A FOUR metre tall Confucius statue has been unveiled in the centre of the new Chinatown in Southport.
Mayor Tom Tate joined Dr Zhao Yongchen, Consul General, People’s Republic of China and Mr Xiaodong Xu, Representative of Jining People’s Municipal Government for the unveiling of the statue and the laying of precinct’s foundation stone.
“I am proud to see our modern and international CBD being spearheaded by the development of our own vibrant Chinatown,” he said.
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“Chinatowns are a symbol of maturity, urban life and global identity. They are a place for people to celebrate and experience the diversity of different cultures, as well as a home away from home to thousands of international students and visitors.
“The Gold Coast is fortunate to have strong, international partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. This is highlighted by the fact that our Chinatown is being created with the help of our Asian Sister and Partnership Cities.”
The Confucius statue was designed and donated by the Jining People’s Municipal Government, China Glory Society, China Confucius Foundation, Shandong Provincial Glory Society and the Australia Confucius Institute.
Jining was the birthplace and home of Confucius. Confucius (551BC-479BC) was a well-known Chinese philosopher, statesman and educator, and the founder of the Confucian School.
“The Consul General and I have also laid the foundation stone to symbolise the establishment of Gold Coast Chinatown,” said Cr Tate.
“The City is working with our Sister and Partner Cities to design three traditional gateways, known as Paifangs, which will signal the entrances to the precinct. Lanterns, projection and public art will also be installed, creating a truly exciting destination for the Gold Coast.”
Gold Coast Chinatown is a $6.8 million project and will continue to progress with the $15 million dollar construction of Australia Fair Metro, due for completion around June. A number of new Asian restaurants and shops are set to move into the precinct over the coming year.
“Chinatown will host Chinese New Year Celebrations on Saturday 21 February to welcome in the Year of the Goat. Invite your family and friends to enjoy a great night of entertainment, food, culture, music and fireworks.”
For more information on Chinatown go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/chinatown