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Celebrate Chinese New Year Festival with illuminated Terracotta warriors

By Louise Morrin

The Chinese New Year Festival will be running from 13 to 22 February in Sydney, and one installation to check out over this time is the illuminated Terracotta warriors being added to the Sydney harbour.

There will be 90 warriors – each standing at 2.1 metres tall – lighting up the Hickson Road Reserve in a kaleidoscope of dazzling colours, which were originally created by a team of Chinese artists for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 

Fashioned out of fabric and wire, these warriors align with the traditional Chinese lantern fixtures. Lord mayor Clover Moore said this is the first time the installation has been brought to Australia, and will be a part of the ongoing Chinese New year celebrations.

"Sydneysiders and visitors will be enchanted by the beauty of the lanterns that will complement the iconic view of our stunning harbour and Opera House," said lord Mayor Moore in a 16 January statement. 

The Terracotta warriors are just one of the many attractions to be soaked up over the period, so if you live in property in Carlton, be sure to head along during the February festival to see the amazing displays and take part in the festivities. 

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