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Tuesday, 5th February 2019
The 4th of February marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year period. Port Campbell and many other coastal towns will see an increase in visitor numbers from countries celebrating the 2019 Lunar New Year such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, as well as from Australian resident domestic Chinese families. This increase in visitors means busier roads, restaurants and motels, we recommend you book your favourite spot to avoid disappointment.
Visiting with Chinese speaking friends and family? Check out our Chinese website.
‘Chunyun’ (春运), passenger transportation around Chinese New Year, is the biggest annual mass migration on the planet. source www.whatsonweibo.com
While we only see a small portion of this visitation it can still make things busier than usual.
We advise all visitors to take advantage of quiet times (and best light for photography) and try and visit attractions to the east of Port Campbell (Gibson Steps, 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge) between dawn and 10am and 6:30pm and sunset. Areas to the west of Port Campbell (London Bridge, the Arch, the Grotto and Bay of Islands are generally quieter and an ideal springboard to get off the coast and onto the 12 Apostles Food Artisan Trail.
- This is peak visitor season, allow extra time to visit the region.
- Obey Traffic management signs and take extra care on the roads.
- Overnight stays allow you to see more
- Book your accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment as some destinations may be heavily booked
- Visitor Information Centres can assist you in planning your journey.
- There are a number of routes to access the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles.
- Include lots of stops to break up your journey.
Want to join the celebrations? Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Tangerines and oranges are auspicious Chinese New Year symbols. In Mandarin, “Tangerine” sounds similar to 'luck' and “orange” sounds similar to 'wealth‘. The bright orange colour represents 'gold'!
Why not try some Chinese cuisine? Food is one of the things that the Chinese take most pride in. Here are some common dishes seen on every table during the New Years Eve Feast:
- Spring Rolls
- Whole Steamed Fish
- Whole Steamed Chicken
- Nian Gao – Rice Cake
- Vegetable dishes of Preserved Vegetables
- Hot Pot
Key Lunar New Year dates:
- New Years Eve: Monday 4th February
- Lunar New Year: Tuesday 5th February
- Spring Festival Golden Week Holiday: Wednesday 6th February to Sunday 10th February
- Mainland China Public Holiday Days: Monday 4th February to Sunday 10th February
The Pig is the 12th of the zodiac animals. Various myths explain why the Pig is the last of the Zodiac animals. One myth suggests that the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another myth describes that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take 12th place.
Travellers during this period will be in a festive mood so why not try out a greeting like Happy New Year!
Let's try it phonetically Tsin Neean Kwy Ler
Lunar New Year 2019
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