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Celebrate the Year of the Tiger in the CORE District

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FEBRUARY 12

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The City of Richardson, CORE District merchants, Dallas Chinese Community Center, and DFW Chinatown invite you to join us for the Annual Chinese New Year Festival, celebrating the Year of the Tiger. Fun for all ages, this signature event features stunning dragon and lion dances, musical and martial arts demos, art making and calligraphy, specialty booths, and cultural performances. 
The event will be held at DFW Chinatown - the epicenter of Asian food culture in the Dallas metro area comprised of titillating restaurants, grocery stores, and bakeries. Immerse yourself in a traditional Asian experience from the moment you step foot in the shopping center. Chinese, Japanese, Korean…you name it! DFW Chinatown is your one-stop location for all things Asian cuisine. 
Richardson is known as one of the "Best Foodie Cities" in the USA by apartments.com, so come hungry and enjoy over 20 Asian restaurants in the CORE District, including 12 in the Chinatown area. Participating restaurants are listed below and can be found on the interactive map. Participating CORE District businesses located outside of Chinatown will be displaying red lanterns outside of their business and may offer specials throughout the day to celebrate the new year! 
After the Festival concludes at 2:00pm in Chinatown, join us in the Lockwood District (520 Lockwood Drive) for a second Lion Dance performance and a Noodle Pulling Demonstration Chef Andrew Chen of Monkey King Noodle Co.

schedule

10:00am - Chinatown District Event Beings - Vendors Open, Culture Exhibits Open

11:30am - Roaming Lion Dance

12:00pm - Performances Begin

1:30pm - Performances End

2:00pm - Chinatown District Event Ends

 

After Festival Hours Celebrations

2:05pm - Lion Dance in Lockwood District Parking Lot (514 Lockwood Drive)

2:30pm - Roaming Lion Dance at Lockwood District Restaurants

3:00pm - Noodle Pulling Demonstration at Monkey King Noodle Co. (520 Lockwood Drive)

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2022 - The Year of the Tiger

The Year of the Tiger is the third of 12 astrology signs in the Chinese Zodiac. The Lunar New Year marks the transition from one sign into another, which in this case is Ox into Tiger. Early February will see the Year of the Ox draw to a close and the Year of the Tiger begin. The slow, gentle and hardworking nature of the ox, which manifested the mood of 2021, will be replaced by the speed, strength and power of the tiger in 2022. The tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. Many Chinese kids wear hats or shoes with a tiger image of for good luck.

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 performances 11:30am - 1:00pm (times are approximate) 

Roaming Lion Dance - Performance by Wang Tao Kung Fu
Keep an eye out for lions as they roam throughout Chinatown to help bring luck and happiness to the new year.
               Roaming Lion Dance - 11:30am
               Lion Dance - 12:00pm

               2nd Performance at Lockwood District - 2:00-2:45pm

Dragon Dance - Performance by Wang Tao Kung Fu
Chinese dragons are a symbol of China's culture, and they are believed to bring good luck to people. The dragons are believed to possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both fearsome and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and it was an emblem to represent imperial authority. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolize historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity.
Dragon Dance - 12:20pm


Chinese Folk Orchestra - Performance by UNT Chinese String Orchestra Group
Founded in January 2016, The UNT Chinese Ensemble is the first Chinese ensemble established at a Texas university. Directed by renowned pipa soloist and traditional Chinese music director, Yuxin Mei, the ensemble uses Chinese instruments and plays in the traditional "Silk Bamboo" style.
Chinese Folk Orchestra - 12:30pm


Chinese String Orchestra - Performance by Er Hu & Gu Zheng (Zhang's Sisters)
Chinese String Orchestra - 12:50pm

Cheongsam Fashion Show
The cheongsam, also known as the qipao, is a type of Chinese form-fitting garment of Manchu origin. It is a high-necked, closely fitted and often short-sleeved dress with the skirt portion slit partway up the side. It was known as the mandarin gown during the 1920s and 1930s, when it was modernized by Chinese socialites and high society women in Shanghai.

Guzheng Instrument Show
The guzheng traces its roots to China before the 6th century BCE. The oldest zheng found so far dates to about 598 BCE. It was found in Guìxī county in Jiāngxī province in Southern China in 1979. Scholars debate how guzheng came about. Some say it was based on a zither made out of a single board, some say it was based on one made from bamboo, and others say it developed independently.


Umbrella Dance
The Umbrella Dance is a very popular folk dance during the Han Dynasty in China. The dance originated from a district in China well known for making umbrellas, thus the Umbrella Dance shows many local elements of this district.

