Chinese New Year, Box Hill Style


In need of a break from the frantic race to finish my screenplay, last Saturday night Glenn and I headed into Box Hill to check out the Chinese New Year celebrations. Having worked in Box Hill Central for five years, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the place. Despite all of its frustrations [and there are so many – for example, the way that people walk so slowly and randomly stop in such a haphazard way that really is unique to the area], Box Hill [or Box Hell, as I used to affectionately call it] is one of the few places that I consider to be a part of my Melbourne.


Somehow, however, I’d never actually been to the Chinese New Year celebrations until this year. I remember the dragon coming to visit my work, but I had no idea about all the other festivities. The Box Hill Chinese New Year festival closes down local streets and lasts until the early hours of the morning. I only hung around for a couple of hours, but the place was completely packed. There were food stalls and rides and laughing clowns. It was like a carnival.


If you’re in the area next year, I highly recommend taking a look – it’s quite the experience. Plus, they have spiral potatoes! Until then, however, enjoy the year of the snake.




  • Glenn
    6 years ago

    I really wish this wasn’t the only exciting thing to happen in Box Hill all year. It’s nice to be able to go out to an event that only requires a 5 minute bus ride to get to.

  • 6 years ago

    Box Hill is such a strange place, though. I can’t really imagine what other kinds of events could be held there.

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