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Chinese New Year at Northbridge

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by Jo Turnbull (subscribe)
Freelance travel blogger and online marketing consultant, owner of blog
I went to Northbridge on Sunday, January 29th to celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY), year of the dragon. There was a celebration all day, starting at 12:00 noon along James Street.

Here are my recommendations on what to see and do in Northbridge for CNY.

1). Visit the market stalls
James Street closed all day as the market stalls selling food, drinks, lucky charms and other Chinese products had been set up along the street.

The smell of bbq meat led us to one stall half way down James Street and at a cost of $2 each skewer, we helped ourselves to two each. It was really spicy so I had to get some rice at $4 each pack (wrapped in palm leaves) which cooled it down.

Chinese New Year - Perth
Chinese New Year - Perth

2) Watch the lion dance
The opening ceremony started at 6pm with a lion dance on stage in the piazza. While we were walking around Northbridge we saw more lion dances, this time they were entering restaurants and performing in front of the customers. It was fantastic to see and I have taken a few photos to remember the occasion.

Chinese New Year - Lion Dancers
Chinese New Year - Lion Dancers

3) See Chinese dancers
The opening ceremony which featured a welcome by the Chairperson, Organising Committee and Perth Chinese New Year also had Chinese dancers performing on stage. The performers were in traditional Chinese dress dancing with their fans to the Chinese music.

Chinese New Year - Chinese Dancers
Chinese New Year - Chinese Dancers

There was a buzz about Northbridge and it was great to see so many people out and about taking part in CNY. The Chinese restaurants were buzzing and so were the pubs, bars and cafes in the area.

If I am in Perth next year, I will definitely come again to Chinese New Year.
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Why? Celebrate the Chinese New Year
When: 29th Jan 2011
Where: Northbridge, Perth
Cost: Free
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