February 8th is not only a significant date on the Chinese calendar but it is also a time of year where businesses globally, slow down. Why? Because many international businesses rely on China for manufacturing, production and distribution and as a tradition, there is a two week holiday declared to help welcome in the Chinese New year.
With the growing amount of international citizens and residents, the Chinese New Year is becoming a regular for many Australian communities with festivities and celebrations taking place across the country. One of the tourist hot-spots of Australia is the Gold Coast, Queensland and they are celebrating the Chinese New year in the new Chinatown precinct with food, performances and fireworks Saturday the 20th of February.
Gold Coast mayor, Tom Tate describes the event as “Gold Coast Chinatown is set to come alive again with colour, cuisine and cultural entertainment with the annual Chinese New Year Celebration. This event marks the new lunar year in the Chinese calendar – the Year of the Monkey. This year’s we’ve got Asian food stalls (with ten more vendors than last year!), free outdoor cinema showing Kung Fu Panda 2, dance and cultural performances on stage between 4 – 9pm. Free events include: sumo suit wrestling, ping pong, calligraphy, paper cutting, colouring. At 9pm we have the fireworks display. China Town is located in Young and Davenport Streets, Southport, our Gold Coast CBD!”
With a large Chinese population residing on the Gold Coast and South-East Queensland, this is a testament to the Gold Coast community embracing the colour and culture of the Chinese New Year.
If you or your family are thinking of immigrating from China to South-East Queensland and would like to speak to a qualified and registered migration agent based right here on the Gold Coast, give our office a call today.