Senior city officials in Chiang Mai have confirmed the schedule of events for this weekend’s Chinese New Year festivities. The city’s Chinatown area is the venue for a two-day festival of Chinese culture, shows and dance. The arrival of the Year of the Dog on Friday 16 February will be feted with Chinese lion-dancing, Chinese opera and dance, fireworks and firecrackers.
For the 2018 festival, the highlights of the performances will be traditional Chinese dance shows enacted by a troupe from Zhejiang and Fujianese opera. A stage is being erected beside the 7-Eleven across from Warorot Market for the festival. Children’s talent contests and the Miss Chinatown 2018 pageant will be hosted here too. The entertainment has been scheduled for both the 16 and 17 February and will run between 18:00 and 23:00.
According to Thai language news outlet TNews, a market will be set up on the streets around the stage. The 7-Eleven is on the corner of Wichayanon and Chang Moi roads and close to the River Ping. Vendors will sell signature Chinese snacks, mooncakes, souvenirs, clothing and accessories. The street market will be open during the day. Pung Thao Kong Shrine is the local temple for the Chinatown precinct and will be busy with ethnic Chinese lighting joss-sticks and making merit.