A cup of tea with Calvin Lai (Part 1)

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Natural born leader and charismatic Chinatown identity Calvin Lai is the principal of Belle Property Adelaide City. Recently Belle Property Adelaide City announced they are a major sponsor of Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year 2017. We took some time to have a cup of tea and chat with Calvin about the coming LNY celebrations and what’s happening in Chinatown. As a sponsor of the coming LNY celebration in Chinatown, how do we improve Chinatown to become a major Adelaide city attraction? Chinatown and the Central Market Precinct already attract domestic and international attention as unique retail venue and dining destination. Our business community would like to improve that experience. In your opinion, what can we do? Our international staff are all very familiar with what Grote and Gouger Street have to offer and how it compares highly with other Chinatown in SE Asia. We already know that luxury tourists and HNWI “high

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Entrepreneurs call to action on Chinatown Precinct reinvigoration

Chinatown Adelaide reinvigoration

One of Australia’s leading advertising photographers Richard Lyons has called on Adelaide’s creatives including commercial property mogul and art gallery owner Irena Zhang, chief swashbuckler at Swashbucklers Club & the author of the Swashbuckler Guides series, Sputnik Sputnik, Asian tourism adviser and director Conan Fahey from the Australia China Development Company, urban designer and founder of EcoCaddy, Daniels Langeberg to listen and discuss how to assist the local traders and community leaders with their ideas and strategy for the re-invigoration of the Chinatown Precinct. Discussions were had with members from business and multicultural community including the Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc, the Hong Kong Australia Business Association South Australia Chapter, the Australia China Hebei Association Inc, the Australian Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc, the South Australia Xinjiang Association and the China Business Network of South Australia. What been highlighted to the State Government and Adelaide City Council: Moonta St to be included in

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2017 Chinatown Adelaide CASA Lunar New Year Party

2017 Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party

The Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia (CASA) Lunar New Year Street Party on Moonta Street and Gouger Street will be held on 4th February 2017! Moonta and Gouger Street will be filled with stalls, exhibitions, and entertainments from various cultural groups, showcasing Asian cultures and traditions of arts, crafts and foods. This year, CASA anticipate that over 20,000 people from all walks of life from all over South Australia and beyond will be expected to attend the Street Party. The 2017 CASA Lunar New Year Street Party presents an exhilarating program of multicultural performances across dance, music, fitness demos, martial arts, and the ultimate crowd pleaser: Fire Crackers and Lion Dance. 20 Lions performing lion dances for Lunar New Year The powerful Chung Yee Tong Lion Dance Troupe, Trinity College Lion Dance Troupe and Interschool Lion Dance Troupe Alliance, will kick off the party with an unforgettable lion dance performance.

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Richard Lyons and creatives call for Chinatown reinvigoration

Richard Lyons Chinatown Concept Artwork

Iconic SA Photographer Richard Lyons has recently asked the question. Should Chinatown Adelaide be improved? “Toward the end of last year I kicked up a fuss about the state of Chinatown. So I spoke to my partner in crime, Adelaide expat Carl Van Wijk in Tokyo… with his advice I invested some time and photographed the entrance so we could create a vision of what he and I thought it could look like potentially. If you say something negative you need to back it up with a positive right? So here it is. Just a mock up, get people talking perhaps? A few more lanterns, some visual imagery ( happy to provide) a big kick arse video screen in the middle rotating images of S.A, paint the town red and throw in a rickshaw or two. Let me know what you think?” 7 December 2016 Yesterday I expressed my thoughts

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Adelaide City Council admits Chinatown needs facelift

Chinatown Adelaide Upgrade

“Irena Zhang says that Chinatown Adelaide’s  Moonta Street thoroughfare has been left behind as Adelaide City Councillor Houssam Abiad leads a push for the destination to reap similar benefits and upgrades to Rundle Mall and the East End. After successfully passing a motion at the last council meeting of the year that a report into repairing and beautifying the precinct be prepared, Mr Abiad said it had been a long time coming. Ms Zhang said the $2 million revamp of a food hall off Moonta St should act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the entire surrounding precinct. “We all know that Chinatown is an attraction and it is almost embarrassing to look at it now. A lot of it is in bad condition, particularly along Moonta St,” she said. Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia (CASA)  vice president George Chin said the area was one of the city’s busiest and

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