By Cas Allan, 10 February, 2013

Ben Jagmann dressed in emperor costume at Chinese New Year festivities, Surfers Paradise, Sunday 10 January 2013. Credit Brenton Allan.

Ben Jagmann dressed in emperor costume at Chinese New Year festivities, Surfers Paradise, Sunday 10 January 2013. Credit Brenton Allan.

Chinese culture came to the Gold Coast today to celebrate Chinese New Year and to welcome the year of the snake.

Crowds of onlookers in Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise took advantage of a spectacular summer afternoon to take in the exotic entertainment offered.

Members of the Mudgeeraba Chinese Kung Fu group performed a lion dance captivating the audience with their humour and acrobatics.

The lions cavorted among the audience giving everyone a chance to see them up close.

The hot and humid weather was telling upon the dancers who were obviously heat distressed at the end of their dance but they were none the less elated by a successful display.

Street stalls and competition venues dotted the sidewalk.  Table tennis exhibition games were fast and furious and the chopsticks competition and lantern decorating kept many small hands occupied.

 

First Australian welcomes Eastern culture to Surfers Paradise

First Australian Luther welcomes Eastern culture to Surfers Paradise during Chinese New Year festivities, Sunday 10 January, 2013. Credit: Brenton Allan.

The entertainment continued into the afternoon as the centre stage became the venue for displays of dramatic Chinese costumes, dance and music.

Guests from China, locals and visitors were welcomed by First Australian, Luther, of the Yugambeh Aboriginal community, Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO, Mike Winlaw,  and Councillor, Lex Bell.

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