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Chinese New Year dragons on Kensington Street
Photograph: David Li

The best Chinese New Year events in Sydney

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with food, fireworks and festivities around town

By Time Out editors
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Lunar New Year is a shared celebration for many cultures represented in Sydney, including our Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean communities. Sydney's official festival program alone has more than 90 events across arts, culture, food and sport, making it one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside Asia.

We've picked out some of the highlights welcoming in the Year of the Rat that are sure to satisfy your hunger and enlighten your cultural learning. In 2020, Chinese New Year is celebrated on Saturday, January 25.

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Chinese New Year events around Sydney

Lunar New Year Darling Harbour
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Lunar New Year in Darling Harbour

Things to do Fairs and festivals

For the Year of the Rat there will be 16 days of celebrations in the Chinatown-adjacent district, kicking off on Saturday January 25 with the Lunar Lanes Street Party and a professional Mahjong tournament at the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Spice up dinner time

Golden Century food overview
Golden Century food overview
Photograph: Anna Kucera

The best Chinese restaurants in Sydney

Restaurants Chinese

Whether you're after specialty Sichuan spots or hot Cantonese kitchens, Sydney has some seriously great Chinese restaurants in the CBD and surrounding suburbs. There are places where you can go all out on a mud crab, or simple Chinese dumpling houses. 

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