CHINESE NEW YEAR 2017 IN CAIRNS
The Year of the Rooster is forecast for visitors to Cairns, Australia to be one of the best ever. All prepared to welcome thousands of visitors traveling to Queensland Australia. Many Chinese visitors will enjoy the top 3 things to do in Cairns, a visit to Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef is number one. Enjoy seeing the coral and colourful fish of the Reef, either by snorkeling or by glass bottom boat or submarine. There is so much to see, Big Cat Green Island cruises as well as Great Adventures Great Barrier Reef cruises and Quicksilver cruises all have daily tours to the Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef with information for Chinese visitors in Mandarin as well as all have Chinese speaking staff to ask questions of any time. The weather in Cairns in January is often wide open blue skies.
The next top thing to do is go floating with Hot Air Balloon Cairns that has daily balloon rides west of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the 360 degree views and wide open spaces of the tropical environment. Watch out to see kangaroos from your hot air balloon too. During Chinese New Year a fleet of up to 10 colourful balloons will be flying every day. Book ahead to go as Hot Air Balloon Cairns is very popular and there is fixed capacity, so don’t miss out and book instant online tickets at http://www.hotair.com.au/cairns/ or http://www.hot-air.cn/cairns/
A visit to a local Zoo or Wildlife Park is the third most popular attraction in Cairns for Chinese visitors, see crocodiles and koalas as well as many other local animals. There are lots of opportunities to take photos and purchase souvenirs at the Zoo also.
Cairns City for Chinese New Year 2017 is working to make it the biggest yet for the district with a street festival and many other events planned for the week before and week after, Chinese New Year. The festivities of Lunar New Year mean it is one of the most popular cultural events in the district not just for the Chinese visitor but also among the local community. Dragon and lion dances and fire crackers will happen every day at most Chinese restaurants in Cairns with many red and gold (the colours of good luck and wealth) Lucky envelopes, given during celebrations.
The booming roar of Chinese drums and crash of cymbals will accompany in the colourful celebrations of the Cairns Chinese New Year 2017 Street Festival in Grafton Street, Cairns, between Spence and Shields St. Hot Air Balloon Cairns after a morning ballooning, will also have free transfers for drop-off to many of the locations in Cairns city offering Chinese New Year festivities. Hundreds of locals and visitors will attend and entertainment will range from traditional lion eye dotting ceremony, cultural dancers, fire crackers, martial art performances and Chinese dragon and lion displays. The night sky will also stream with colour for the inaugural fireworks, twice in the evening. During the Festival look out for
• Traditional Lion Dance & Drummers
• Live Snake exhibition
• Dragon Parade
• Molihua Chinese Dancers
• Chinese Food made by local families
• Children’s Activities
• China Travel Expo
• Fireworks and more
Just 5 minutes’ drive from Cairns city at the Cairns Botanical Gardens there will be a CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOP at the Tanks Art Center. There is also a Chinese movie night as well as finish Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations in Cairns why not look out for a Cairns Taipan Basketball game at the Cairns Convention Center which is only one or two blocks from all major Cairns accommodation. Of course, there is plenty of shopping in Cairns, for souvenirs, walk around Cairns city and see many shops run by local Cairns families, they are expert in helping you with a koala toy, some local Cairns food packages like Mangoes, Macadamias or chocolates shaped like fish!