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Sydney Chinese New Year Festival


The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is the greatest Lunar New Year event outside of Asia. It is referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China, and traditionally served to honour deities and ancestors. This popular festival is characterised by boisterous dragon and lion dances, cultural dances, impressive sculptures, lanterns, music, food, and vibrant decorations and visuals.

Brilliantly lit lanterns are located around the harbour, at Circular Quay, coiling up to the Opera House.  Accompanying these stunning structures are the Chinatown and Haymarket night markets. Lion and dragon dances occur in Chinatown and across the suburban regions, such as Parramatta, Bankstown, Cabramatta, Eastwood, Doonside, and Blacktown. You can also witness an exhilarating dragon race on the Darling Harbour.

The city of Sydney is beautifully coloured for the Chinese New Year. You can go see the festivities and attractions at a minimal cost.

How to Get There

The festivities take place in the city and around Greater Sydney. It only takes a few minutes to walk to Chinatown from Central Station. If you are trying to get to Darling Harbour, Town Hall Station is the closest train service – or you can catch a ferry from Circular Quay.

Metro Hotels: Where to Stay

Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central is a mere 5 minute walk from the centre of Chinatown, the heart of the Chinese New Year celebration.  Metro Aspire Hotel is also conveniently placed, at a 10 minute walk from Chinatown. If you are planning to travel to the suburbs, you can catch fast limited stop trains to Cabramatta, Parramatta, Eastwood, Bankstown and Doonside.

For more information about this event, visit Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

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