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Year of the Rooster launched

Last updated: 21/02/2017 1:03 AM
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Western Australians have rung in the biggest round of Chinese New Year celebrations seen in the State, with spectacular celebrations at Elizabeth Quay.

Lunar New Year festivities including dance, fashion, music and Tai Chi, as well as a giant six-metre tall Golden Rooster, huge Chinese lantern display and historic photographic exhibition at Elizabeth Quay.  A wide program of events will see something for everyone, with performances, activities and exhibitions for the whole family across the city, Elizabeth Quay, Northbridge and Bunbury.

Western Australia will welcome delegations from China of key opinion leaders, students and teachers. There will also be forums and conferences bringing together leaders and innovators in the creative, fashion, science and technology industries.

It is anticipated that the celebrations will build on the relationship and ongoing collaborations between Western Australia and China in these sectors.

This year's festivities will have special significance as 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and China and the 30th anniversary of WA's Sister State relationship with Zhejiang Province.

The program of activities have been coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Interests and are expected to draw an extra 8,000 visitors from China. Strong support is provided by a host of volunteers and also the Chung Wah Association.

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Fact file

  • Around 16,000 people born in China live in WA and about 80,000 West Australians have Chinese heritage
  • In 2015/16 around 47,000 Chinese tourists visited WA, spending around $224 million
  • China has been WA's biggest source of foreign students since 2003, with more than 37,000 Chinese students starting studies in WA in 2015.

(information from the 2011 Australian Census)