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5 Reasons to Visit Sydney This Chinese New Year

Sydney houses some of Australia’s best tourist destinations, be it the Opera house, Harbour Bridge, Chinatown and many more. However, what is more welcoming is the cultural integration and harmony that this city displays. But come February, this city gives you another great reason to visit it – the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Here are 5 reasons to visit Sydney during Chinese New Year celebrations

20 years of celebrating CNY – With a large population comprising of Asians, it is of no surprise that the city of Sydney has been celebrating Chinese New Year for the past 19 years! Yes, you read that right, 2016 marks their 20th year of celebration and this time its huge. With over 80 attractions across the fifteen day celebration, there is something for everyone.

Light up red – Watch Sydney’s best attractions soak up in red – the colour of prosperity and good luck, during the fortnight long celebrations. The Sydney opera house, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Town Hall, Capital Theatre and the Circular Quay station shall be gleaming in red till the 21st of February. It’s a visual treat you do not want to miss!

red lanterns - sydney chinese new year

Chinatown’s historical walk – Take a walk down China town and know about the 5000 year old dynasties, traditions and culture heritage that China beholds. Listen to some great stories and their significance in today’s life. Here is your complete guide to this event.

5 reasons to visit Sydney during Chinese new year

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Monkey tales – 2016 is the Year of Monkey. Come to the Chinese garden of friendship on the 20th and 21st of February and watch fast paced, cheeky and hilarious monkey stories come alive through a play. These plays are sure to crack you up.

Tea ceremony – Did you think that Chinese New Year celebrations will not include a tea ceremony? Well, at Pier Street witness this ancient ceremony of drinking tea and get a chance to grab a first-hand experience of the same.

These are some of our top picks for Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebrations. For more events click here.

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