Chinese New Year

January 2009

We can’t finish a wrap-up of what to do in Sydney in January without mentioning the dazzling ceremonies around the ringing-in of the year of the Ox. While 2008 belonged to the rat, a charming, gossipy creature, the Ox is quiet, easygoing and stubborn, qualities we’ll need in the difficult year to come. On January 23, the Chinese New Year Markets will be held in Belmore Park, offering fresh produce, new year gifts and, of course, good things to eat. But the highlight will be the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade with floats representing all 12 of the zodiac animals, designed by Raymond Leung (a very clever man who also has Zensation Tea House at 656 Bourke St, Ph 9319 2788). This promises to be a major spectacular with 2600 performers and other floats from China’s Henan Province. For more information or to book a seat to get a really good view of the parade ($60+GST a head) go to www.sydneychinesenewyear.com.au or call 02 9265 9333.

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