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Chinese New Year in Western Australia

Dancing lions, astrological roosters and firecrackers converge to make Chinese New Year 2017 in Perth the most spectacular ever.

This year, the State Government is supporting a $1million expanded Chinese New Year program, with a focus on tourism, education and cultural exchange across Perth and regional WA.

It’s a Chinese New Year you’ll remember forever!

Join the fun with a huge range of activities and events that will light up Northbridge, Forrest Chase, Elizabeth Quay and beyond.

This website is your starting point to discover what’s happening for Chinese New Year 2017 and to be there for Perth’s most exciting celebrations!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Chinese new year at Elizabeth Quay

Ancient customs meet modern innovation at Elizabeth Quay, the #WACNY2017 hub, where the Perth riverfront is illuminated by 12 giant inflatable Zodiac lanterns featuring a six-metre Golden Rooster. To mark the Year of the Rooster, visitors can engage with a vibrant interactive lantern wall display that changes colour and formation at a touch, or marvel at exciting displays of traditional dancing, music and tai chi. Learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine with a variety of chef cooking demonstrations and indulge your taste buds at the Asian Street Food Market. The hub will also feature the #WACNY2017 Photographic Exhibition "Kiss the Sun, Marry the Moon", a collection of vintage black and white portraits of prominent Chinese migrants and contemporary portraits of local community members.


Stories from Western Australia’s Chinese community

Chinese migration to Western Australia begun in the 1840s.Now, around 16,000 China born people live in WA and more than 75,000 Western Australians have Chinese heritage.


Sister States

Chinese New Year has special significance in 2017 as Western Australia and Zhejiang Province celebrate 30 years of a close Sister State relationship.

This bond, formalised in 1987, opened the door to partnerships on training, innovation and culture. It encourages understanding and deeper friendship while unlocking new areas of exchange and collaboration that bring sustainable benefits to the people of Western Australia and Zhejiang.

The result? Both China and Western Australia enjoy the growth of new opportunities in trade, agriculture, health, education and much more.

The focus areas under the current MOU between WA and Zhejiang are economy and trade; business culture communications; scientific research; marine and fisheries; agriculture; education; cross border e-commerce; and aged care.