A SERIES of Taiwanese designs for Southport’s Chinatown were revealed to Gold Coast City councillors on Wednesday morning.
The streetscape is expected to be completed by mid 2014 with the cultural establishments such as lanterns and customised street furniture adding the finishing touches which is set to make the Gold Coast Chinatown truly unique.
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City of Gold Coast is working in partnership with Asian sister cities to design and donate the symbolic gateways to the precinct, known as a Paifang.
Designs revealed to councillors show a Wealth Paifang proposed for Davenport Street; A Harvest Paifang for the eastern end of Young Street; and a Harmony Paifang at the western end of Young Street.
Taipei has undertaken a design competition where they invited five international architects to come up with a design for the wealth gate.
Beihai has designed a harvest gate for Young Street.
It’s expected the Mayor will travel to China in March to discuss plans for the harmony gate.
Chinatown is leading the revitalisation of Southport as the Gold Coast’s new CBD and strengthening it as a place to do business, be entertained, to live and be educated.
With council now committing almost $6million in to the project, Gold Coast Chinatown will bring a sense of home and community to the thousands of international tourists and students coming to the city every year.