Chinese New Year celebrations at Lions Park.
Chinese New Year celebrations at Lions Park.

Celebrating Year of Tiger

THE Chinese New Year was welcomed with a bang at Lions Park on Saturday with festivities celebrating the Year of the Tiger, as well as the 12-year sister city relationship between Bundaberg and Nanning.

A 12-strong delegation from Nanning which included government officials, performers and journalists, attended the festivities with entertainment such as a traditional Chinese dragon dance, aerial acrobats, fire twirling, Chinese performers and fireworks.

Nanning Municipal Government deputy director Xue Dongguang said the trip had helped solidify the city’s ties with Bundaberg.

“I think this trip will make this close friendship even closer,” Mr Dongguang said.

The relationship with Bundaberg was important to the people of Nanning.

“The special friendship comes because Bundaberg is our first sister city and we have more than a 10-year history to develop a trade relationship,” he said.

Bundaberg Regional Council mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said there had been informal talks about trade during the visit.

“They have extended an invitation for a business delegation to attend their large industry expo at the end of the year,” she said.

Cr Pyefinch said council would talk with local industries and the chamber of commerce to gauge interest in attending the expo.

She said despite a slow start due to the hot weather, the crowd had enjoyed the entertainment.

“The aerial ropes performer — I think she astounded everyone with what she could do,” the mayor said.



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