Sydney Chinese New Year 2015

Kung Hei! Kung Hei! Hope you all had a good Chinese/Lunar New Year if you celebrate. If not, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I spent mine on a day out with The Parents to check out the Chinese New Year festivities around The City. And boy, am I knackered!

We started by visiting our local temple to pay our respects. We went early to avoid the crowds. It can get very busy on the first weekend after New Year’s Day. I won’t tell you what I prayed for, but after we paid our respects we went for an impromptu yum cha session at Iron Chef in Cabramatta.

Oh man, those custard egg tarts. I was so full, but could have eaten that whole plate on my own. Yum! After stuffing our my face, we waddled around Cabramatta for a little while before hopping on a train to The City. We headed to Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour to check out the Chinese Lantern Carnival.

As bright, colourful and cheery as these lanterns are, we were there just too early to enjoy their full glowing beauty at night. Nevertheless, we enjoyed seeing these displayed around Darling Harbour. I wish they could stay around for a while.

After wandering around Darling Harbour, I convinced The Parents to come with me and check out the Chinese Garden of Friendship. I won’t share my walk through the gardens just yet, because I went a little snap-happy and have a lot to share. But after a few hours in the gardens and then getting some food from the local stalls (oh my gosh, peking duck roti is amazing!) and watching some live entertainment, we headed to Dawes Point for the main reason we went out in the first place: The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors.

There are ninety 2.1m high warriors and two horses that make up this lantern army. It was created by Chinese artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Walking amongst them all was great. I can’t really find the words to describe this artwork. It’s just amazing, and I’m glad we got the opportunity to see it in person. Naturally, the warriors got brighter as the sky became darker.

All in all, it was a long but fun-filled day. It was nice to do something with The Parents and I hope they enjoyed it too. I’m still feeling tired from all the walking we did that day! Maybe I should have prayed for new legs.

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