of reunion, renewing friendships and giving thanks. And the best place to celebrate the offerings from the Gold Coast region is at the Chinatown Street Markets,” she said.

Regular Chinatown Street Markets are held throughout the year with the next market on Saturday 6 May from 5pm to 9pm. The market will have a Harvest influence with free plant giveaways, fresh produce and flowers, and themed children’s activities.

For information including event dates go to: goldcoastcbd.com.au/chinatown

 

About Harvest Paifang

  • The Harvest Paifang represents the feng shui meaning of ‘harvest’ and the yield of the hinterland and sea.
  • The design reflects the Gold Coast and its sister city Beihai, a historic port city in China’s southwest.
  • Beihai has a rich maritime history and is recognised for its key role on the ancient Maritime Silk Route.
  • The colours green and gold symbolise harvest, renewal and nourishment and link to the Gold Coast’s green hinterland, golden sand and sunshine.
  • The use of timber references the traditional wooden gates of the Han Dynasty in ancient China
  • Individual teak blocks form a weave pattern inspired by the traditional baskets used to carry freshly harvested produce.
  • The pattern also references the unique bamboo hats worn by the Xu fishermen of Beihai
  • The gold coins on the paifang are embossed with jasmine blossoms which are harvested to make a variety of teas.

 

 

 

 

Mayor dedicates Harvest Paifang in Gold Coast Chinatown photo