Chinese New Year Festival

Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the new lunar calendar and thus began the celebration for the Chinese New Year. Today, we went to Melbourne Chinatown to see what sort of celebration they’re having. Russell street was partially closed off and there were stalls dedicated to selling food, Chinese goods and services(massages), religion/philosophy and live entertainment. We had a great time browsing through the merchandise on sale and Gabriel even found a CD of Vivian Chow.

Gabriel found a bargain(not)! Click on photo to see more

He has been looking for a copy of a CD of this particular Chinese artist because he once had an album of hers on tape. He bought the CD for $15, thinking that it was a bargain for a double CD collection. His joy quickly evaporated though when he opened the packaging (which looked like an original) and saw the (dodgy) CD. The CD certainly doesn’t look like an original and the CD itself looks like it is a low-grade recordable.

Anyway, after having some dumplings washed down by Diet Coke, we decided to walk to Crown Casino to see the Hawker’s Bazaar which promised to be another major event to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Chinese stilt walker at Crown’s riverside bazaar. Click photo to see more (different set from the one above).

Crown’s celebration was more like a multi-cultural festival with stalls selling Korean, Chinese, Japanese and even Dutch food! We had some Dutch poffertjes and went through the different stalls selling great products, watched the dragon boat race and finally went to the bonsai display.

After all the snacking and walking around, we went inside the Crown Casino foodcourt and rested for awhile and had some drinks. We then decided that perhaps it’s time to go home but on our way out, we saw the marionette ceiling display in the atrium, enjoyed the light show and took photos.

Overall, a very good festival indeed!

Published in: on February 12, 2005 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment