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QV Melbourne Celebrates Lunar New Year 2023

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Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit
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From 20-26 January 2023, 10am to 10pm daily, QV at the corner of Swanston and Londsdale Streets, Melbourne, celebrates and welcomes the Year of the Rabbit. You'll find an interactive installation of eight 4.5 metre tall Dancing Bunnies in QV Square, energetic lion dancers weaving their way from the Square to Old Beijing on Artemis Lane, as well as a plethora of dining and entertainment experiences. Imaginative sounds and night lights complete the picture, and you're invited to experience and dance alongside the giant red bunnies to celebrate the Lunar New Year. What a great photo opportunity and the experience is entirely free.

The first 50 visitors to spend $20 and visit the Dancing Bunnies each day will receive a lucky red envelope, sharing in $7000 worth of prizing. T&Cs apply. Visit website for more info. "With so many of our restaurants, venues and stores celebrating Lunar New Year and the playful Dancing Bunnies installation that has been dreamt up, we can't wait to welcome visitors to experience the Year of the Rabbit in the heart of the city at QV Melbourne," says QV Melbourne City Retail Centre Manager Arabella Richards.

The Lion dances performed by the most experienced lion dance team from the pre-eminent Chinese Masonic Society will impress and delight on 3 occasions at 7pm on 21, 22 and 26 January, which includes the Lunar NYE and LNY Day on the first two dates. Giving away red envelopes along the way, the Lion will end its dance by eating an auspicious lettuce hung in the main entry of Old Beijing who sponsored the dance.

On that note, why not celebrate in style at the Old Beijing, 31-37 Artemis Lane, Melbourne! They have a Lunar New Year Banquet menu to end all banquets. It features traditional LNY dishes such as the colourful shared salad Prosperity Yee Sang, which is tossed at the table by the entire group, chopsticks in hand. Other menu highlights include their world famous Peking Duck, the auspicious and lucky 8 Treasure Lotus Leaf Rice, Braised Pork Knuckles representing unity and family, Red Bean Rice Balls symbolising togetherness, lucky King Island Lobster ('Dragon Prawn') and more. Old Beijing goes the extra mile not just to honour all traditions, but support charities every year as well. This year they are proudly supporting Very Special Kids.

Old Beijing is a multi space Chinese restaurant and bar with four specialty chefs offering the best ​​Beijing, Guang Zhou, Shanghai and Szechuan cuisine. However, with Koreans, Taiwanese and Thais celebrating Lunar New Year, QV Melbourne is home to vibrant dining options to suit all styles and budgets from the theatrical Sura Korean BBQ to acclaimed Bangkok street food market style eatery Thai Town, alongside fast and easy options such as Taiwanese dessert bar Meet Fresh and Korean street food vendor Chunky Town. You could try eating your way through the lot!

In other news, the newly opened Booths Karaoke on Lt Lonsdale St provides multilingual karaoke booths at an affordable hourly rate, with over 300,000 songs to choose from in more than six languages. Fully licensed until 1am, it's the perfect way to continue celebrating the Lunar New Year with your loved ones and good mates. QV exemplifies the quintessential Melbourne experience from food to fashion and so much more. Recent openings include the city's home for luxury designer menswear MARAIS Men (Nov '22), Via Artists' Melbourne store featuring limited edition t-shirts and innovative garments (Oct '22), cute and unique stationery and accessories shop Mint My Desk (Sept '22), and Booths Karaoke (Oct '22). Go ahead and work your way through QV's network of laneways and be part of the experience and celebrations.

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Why? QV Melbourne Celebrates Lunar New Year
When: 20-26 Jan 2023
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne, VIC
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