Tuesday, April 05, 2016

There'd be a dragon

At times I am not the most timely blogger. Chinese New Year celebrations were in February and it is now April. No, it must have been for our Moomba Parade. Perhaps this will cheer the poor souls with some colour and movement who are already missing summer. I was at work so R took some photos for me. It is the first year that Chinese dragon has started down below, that I know of.

It is the longest processional dragon in the world and its history makes for some interesting reading. There has been considerable involvement by the Wang family, which is probably meaningless to most who don't remember the Wang Emporium in Little Bourke Street; a store filled with all manner of exotica back then and was great fun to visit.




Beating the drum. I wish I had been home to see it.


29 comments:

  1. Andrew I love Chinese dragon

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    1. It's a beauty, Gosia.

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  2. All on your doorstep. What a pity you had to work.

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    1. Marie, it seem the parade is creeping further and further from the city. We don't mind at all.

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  3. I remember being surprised by the dragon one year at our Botanical Gardens. I'd forgotten about Chinese New Year and was delighted to hear the drum and see the dragon winding along the paths between trees.

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    1. River, that must have been really funny to come across it in the gardens. I bet possums weren't so impressed.

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  4. I would love to see that. Such a pity you couldn't be home. Next year.

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    1. EC, yes, maybe next year.

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  5. I have had students in the past who do the lion dance here in Cairns. Of course Chinese New Year is really big here because they fly in plane loads of Chinese tourists for their New Year.

    More photos from R? He is becoming your guest photo-blogger. Nice. I hope he took pics of that bleached grout.

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    1. Carol, that's interesting about the tourists. Cairns must make sure it is good value for the visitors. I make a little effort with photos, R makes none, so we won't see too many he has taken here.

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  6. I used to see the Chinese dragon in Bendigo, surrounded by huge crowds. And I loved Bendigo's Golden Dragon Museum, "opened in 1991 to document, interpret and preserve the Chinese heritage in Australia".

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    1. Hels, while I have been to the Chinese Museum in town, Bendigo museum is on my list for our next visit.

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  7. He is a great dragon and such a size.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, and with many human legs propelling him along.

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  8. Certainly colourful.
    Can say I have never seen in our city, I do know it's done down south.

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    1. Margaret, yes down south, where the weather seems to be regularly warmer than here of late. But having just watched Catalyst, it is a worry.

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    2. We also watched Catalyst - and it is a worry.

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  9. What fun! Were the pictures taken from your apartment?

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    1. They were Sandra. I can never imagine being without the views we have.

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    2. I always thought it would be fun to have access to a high rise, watch fireworks and parades:)

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    3. Sandra, while we never tire of the views, seeing fireworks does not really excite us anymore, having seen so many. Parades are a bit of a novelty though, but charity fun runs are not.

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  10. Long long dragon!

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    1. Strayer, the longest in the world.

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  11. How amazing seeing that from home.....all we have is the bin lorry

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    1. Well John, we don't have room for a pony.

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  12. Beating the drum is right. After a burst of that drumming one might wish not to have been at home to hear it.

    We see the dragon ceremony a lot in Sydney's Chinatown including for the 'auspicious' opening of new stores and restaurants. As colourful as the event is, the drumming accompanying the dragon can be headache inducing when you are trapped in the crowd trying to make your own progress.

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    1. Victor, we were once caught up in the celebrations in Melbourne's Chinatown. The drums combined with the fire crackers was deafening. And then the crackers set alight the second storey of a shop and imagine the fire trucks trying to push through the crowds in Little Bourke Street.

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  13. Wow R had the best seat in town.

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    1. Diane, visually he did. I am not sure if they were really performing at this point. I must ask R.

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