Tibet Song with Dance - Performance by Jinhong Liu
The cham dance (Tibetan: འཆམ་, Wylie: 'cham) is a lively masked and costumed dance associated with some sects of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist festivals. The dances often offer moral instruction relating to karuṇā (compassion) for sentient beings and are held to bring merit to all who perceive them.
Tibet Song with Dance - 12:55pm


Fan Dance - Performance by Frisco Forever
The Chinese fan dance is performed in celebration of Chinese culture. It represents beauty, grace and delicacy, according to the Chinese Educational Development Project. It also expresses feelings of joy.
Fan Dance - 12:45pm

Kung Fu Show - Performance by Wang Tao Kung Fu
Kung fu refers to the Chinese martial arts also called wushu and quanfa. In China, it refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial arts. There are many forms of kung fu, such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Tai chi, etc., and they are practiced all over the world. Each form of kung fu has its own principles and techniques, but is best known for its trickery and quickness, which is where the word kung fu is derived. 
Kung Fu Show - 12:35pm

Noodle Pulling (La Mian) at Lockwood (520 Lockwood Drive - Monkey King Noodle Co.)
Time: 3:00pm Following the Lockwood Lion Dance
Oodles of noodles are an important ingredient in a Chinese New Year spread, especially longevity noodles that are said to bring good luck and a long life. Chef Andrew Chen of Monkey King Noodle Co. will give a brief overview on the history and significance of noodles in China and also offer up a noodle pulling demo and samplings.

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Culture Display

Chinese Paper Cutting
One popular way to decorate for Chinese New Year is cutting characters and imagery from red paper to hang in windows. 

Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy, the Greek word for beautiful writing, has been considered the supreme art form in China as far back as the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 AD). 

Lantern Painting
Throughout the ages, the Chinese have used lanterns not only as sources of light or simple paper decoration, they symbolize vitality, social status and good luck. Around the world, the round, red lantern remains one of the most easily recognized trademarks of Chinese culture. 

Paper Tiger Lanterns

Children will have the opportunity to create paper tigers to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. 

Passing Red Envelopes 
At Lunar New Year, it’s tradition to give the gift of a bright, beautiful red envelope (known as hóngbāo) to your friends and family. But not just any old envelope. These are filled with money - and symbolize good wishes and luck for the new year ahead. The importance of the hóngbāo isn’t the cash held inside; it’s actually the envelope itself. The red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity in Chinese (and other East Asian) cultures. The custom of giving red envelopes originates in some of the oldest stories of Chinese New Year. Learn more about the Lucky Red Envelop
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Pictures with Displays 
Several models and displays will be out for visitors to take photos with. Make sure you tag the Dallas Chinese Community Center (https://www.facebook.com/dallasccc) and #RichardsonCoreDistrict on your social media pages! 

maps

The event will be held at DFW Chinatown, located in the CORE District in Richardson, Texas at 400 N. Greenville Avenue. Parking will be available at Chinatown and an event bus will be rotating between the DART Arapaho Center Station and the event from 10:00am to 2:30pm. See maps below for more details on event locations and parking. 

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Participating CORE District Restaurants and Retailers
Interactive Map (Link)

Chinatown (Event Location)

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Canton Chinese Restaurant  - ​400 N Greenville Ave 
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Longtime Richardson restaurant with standard Chinese dishes & more unusual choices in a casual setting.


10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Genroku Suski & Grill - ​400 N Greenville Ave

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Sushi & sashimi, along with traditional fusion of Japanese & Taiwanese cuisine. 


10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Good Fortune Supermarket - ​400 N Greenville Ave

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A full-service grocery store that stocks a variety of produce, meats, seafood, and ingredients for Asian cooking. 


5% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Hometown Café - 310 Terrace Dr

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Chinese Restaurant.

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Jeng Chi Restaurant - ​400 N Greenville Ave

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Classic Chinese fare such as dumplings & noodles, plus wine, beer & baked goods in a casual space.


10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Java Land Coffee Haus - ​400 N Greenville Ave

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An international beverage, dessert, and snack café serving high quality, tasty, customizable food and drinks. 

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Maru Ramen - ​400 N Greenville Ave 
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Relaxed Japanese restaurant specializing in ramen noodle dishes served in a minimalist interior.


10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Pho Sen Noodle and Grill - 400 N Greenville Ave

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Vietnamese cuisine using the finest beef and many natural spices to give our rich and flavorful soup that unique aroma and irresistible taste.

