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 principles, 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 were installed over time to ensure our Chinatown is rooted in tradition but also reflects a modern Asia aesthetic. These include:

Street Furniture

Chinatown street furniture references the Chinese dragon, a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. The patterns created by the flow of water over sand in the Broadwater and the reptilian pattern form a link to the scales and movement of the dragon which are 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 Chinese culture as well as being a direct reference to the Gold Coast. The brass is also used to create the single seats in the shapes of Chinese rice bowls and tea cups.

Paifang (entry gateways)

Three Paifangs mark the three entries to the heart of Chinatown and represent the City’s relationship with our Chinese Sister Cities. Each gateway represents the Feng Shui meaning of Harmony, Harvest or Wealth.

Beihai City provided the conceptual design for the Harmony and Harvest Paifangs inspired by the Han Dynasty which has a history of over 2,000 years. The Harmony Paifang was completed in 2014 and marks the eastern entrance to Chinatown on the corner of Young and Scarborough Streets. The Harvest Paifang was completed in 2016 and marks the western entrance on the corner of Young and Garden Streets.

The Wealth Paifang was completed in 2018 and spans 14 metres across Davenport Street and stands nine metres high. It was designed in collaboration with our Sister City, Chengdu, Chengdu Municipal People's Government, Chengdu Dov. Design Co and Urban Art Projects. Traditional Chinese craftsman made many of the materials in the Paifang, contributing to its authenticity. The Paifang greeting translates to 'wishing you good fortune and everything you desire' and is a popular Chinese saying.

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”.

In 2018 the YOUtilised Laneways Program delivered a series of five, artistically curated public art installations from internationally acclaimed artists including Sofles, John Kaye and Shida in Davison Lane, Southport. More recently, additional artwork has been added to the Chinatown tapestry with additional artwork being added to Regent Lane.

For further information, contact the CBD Office