Chinese New Year 2014 in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

   Cairns Chinese New Year 2014 Festival stage dancing www.hotair.com.au

Chinese New Year in Cairns, January 28 to February 15, 2014 is estimated to be the biggest celebration ever for Cairns locals as well as an expected 20,000 visitors from China flying in direct to Cairns from China.

For many years, the local Australian Chinese residents have been working hard to build up the celebrations staged each year for Cairns locals on Grafton Street. From early days when a small group performed Chinese Dragon dances at the entrance to each Cairns Chinese Restaurant, the event has expanded now to a street festival and almost 10 days of activities. In 2014 Chinese New Year in Cairns will also include a special horse racing day, as the Cairns Horse Race Track is only a 5 minute drive from Cairns city and has the support of many of the Cairns business community.

In January and February 2014, the festivities for welcoming the Year of the Horse will also include all of the cruise boats that travel to the Great Barrier Reef. Experienced and world famous day reef tours like Quicksilver, Great Adventures, Ocean Spirit and Big Cat Green Island Cruises are all very prepared and practiced in hosting Chinese visitors. Special menus and Chinese speaking staff will be onboard all the boats to the Great Barrier Reef, during Chinese New Year.

Another must do for all visitors to Cairns for the 2014 Chinese New Year week, will be to float up at sunrise with Australia’s biggest balloon firm, locally owned Hot Air Balloon Cairns. One of the very first Australian companies to visit China and meet with the Chinese travel industry, for over 10 years, this hot air balloon tour, has hosted many happy Chinese visitors, seeing the Australian outback and some spectacular scenery, before breakfast, during their Australian holiday.

Cairns International Airport has flights direct from China via China Southern, Cathay Pacific and China Eastern with additional charter aircraft anticipated too. A rise in free independent travelers from China, booking local Cairns day tours and Cairns accommodation has happened, in addition to the series of Chinese group tours that are expected to have holiday schedules that include the 3 most popular attractions, seeing the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island , flying with Hot Air Balloon Cairns and seeing kangaroos in the wild by visiting Rainforestation in Kuranda to see koalas and crocodiles in their natural environment.

Holidaymakers from China are recommended to book well in advance to get their seats to these two very popular attractions, as they do fill up and booking while in Cairns can be difficult due to this busy time. So as not to miss out, it is suggested for all Cairns attraction and day tours to book ahead online as all Cairns day tours accept Union Pay, Visa and Mastercard and have secure payment websites, as they also take bookings all year from international visitors from USA, UK, Europe and New Zealand. Be assured that the highly experienced and professional Cairns day tour companies are all locally owned and provide very high levels of service to Chinese visitors.

For more information please contact these local Cairns companies direct:

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

Great Adventures Green Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Big Cat Green Island Cruise

Queensland Government Tourism & Events

Cairns Local Chinese Community Association

Cairns Chinese New Year 2014 Festival stalls www.hotair.com.au        Cairns Chinese New Year 2014 Festival stage www.hotair.com.au

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