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8 Chinese Cultural Activities in Melbourne

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by Gwen Lee (subscribe)
Staff at, a language school in Sydney teaching adults and children Japanese and other Asian languages.
Published March 31st 2016
Chinatown and yumcha aside, what else?
Visit Chinese Museum

A great place for the entire family to get to know more about China is the Chinese Museum in Chinatown. The five-storey museum not only shows exhibitions and guided tours, but it also hosts various workshops and fun activities for children. The workshops, which include lantern-making, calligraphy, ink painting, and traditional bracelet making, are available upon request. Kids can indulge in treasure hunt across the museum's five floors and follow a trail while learning about the history and Chinese characters. The museum also partners with schools and offers customised programs that include a guided tour of Chinatown, cultural workshops, combined with a Chinese meal.

Experience Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine
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If you are interested to explore alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture, tui na (Chinese remedial massage), cupping, or herbal medicine, try one of the many TCM clinics to relieve your aching body. TCM can also be used to treat skin conditions and assist with weight loss and anti-aging. Prominent people reportedly have used TCM to reach their health goals. You get to practice your foreign language skill with the medical practitioners there too.

Practice Taichi

Tai chi is a gentle form of exercise that suits people of all ages. The focus should not be on the physical movements itself, but on the breathing and the flow of the movements. Tai chi is considered as a form of walking meditation and can be incorporated into one's mindfulness exercise program. Practising tai chi is also good to improve one's balance, coordination, and flexibility.

Yulong facilitates regular taichi classes around the city. Check their website for the schedule. There's also free taichi classes in the morning at Federation Square. No booking's required, so it's very convenient for those who work in the city to attend.

Learn Chinese

It is said, "To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture." What better way to be involved in Chinese culture than to learn Mandarin?

Attend A Chinese Concert

Various Chinese artists from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan perform in Melbourne each year. A-Mei (the Diva of Mandarin Pop), Karen Mok, and Na Ying are some big names that will tour Melbourne this year.

Visit A Temple

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Yun Yang Temple is open to visitors on Sundays. It provides 1-7 days meditation retreats and a 2-week monkhood retreat. Fo Guang Shan Melbourne is also open to the public for a range of social and cultural activities such as Chinese crafts and vegetarian cooking.

Enjoy Art & Tea

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery houses a collection of Chinese art and it also includes a tea house so visitors could appreciate the artwork while enjoying their tea.

Play Mahjong

Mahjong is a table game usually played by four people where players pick and discard tiles to create a winning hand. Wagers are usually placed. Melbourne Mahjong Meetup hosts regular mahjong events. U3A also hosts free mahjong events for seniors on a regular basis. Other than for leisurely purpose, qualifying players can also participate in national and world mahjong tournaments.
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What a fantastic list. I wasn't aware there was a museum in Chinatown.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 1592 days ago
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