Celebrate the Lunar New Year and Year of the Sheep in Sydney.
When is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year in 2015 is celebrated on Thursday, February 19. The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is one of the largest New Year celebrations outside of China, comprising a month-long program of over 80 events across the city.
Did you know?
- The Sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar.
- People born during this year are said to be tender, polite, clever, gentle, creative, compassionate and fond of quiet living.
- The number eight is also considered to be quite lucky in Chinese culture.
Travelling to Sydney for Chinese New Year? Don’t miss these great events:
The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors
Friday 13 – Sunday 22 Feb 2015 at Dawes Point
Illuminated against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, artist Xia Nan’s famous Terracotta Warriors will be on exhibition for the first time in Australia. Be captivated by the spectacle of 90 x 2.1 metre high warriors and two horses glowing in brilliant colours against the country’s most iconic harbour.
Sat 14 Feb 2015 in Chinatown, Koreatown and Thaitown
Be swept away by the flavours of the Orient as Lunar Streets brings the tastes of China, Thailand and Korea to Sydney. You’ll enjoy a night of entertainment, cultural performance and (of course) delicious dishes designed to be shared with friends and family.
The Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
Sunday 22 February from 8pm, starting at Sydney Town Hall
Watch magical lanterns, floats and projections light up the streets of Sydney as the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade travels from Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown. This spectacular event will be capped off with a vibrant fireworks display at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.
Dragon Boat Races
Sat 28 Feb – Sun 1 Mar 2015, from 9am at Cockle Bay Darling Harbour
An impressive display of 12-meter long Dragon Boats will race through the waters of Darling Harbour over one captivating weekend in Sydney. Head down to the viewing pontoon to witness the glorious designs of these vessels – complete with dragon head and tail – and be swept away in the excitement of the race.
Holiday Inn Potts Point is the ideal base for visitors travelling for Chinese New Year. Located just 15-minutes’ walk from the city and close to all major public transport, one stop on the adjacent underground train line will take you right into the centre of Sydney city. Chinatown is located just a 12 minute walk down from Central Station. You can also reach Chinatown via the lightrail or bus. If you’re travelling by car or taxi from Holiday Inn Potts Point, bypass city traffic and arrive in Darling Harbour’s entertainment precinct in just 5 minutes via the cross city tunnel.
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