A cup of tea with Calvin Lai (Part 1)


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


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


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.


Creatives call for Chinatown Upgrade

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


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


2016/2017 Chinatown Adelaide SA Inc. Management Committee Members

Chinatown Adelaide SA Inc. Management Committee Members

The 2016/2017 Chinatown Adelaide SA Inc. Management Committee Members include President Eric Lai,  Jacky PI, Suki Han, Jacky Yang, James 吴弘毅, George Chin, Haiming Nie, Han Yan, Melvin Ming Fatt Lim, Minying Zhang and Ziang Troy Li. Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc. (CASA) is a non-profit organization incorporated at the end of 2003. It is formed by the traders, property owners of Chinatown precinct and other stakeholders in Adelaide City with the primary objective of promoting recreational, cultural, social and economic activities in Chinatown to the broader community of South Australia and beyond. Image by Eric Lai


Moonta St misses out on laneway and small street makeover

Moonta Street revitalisation

Moonta St should be included in the Adelaide laneway and small street $14.6 million makeover. laneways connecting the Central Market to the Riverbank. The inclusion of Moonta St into the upgrade of the small streets and laneways linking the Riverbank to Gouger St will provide another safe evening route to Gouger St and Chinatown. • Moonta St is already accessible to pedestrians. • Moonta St is a main route from Grote St. to Gouger St. • In evenings, the main safe laneway from Grote St. to Gouger St. All the local businesses, residents and tourism operators want is what has been highlighted and resources and upgrades promised in the past: 16th July 2011 ACDC Chinatown Redevelopment Strategy: http://tacdc.com.au/adelaides-chinatown-redevelopment-stra…/   22nd June 2012: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/…/story-e6frea83-1226405186256 Yarwood: http://chinatownadelaide.com/sa-chinese-weekly-interview-w…/ Haese: http://chinatownadelaide.com/sa-chinese-weekly-interview-w…/ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/…/story-e6frg6n6-1226909232…


Belle Property’s unique approach to real estate in Adelaide

Belle Property Adelaide City

Boutique real estate group, Belle Property, is redefining real estate in Adelaide by opening its first dual franchise. Led by Principal, Calvin Lai, the multicultural team of 27 employees who are fluent in seven languages, are set to deliver a personalised and unique approach to large scale projects and residential real estate. Making the strategic move to the boutique agency, Calvin and his team are now operating as two distinct brands, Belle Property Adelaide City and Belle Property International Adelaide. Belle Property Adelaide City is a specialist residential real estate company that focuses on resale and management of homes and apartments. Belle Property International is a world-class concierge partner that represents both property developers and investors across Asia and Australia. “We believe Adelaide has become an investment hot spot for Asian investors and we are proud to have Calvin and his team join the Belle Property family,” says Peter Hanscomb,


Join Irena Zhang and experience the breathtaking beauty of Opals

Irena Zhang, Australian Museum, Opals

Join Irena Zhang and experience the breathtaking beauty of Opals this summer at the South Australian Museum. The Opals exhibition showcases some of the world’s most exquisite jewellery and unique and fascinating specimens, never before displayed together. 25 September 2015–14 February 2016 – don’t miss out! In a stunning new exhibition from the South Australian Museum, Opals brings to life Australia’s most precious gemstone. It is a story millions of years in the making, from the heart of South Australia, where extraordinary circumstances transformed an ancient inland sea into a mysterious and desolate lunar landscape. From this desert arose radiant treasures that today are some of the most recognised symbols of Australia. Image by Richard Lyons.


Chinatown Adelaide guide to Lunar New Year 2016

Lunar New Year 2016 an insider guide

Lunar New Year 2016 is less than a month away! This special cultural holiday is celebrated in Adelaide’s Chinatown as close as possible to the date of Chinese New Year. The year of the Monkey begins on Monday 8th February with 2016 Chinatown celebrations held on Saturday 13th February. There is so much to see and do, we’ll try to cover this year’s festivities in detail so you can plan your day. OFFICIAL PROGRAM GUIDE – PROGRAM, UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS The event grows in size every year due the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc. (CASA) is the organiser of the event. The committee members are volunteers who work with cultural organisations to bring joy, happiness and prosperity to Adelaide every year. Since 2013 the event has spilled out of its traditional home in Moonta Street to also include Gouger Street. Prosperity Dinner A special mention