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The Star: February 15, 2018

28 Thursday [Edition

28 Thursday [Edition datE] February 15 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 2 CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR Lunar New Year 2018, Year of the dog On February 16, Chinese people here and around the world will celebrate the start of Chinese New Year, or as it is also known, the Lunar New Year, a significant event in their lives. Different from the calendar year, which runs from January 1 to December 31, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, so falls on a different day each year. Also, while the calendar year is divided into 12 months, the Chinese Lunar Calendar has 12 lunar years, with each one named for a designated animal – the 12 animals are snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit and dragon. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and more specifically the Earth Dog, for its elemental sign. The last Earth Dog year was 1958. The dog is regarded as an auspicious animal by the Chinese, and if one comes into a house, it symbolises that good fortune is on the way. Chinese people right across Asia and in countries around the world take part in the Lunar New Year celebrations, which traditionally run from the eve of the New Year through to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day. Families gather together for a Reunion Dinner on New Year’s Eve, and on New Year’s Day they clean their houses to get rid of bad fortune and make way for good fortune. Another tradition is the exchange of red packets containing money. Christchurch is also joining in celebrating the Year of the Dog with a parade on Sunday, February 25. Starting at 3pm from the Bridge of Remembrance, it will proceed along Cashel Street and Victoria St before ending at Cathedral Square. Colourful and exciting, the parade will feature pandas, dragons, lions and traditional Chinese dancers, with more performances in The Square when it finishes. Added joy for New Year celebrating At Joyful Restaurant in Riccarton Road, the focus is on creating an atmosphere of enjoyment and providing joyfully delicious food. Bright and spacious, it is the ideal place for family celebrations, as well as functions for up to 150 people, with the range of expertly prepared Chinese dishes sure to The Star please all palates. Quick, friendly service adds to the experience. One of the specialties, their fried dumplings, are regarded as among the best in town. Check the website www. joyfulrestaurant.co.nz for the full menu. Phone 341 6883 for group reservations. An exquisite Chinese dining experience The Dragon Express Chinese restaurant in Riccarton Road offers a truly authentic dining experience – from the exquisite dishes to the restaurant atmosphere. Renowned for its delicious Beijing Peking Duck, The Dragon Express is the only restaurant in Christchurch where the dish is prepared right at the table. And as you enjoy the Beijing Peking Duck you will feel as if you are really in China. Recognised for the unique quality of its food, Hong Kong is where The Red Dragon chef, Cliff, trained and he provides the same unique quality for all diners. Fully licensed, The Dragon Express is the perfect place to celebrate The Year of The Dog with family and friends. To book a table, phone 348 1805. joyful would like to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year! Dragon Express is a Chinese, dine-in, fully licensed restaurant where Chefs prepare food of the highest quality, to Hong Kong standards of finest dining. Voted by our customers as “The finest Peking Duck Restaurant in Christchurch since 2011” Wishing you all a happy & prosperous Chinese New Year! 102 Riccarton Road, Christchurch • Phone 03 341 6883 • www.joyfulrestaurant.co.nz Sunday to Thursday 11.30am - 3.30pm / 5.00pm - 9.30pm Friday to Saturday 11.30am - 3.30pm / 5.00pm - 10.00pm Yellow River Construction wish you a... Happy Chinese New Year joyful restaurant Phone: 03 261 9211 Website: yellowriver.co.nz 88 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch. Ph: 03 348 1805 www.thedragonexpress.co.nz THE CHINA KITCHEN B.Y.O & Fully Licenced Dumplings are shaped like gold ingots which symbolise wealth. Have your traditional Chinese dumpling at The China Kitchen this Chinese New Year to bring good fortune and prosperity to you all year! No MSG • Authentic Chinese Cuisine • The Best Dumplings in Town 17B Main North Road. Papanui, Christchurch. Phone: (03) 354 6818 DINE IN OR HOURS: Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am - 10pm, Closed Mondays TAKEAWAY www.chinakitchen.co.nz

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday February [Edition 15 datE] 2018 293 CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR Strengthening economic ties between China and New Zealand Christchurch-based NZCEI (New Zealand China Exchange Incorporated) offers best wishes to all Kiwis and Chinese for a Happy Lunar Year and a prosperous future. A non-profit organisation, NZCEI was registered in New Zealand on December 12, 2016. It provides a platform for exchange and co-operation between the two countries in multiple fields including trade, investment, culture and art, education, sport, tourism, science and technology with the aim of enhancing the connections between China and New Zealand by bringing groups of people together, an initiative that had the support of the New Zealand department of Internal Affairs. “Our responsibility and objective is the promotion of economic ties in all these areas between China and New Zealand,” chairman of NZCEI, Mr Steven Ma says. On December 6, 2017 NZCEI hosted a Canton Fair Promotion reception in the city, the first promotion of the fair in New Zealand. Canton Fair, which is a hyperactive business exhibition, has been held in China since 1957. It is widely known globally, and is similar to the Hanover Trade Fair and the Frankfurt Fair. The Canton Fair promotion reception in Christchurch was an example of how world trading events can be brought to the attention of New Zealand, Mr Ma says. “Through NZCEI, we can help get New Zealand products into China and other countries. It is a unique way of helping companies to make contact beyond their borders and obtain orders from international customers. “We are very proud to organise promotional activities like this to assist New Zealand and the local people, and we look forward to having more international events to enhance economic activity and create greater prosperity.” Following the event, NZCEI received a great deal of positive response and feedback from people wanting to be part of the next one, and it’s an opportunity for getting new leads and to promote New Zealand products to China and the rest of the world, Mr Ma says. NZCEI is currently helping Guang Zhou, a capital city of Guangdong Province, to launch a travel industry exhibition to promote New Zealand as a tourist destination for travellers from China and other countries. Mr Ma was also appointed as the special representative by Hui Zhou municipality to assist in setting up a liaison office in Christchurch for making connections and establishing economic ties in the technology, education and business sectors in New Zealand. One of the most developed cities in Guangdong Province, with a population of 4.6 million, Hui Zhou specialises in electronic and cell phone components and 80 per cent of the world’s mobile phone optical lenses are produced there. NZCEI in Christchurch will continue to create more exciting opportunities for international business links and co-operation between China and New Zealand, Mr Ma says. Available for two weekends only! GARDEN HOTEL•110 MARSHLANDS RD• SHIRLEY www.gardenhotel.co.nz • fb.com/GardenHotelRestaurant Happy Chinese New Year from Sunson Asian Supermarket Happy Chinese new year! In business since 1995, well-known brands of oriental food and other goods. Providing quality and the best price. Welcome wholesale and retail customers. 386 Riccarton Road, Upper Riccarton Ph. 03-341 5883 Our specialty Yum Cha dishes are available during the lunch sitting. Traditional Chinese restaurant Peking Duck, Honey BBQ Pork and Crispy Roast Pork. Our steamed fish, Egg Fu Young, Sizzling 300 Lincoln Road, Addington Phone: 03 339 8887 northandsouthgourmet.co.nz Dine in or Takeaway Celebrate Chinese New Year With Chinese traditional BBQ, hotpot and famous street food 62 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central. Phone: 03 379 7988