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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.
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.
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.