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Chinese New Year at The Rocks
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Come down to The Rocks to strut your stuff, shake your tail feathers and celebrate the dawning of the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster.

27 Januaryto12 February
27 Januaryto12 February
Locations around The Rocks,
Sydney, NSW, 2000

In its 21st year, the festival now extends all the way from Chinatown to the harbour. An internationally renowned celebration of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean culture, it’s Sydney’s third largest annual event … so make sure you get out and about amongst the action in 2017!

Plus there’s lots more happening in the city, from karaoke on top of the Harbour Bridge to moon gazing at Sydney Observatory.

The Rooster loves to be the centre of attention, and here at The Rocks it will be surrounded by all its zodiac friends. Follow the Lunar Lanterns trail around Circular Quay from the Opera House to Dawes Point (Tar-ra). Twelve spectacular zodiac animal lanterns, designed by Chinese–Australian artists and up to 10 metres high, will line the foreshore throughout the 17-day festival. 

The Rooster

The two Roosters engaged in a dancing fight symbolise their strength and courage in opposing the adversity of the coming year. To highlight the Roosters’ beauty and confidence, vibrant colours feature throughout their feathers.

This lantern towers eight metres in height, ensuring that these two magnificent creatures are the centre of attention.

The Sheep

The Sheep lantern is a celebration of traditional Chinese methods and materials, fused with contemporary design. This is one Sheep that will stand out in a crowd!

Reminiscent of a piece of Chinese porcelain, with blue patterns on a white background, the fabric on the lantern has been hand painted and glittered to create a bespoke effect.

The Dragon

Illuminated by 400 LED globes, this mythical Dragon highlights China’s emerging cultural identity, mixing traditional Chinese three dimensional carving techniques with the colours of Western pop art.

Legend has it the Dragon makes your heart beat faster!

The Snake

The physical allure of the snake is explored in its sinuous form, suspended under Circular Quay train station.

Inspired by the traditional art of Chinese kite making, this golden Snake flies above the public, representing prosperity and wealth. The artists have also featured the Chinese happiness symbols in the eyes as a symbol of good fortune for the coming year.

The Dog

Who doesn’t love a puppy? Resplendent in Chinese fabric, the Dog lantern is playful and cute, standing at over four metres tall sitting on a rich red pagoda.

Its beautifully printed fabric was custom designed and printed in Sydney. The eye-catching golden collar is made from Chinese fabrics, and attached is a cinnabar ball, symbolising health and wellbeing.

The Rat

The Rat lantern is inspired by Guo Jian’s experience of moving to Australia and being embraced and supported by the Sydney LGBTI community.

At first glance, the Rat is light, fun and visually entertaining but look closer and you’ll see the Chinese character for ‘LOVE’ creating a bridge between China and Sydney.

The Monkey

The three wise Monkeys, who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, look towards the pencil, which is mightier than the sword.

The Monkey lantern continues Tan’s playful exploration of Chinese linguistics and symbolism, and developments in CAD technology. Each Monkey stands five metres tall and is made up of more than 1,600 pattern pieces.

The Ox

The majestic Ox takes pride of place near the Overseas Passenger Terminal this Lunar New Year, in a stunning display featuring over 26,000 LED pixels.

A nod to the iconic game of Mahjong, the ten metre high Ox is made up of hundreds of illuminated Mahjong tiles, filling the night air with an enchanting light creating a link between heaven and earth. Commonly played during festive seasons, the use of Mahjong tiles gives a playfulness and joy to this sturdy zodiac animal.

The Tiger

Standing over seven metres tall and five metres wide, the Tiger keeps away disease and evil, and wards off disasters with over 1,000 illuminated LED globes.

Five colourful, spinning pinwheels represent harmony and success, and a message of “Happy Lunar New Year” can be read above this impressive beast.

The Horse

Inspired by the famous chariots found alongside the unearthed Terracotta Warriors.

Acknowledging China’s long military history, the Horse lantern depicts ancient war horses leading a chariot.

The Pig

Inspired by the motherly nature of pigs and the classic line “pig in a blanket,” the artist has created a patchwork quilted pig with her four piglets.

The Rabbit

Discover these eight playful rabbits dressed in green, blue, yellow, red & purple happi coats, practicing Tai Chi with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the backdrop.

Chinese New Year Festival Curator Claudia Chan Shaw invites you to join the circle and try out rabbit Tai Chi poses, or just wander among these whimsical creatures and get in the bunny spirit.

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