Saturday, January 28, 2012

FREE Chinese New Year Celebration Sunday Jan. 29

There are many Chinese New Year celebrations around Denver, but we consider the best to be the FREE lion dances performed by the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association at the Far East Center, at Federal and Alameda. Show is Sunday Jan. 29, noon. More info here. These are LOUD shows with plenty of firecrackers and great gymnastics.

Our tips? Wear red, the color of the New Year. Make sure you get there early (333 S. Federal) but don't even try to park in the Far East Center lot. You will have to find neighborhood street parking, and it is crowded, so be prepared to hoof it. Also you want plenty of time to peruse the fun Far East Center shops and pick up your basic Feng Shui accessories, dragon figurines or delicious teas. There are plenty of restaurants, but if you're low on funds be sure to hit the affordable and amazingly delish Celestial Bakery. (Cash only for anything below $5 but they take credit cards for anything above that amount. bakery.) Try the Cha Siu Bao (barbecue pork buns) or their highly addictive sesame balls stuffed with red bean paste.

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