The Year of the Ox

Celebrate the Lunar New Year. Sydney Style.

12 February 2021


They say the Year of the Ox is said to be a year of hard work, positivity and honesty – traits that, given 2020, are more than welcome.

With the beginning of the Lunar New Year beginning today,  this year’s celebration offers Sydneysider’s a vibrant range of culinary, festive and family friendly options.


Taste of Chinatown
Discover a hidden Chinatown with a food tour from Taste Tours, a family-friendly experience brimming with traditional and modern Chinese, Korean and Malaysian dishes alongside stories of Haymarket’s history.

For those looking something vegan and social media-friendly – Bodhi Restaurant & Bar are celebrating the Lunar New Year with a special menu for all of February. Or maybe try something hands-on with a two-hour dumpling-and-cocktail masterclass at The Gardens by Lotus.

For a formal affair, try a banquet at Neil Perry’s Spice Temple, a show at the Sydney Opera House and a nightcap at the Shanghai-style bar, Uncle Mings.


 Set Your Sights. 
The panoramic views, Chinese-inspired cocktails and delicious share plates at Blu Bar, on 36 at Shangri-La Hotel are an atmospheric way to celebrate the Year of the Ox. Alternatively, embrace the celebrations from above with a birds eye view atop Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb.


Explore the Market
The Rocks Lunar Markets are home to range of festive experiences, including bustling stalls, magicians, Chinese lion dancers and live music performances, including DJ Mowgli May tonight at 4pm.

Lose yourself in the work of influential Australian Chinese artist, Lindy Lee, at her exhibit Moon in a Dew Drop at the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Learn Something New
Darling Harbour invites you this Lunar New Year to embrace the Ox and give something a go. Become a mahjong master or take some time to meditate and sip tea. Try your hand at traditional Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, or settle in for a movie on the water. Explore awe-inspiring installations, including the than larger-than-life Ox Lanterns and giant artworks of contemporary artist, Chris Yee.

If you’re looking to get extra crafty, make your way over to Randwick and learn how to make Chinese lanterns by hand.



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