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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Happy Chinese New Year

japanese custard cakes
Japanese sandwich cakes

It's Chinese New Year tomorrow, which means it's a night of celebrations tonight.

Festivities in Sydney's Chinatown have already begun, with the annual Chinatown Markets lining Dixon Street and Hawker Central taking over Belmore Park.

Chinese New Year dog
Chinese New Year dog mascot in Sydney's Belmore Park

Chinese New Year tree
Tree festooned with red colanders--surprisingly pretty!

Chinese chess players
Chinese chess players on Dixon Street

Takoyaki (octopus balls)

Japanese custard cakes being prepared
Sandwich cakes filled with vanilla, red bean, chocolate or vanilla custard

children's drums
Children's drums

Hello Kitty lucky red envelope
Hello Kitty lucky red envelopes

Tomorrow, January 29, will be the first day of the Year of the Dog. Dogs are renowned for the loyalty and generosity, and the year ahead should bring increased social awareness, charitability and an emphasis on family and friends.

So Happy Chinese New Year everyone, or gung hei fut choy!

Chinese New Year activities in Sydney City:
WED 25-SUN 29 JAN: CNY Hawker Central
FRI 27-SUN 29 JAN:
CNY Chinatown Markets
SAT 28-SUN 29 JAN:
CNY Children's Fair
Beijing Night
Chinese New Year Parade
Yiu Ming Temple Tour
Sze Yup Temple Tour
CNY Lantern Festival

SAT 11-SUN 12 FEB: Dragon Boat Races
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posted by Anonymous on 1/28/2006 01:04:00 pm


  • At 1/28/2006 2:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Chinese New Year, Helen! Wishing you all the best in this Year of the Dog! :)

  • At 1/28/2006 3:44 pm, Blogger Rose said…

    Ah, Gong xi fa cai to you too Helen!

    May the year of the dog be filled with much prosperity and happiness :-)

    Oh, and lots of great food!

  • At 1/28/2006 3:45 pm, Blogger Robyn said…

    Double happy Chinese New Year! SAVE ME SOME SAMMICH CAKES!!

  • At 1/28/2006 4:55 pm, Blogger Rachel said…

    Gong Wan
    Xi Shi
    Fa Ru
    Cai Yi

    May this year bring you much happiness and adventure with lots of food of course :)

  • At 1/29/2006 2:23 am, Blogger Cat said…

    cheers to a fabulous new year! love the colourful photos... those sandwich cakes look sooooo good. just thinking of vanilla custard between 2 soft cakes? *drool*

  • At 1/29/2006 10:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    happy new year dude!
    you went to chinatown yesterday??? did you see the dragons beard candy demo??? i was so mad that i missed it!

  • At 1/29/2006 3:22 pm, Blogger jismgor said…

    hope u stuffed urself last nite , and had lots of food left over! it means that you'll have food to eat forever (according to tradition)

  • At 1/29/2006 10:51 pm, Blogger FooDcrazEE said…


    Happy Chinese New Year. May you and your family be blessed with good health.

    Nice to see some pic of Chinatown. Kinda different atmosphere with Malaysia.

  • At 1/30/2006 9:13 am, Blogger Julia said…

    Gong xi fa cai Helen!

    I was at the Fish Markets on Saturday and was pleased to see the dragons making their way through each store :-)

  • At 2/20/2011 11:48 pm, Anonymous Jane said…

    My favourite Chinese New Year food (though you sometimes find it all year round) is the Dragon Beard Candy, an ancient Chinese Emperor’s Dessert. It’s made into very sweet thin strands and sometimes filled with peanuts.
    If you’ve never tried it, you simply have to!


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