Chinese New Year Sydney: how to celebrate in style

Luminous lanterns, sizzling street food and impressive live performances are just the start of what’s on offer this Chinese New Year Sydney. The second Chinese zodiac animal, the Ox, is all about hard work, positivity and honesty, all things we’re welcoming this year.

Whether you’re a foodie, keen to get amongst the action or looking for family fun, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Chinese New Year 2021. Beginning on February 12th, welcome The Year of the Ox with these exciting Lunar New Year celebrations.

Authentic Eats

Chinese New Year Sydney
Bodhi Restaurant and Bar

Discover the history of Chinese Australians on the ultimate foodie tour of Chinatown with Taste Tours. Unlock the traditions of Lunar New Year by sampling authentic and modern dishes from China, Korea and Malaysia. Explore hidden landmarks and hear stories from Chinese settlers whilst enjoying all the tasty treats on offer.

When wandering the streets of Chinatown, why not check out the micro-forest in Haymarket, an initiative to regenerate plants and species.

Lover of vegan eats? A fan of very Instagrammable desserts? Pay a visit to Australia’s original vegan restaurant – Bodhi Restaurant & Bar and have your desires satisfied. Bodhi celebrates Chinese New Year Sydney for the entire month of February with a very special menu.

Wanting something a little more hands-on? Join the team at The Gardens by Lotus for an exciting two-hour class. You’ll learn the secrets and skills required to make amazing cocktails and dumplings.

Looking to make a night of it? Book in for a special banquet at Neil Perry’s Spice Temple. Follow this up with a show at the Sydney Opera House and a nightcap at Uncle Mings, a hidden Shanghai-style bar.

Take in the Sites in Style

Chinese New Year Sydney
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Prefer to take a seat and soak up panoramic views of Sydney? Sip Chinese-themed cocktails and nibble on delectable share plates at Blu Bar on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel. Celebrating Chinese New Year 2021 in style, it’s a delicious and auspicious celebration.

Alternatively, take in the sights from a birds eye view atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the unforgettable BridgeClimb experience.

Explore the Markets

Chinese New Year Sydney
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With an impressive range of Lunar New Year-inspired bites and banquets, there is something delicious for all taste buds during Chinese New Year Sydney.

Start your adventure by exploring the The Rocks Lunar Markets. This collection of kiosks is home to a jam-packed program. There are entertainers, bustling stalls and even a roving magician. Expect performances by roaming Chinese lion dancers and DJ Mowgli May.

Whilst in The Rocks, lose yourself in the work of influential Australian Chinese artist Lindy Lee. Her exhibit, Moon in a Dew Drop, is at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Learn New Skills

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Darling Harbour has pulled out all the stops this Chinese New Year 2021. Fulfil your dreams of becoming a mahjong master or take some time to taste teas and meditate.

Alternatively, try your hand at traditional Chinese brush painting and calligraphy before settling in for a movie on the water. Don’t forget to explore the awe-inspiring installations by contemporary artist Chris Yee, including larger-than-life Ox Lanterns and a giant artwork.

If you’re looking to get extra crafty, head over to Randwick and learn how to make Chinese lanterns by hand for your Lunar New Year celebrations.

Family Fun

Chinese New Year Sydney
Chinese New Year Sydney

For an unforgettable experience, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is offering all-you-can-eat dumplings and exclusive after-hour access. Join them on The Koala Rooftop or the Croc Den for truly unique Lunar New Year celebrations surrounded by a number of iconic Australian animals.

Whilst in the neighbourhood, get your Aussie Animal Passport and explore the depths of the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Make your Chinese New Year Sydney celebrations one for the history books.

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