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Royal Sichuan King - ​400 N Greenville Ave

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Royal Sichuan is the only restaurant in Richardson that specializes in serving authentic Sichuan.

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Taiwan Café - 300 Terrace Dr

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Chinese Noodle Restaurant.

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Tapioca House  - ​400 N Greenville Ave 
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Taiwanese café with traditional street food, teas and many different kind of drinks.


10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Tofu Factory - ​400 N Greenville Ave

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Korean cuisine based on Soft Tofu Soup.

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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TP Tea  - ​400 N Greenville Ave

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Popular Taiwanese Bubble tea store. Only location in United States. 

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Interurban

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Eiland Coffee Roasters - 532 Interurban Dr

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Eiland Coffee Roasters is a small batch, artisan coffee roaster that specializes in rare & unique single estate coffees.

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

Festival Vendor - Visit coffee shop on Interurban or in Chinatown!

Downtown

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Boba Latte  - ​115 S Greenville Ave #113

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Simple spot for beverages including bubble tea, coffee drinks & a variety of smoothies & slushies.

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First Chinese BBQ - 111 S Greenville Ave

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Chinese BBQ dishes star at this modest restaurant which also serves standard Cantonese recipes.


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First Emperor Chinese - 200 W Polk St
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Family-run eatery preparing traditional Chinese & Taiwanese dishes in simple surrounds.

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His Tea - 221 W Polk St

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Bubble Tea. 

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Isabelly's Chocolates & Sweet Treats - 200 E Main St
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Cake balls, chocolates, and sweet treats shop; gourmet chocolates that are 100% hand made in our chocolate shop in the heart of Richardson.

New Year Special: Stop in for Tiger Cookies and Chinese 5 Spice Truffles

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King's Noodle - 201 S Greenville Ave
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Taiwanese Restaurant.

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Kirin Court - 221 W Polk St

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Bustling Chinese eatery, banquet hall & bar with garden entry known for all-day dim sum service.

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Lone Chimney Mercantile - 205 W Main Street

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Funky little gift shop featuring local makers wares & other great finds in Downtown Richardson. 

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Maria's Chinese Bakery - 137 S. Central Expy

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Chinese Bakery.

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Smartlooks Window & Wall Decor - 101 S Greenville Ave

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Window Treatments and Window Coverings Décor.

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Staycation Coffee - 201 S Texas Street

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A neighborhood coffee shop nestled in the Downtown District of Richardson.

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The Darling Co. - 111 E Polk Street

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A bridal collaboration space providing a one stop shop for stylish brides and a community of talented vendors, all in one darling showroom.

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Lockwood

A second Lion Dance will occur at the Lockwood District from 2:00pm - 2:45pm. After the Chinatown event is over, come and enjoy an after hours celebration in the Lockwood District!

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Communion Coffee Shop - 514 Lockwood Dr

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Laid-back, airy-industrial for coffee, breakfast & lunch plus a co-working & events space.

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Communion Modern Diner - 514 Lockwood Dr

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Laid-back, airy-industrial for coffee, breakfast & lunch plus a co-working & events space.

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

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Greenville Avenue Pizza Company - 520 Lockwood Dr

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Local from scratch pizza  & wings restaurant. 

 

10% Discount Coupon Provided at Festival

Festival Vendor - Visit restaurant on Lockwood or in Chinatown!

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Lockwood Distilling Company - 506 Lockwood Dr

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Distillery & casual restaurant serving, lunch, dinner & brunch with Southern comfort-food spin.

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Monkey King Noodle Company - 520 Lockwood Dr

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The spot for legit Chinese hand pulled noodles, soup dumplings, spicy wontons and all around greatness.

  • Commissary window will be open, so come watch the MKN team make dumplings and noodles

  • Noodle Pulling Demonstration by Owner Andrew Chen - 3:00pm following the Lockwood Lion Dance

  • Food and Drink Specials: Drinks featuring Baijiu liquor  

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Heights

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Bangkok at Beltline - 100 S. Central Expy #108

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Authentic Thai noodles, curries & rice dishes get a sweet ending with choice pastry & tea programs.

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Masami Japanese Sushi & Cuisine - 501 W Beltline Rd

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Japanese eatery offering sushi, hot entrees & sake in a cozy space with modern bench seating.


event disclaimer 
This event may be modified or canceled at any time based on current or forecasted health and safety conditions in the community, or as a result of regulatory factors that the city is required to follow. Please continue to follow us at www.richardsoncoredistrict.com/chinesenewyear or on Facebook for the most up to date information.