Gold Coast Chinatown Precinct Plan

Grant funding was provided by the State Government to develop the Gold Coast Chinatown Precinct Plan in conjunction with the association, local Chinese community, Sister Cities and local businesses and property owners. The Precinct Plan was developed in consultation with Feng Shui experts and includes streetscape and embellishment design, retail and events strategies, plus investment attraction activities and management.

Download the Gold Coast Chinatown Precinct Plan (PDF).

The streetscape was specifically designed to hold large scale events and construction commenced in 2014. The works included widened footpaths, new footpath and street lighting, landscaping reflecting Feng Shui principals, event power and water connections, upgrades to underground services, undergrounding of overhead power lines and flush kerb and channels.

Once the streetscape works were complete, cultural embellishments have been installed overtime to ensure our Chinatown is rooted in tradition but reflects a modern Asia aesthetic. These include:

Street Furniture

Street furniture within Chinatown porvides a stuble culutral embellishment that references the Chinese dragron, a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. The patterns created by the flow of water over sand in the Broadwater also form a link to the scales and movement of the dragon, a reptilian pattern re-surfacing throughout the Gold Coast. These patterns have been carved into the granite furniture suite. Polished brass is used as a highlight on the furniture, as gold is considered the most beautiful and auspicious colour in the Chinese culutre as well as being a direct reference to the Gold Coast. The brass is also used in the single seats in the shapes of Chinese rice bowls and tea cups.

Paifang

Three Paifang gateways mark the entries to the heart of Chinatown and represent the City’s relationship with our Chinese sister cities and partner organisations. Each gateway represent the Feng Shui meanings of Harmony, Harvest and Wealth.

Beihai City provided the conceptual design for the Harmony and Harvest Paifangs renown with the Han Dynasty, which has over 2,000 years of history.

The Wealth Paifang was completed in 2018 and spans 14 metres across Davenport Street, near Davison Lane and stands about nine metres. It was designed in collaboration with our Friendship City Chengdu, The Chengdy Municipal People's Government, Chengdu Dov. Design Co and Urban Art Projects. Traditional Chinese craftsman made many of the materials in the paifang, giving it authenticity. The paifang greeting tanslates to 'wishing you good fortune and everything you desire' and is a popular Chinese saying.

Lanterns and projection imagery

The lanterns reflect the Feng Shui colours of Gold Coast Chinatown, being: Red – Wealth, Gold – Double Happiness, Blue – Harmony and Green – Harvest. The patterns on the lanterns are inspired by fireworks, the explosive sequences of light and colour that are a traditional celebration of many Chinese festivals. Red knots at the base of the large red lanterns and the gold lanterns are inspired by Chinese knots traditionally used in festivals.

In conjunction with UAP’s China and Australia offices, the lanterns were designed by artist Belinda Smith, and projection artwork (Chinese streetscape and real street life imagery) were designed by artists Belinda Smith and Alexander Adam, with photography by Jamie Perrow.

Artwork

Chinatown is the home of the City's statue of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius, which was donated to the City by Jining City in Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius.

"Pandamonium" is half panda and half koala statue and was donated by Ted Fong, Executive President of the Gold Coast Chinese Club inc and founding member and Chairman of the Gold Coast Chinatown Association. The statue reflects the similarities between China and Australia’s national icons – both irresistible and vulnerable. “Pandamonium” was designed by artists David Renn and John Cox as part of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation’s “Animals with Attitude Sculpture Trail”.

The YOUtilised Laneways Program recently delivered a series of five, artidtically curated public art installations from internationally accliamed artists including Sofles, John Kaye and Shida in Davison Lane, Southport. Other artwork, both ephemeral and permanent, will continue to appear as Chinatown evolves.

For further information, contact the CBD Office