Sydney has a large and diverse Asian population, and several suburbs celebrate the spectacular and colourful Chinese New Year in a big way. You can have a meal with friends at a restaurant, or enjoy some of the many events around Sydney.
Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? What's the best way to do it?
This week, there are many amazing events happening around the city for Chinese New Year.
If you're into art, there's an exhibition at Town Hall called Crossing Boundaries (http://www.sydneychinesenewyear.com/festival-program/crossing-boundaries/) showcasing Asian-Australian contemporary art. A lot of it has to do with the Year of the Horse (this year!). Don't miss the sculpture made out of inverted peanut shells. Amazing.
Tonight is the twilight parade - it looks incredibly beautiful and colourful. This is the best way to bring in the new year (http://www.sydneychinesenewyear.com/festival-program/chinese-new-year-twilight-parade/)
There are also guided walking tours around Chinatown that share the interesting and long history of the Chinese population in Sydney. At all official Chinese New Year events, you can pick up a free guide with tons of information about goings on all week. Otherwise, check out sydneychinesenewyear.com - it's all there as well)
I've lived in Asia for 12 years and nothing beats CNY because of the food. It's all about the feast. Din Tai Fung in World Square and Pitt St Westfield is awesome, there are stores in Asia too which are very popular. Great authentic food!