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


Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Banquet Guide 2017

Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Banquet Guide 2017

With the Lunar New Year Street Party  in Chinatown  just around the corner on the 4th February, we’ve prepared a updated banquet guide as well as our top recommendations Call the restaurant for bookings and the latest on set menu’s and special banquet offerings. Red Chili: (08) 8231 9661 / 86 Grote Street T-Chow: (08) 8410 1413 / 68 Moonta Street Park Lok: (08) 8212 8316 / 130 Grote Street House of Chow: (08) 8223 6121 / 82 Hutt Street Ding Hao: (08) 8211 7036 / 26 Gouger Street Star House: (08) 8221 6303 / 1/31-39 Gouger Street Kingdom Chinese: (08) 8123 6498 / 31 Gouger Street Dragon Court Seafood: (08) 8231 9456 / 81-83 Gouger Street Vietnam Restaurant: (08) 8447 3395 / 73 Addison Road, Pennington Check out the Vietnam Restaurant’s Facebook page for updates on set banquets and their annual LNY street party. Gong Xi Fa Cai!  


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.


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


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…


Lunar New Year in Chinatown Adelaide announced 2017

Lunar New Year 2016 an insider guide

Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia (CASA) have officially announced that Lunar New Year Celebrations will be held on 4th February 2017! The Street Party on Moonta Street (Chinatown) and Gouger Street will be filled with stalls, exhibitions, and entertainment from cultural groups showcasing Asian cultures and traditions of arts, crafts and foods. This year, it is anticipated that over 20,000 people fwill be expected to attend the Street Party! The Lunar New Year celebrations in Adelaide get bigger and better every year. Here’s hoping for great weather! We’ll keep you updated with many more details soon. If you are interested in becoming a stallholder you can download the application here  or call Jacky Yang on 0425 511 113.


New Development in Chinatown Adelaide – The Chinatown Plaza

Chinatown Plaza in Chinatown Adelaide

Irena Zhang hopes the winter refurbishment of her Chinatown Food Plaza on Moonta St will lead to a face-lift for one of the city’s most iconic cultural sectors. “It could be the start of a new Chinatown,” said the former president of Chinatown Adelaide, art gallery owner and current board member of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust.  “We will rename the hall as Chinatown Plaza and it will be a mix of hospitality, retail and tourism. We want a lot more retail shops to come in, gift shops and fashion.” Currently, there are a still a couple tenancies remaining so if you’ve been thinking of starting a cafe or bistro, this could be an exciting new possibility. Right in the heart of Chinatown and adjacent to the famous and soon to be redeveloped Central Markets. Message Chinatown Plaza for more information. Source: Chinatown Food Hall revamp to bring new life