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22nd January – Chinese New Year’s Eve in Melaka

Happy Birthday James!

Today is Chinese new Years Eve, so the town is packed with lots Chinese people and other non chinese people who have come from surrounding regions, including Indonesia to celebrate it here in Melaka.

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The new year will be the year of the Dragon and China town is currently covered in a sea of red. Red lanterns are strewn across doors, lamp posts and anything that can hold a lantern. The atmosphere is not as electric as I expected or maybe wanted it to be. There was some sort of tension in the air as I think everyone is waiting for the new year.

We visited the Chen Hoon Teng temple, where the Chinese people gave offerings and thanks for this year and also welcoming the dragon.

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We flittered in and out of the town in the afternoon walking on Jonker Walk street. In the evening, we went to see what activities or show will be going on. It wasn’t much, apparently everything happens around 11pm and we were tired so we ate at the stalls , we were given oranges wrapped in a plastic sheet as an offering and then went back to guesthouse around 10pm.

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Julie went to sleep whilst I watched the Arsenal (1) vs Man Utd (2) game. At midnight the fireworks started to go off which I saw from the window of our guesthouse and then went to sleep at 3am.

En français:

Aujourd’hui c’est la veille du Nouvel An chinois alors on a prévu de passer notre temps dans Chinatown.

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On n’est toujours pas bien calés à l’heure malaise alors on quitte la guesthouse assez tard.
On se balade dans Chinatown, en particulier autour de Jonker Walk.
On visite le temple Chen Hoon Teng, rempli de fidèles puis n rejoint l’artère principale pour y déjeuner.

On se pose au Geographer’s Café et on commande chacun un plat traditionnel de Melaka, moi je prends du Satay avec riz spécial Jonker Walk (nasi goreng).
Après le déjeuner, on décide de faire un tour autour des monuments inscrits au Patrimoine Mondial de l’Unesco: Porta de Santiago, Sultanate Palace etc…

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On rentre se reposer à la guesthouse histoire d’être prêt pour les festivités.

Eh ben on a été bien déçus. On s’attendait à des danses de dragon, des parades, de la musique etc… Mais non, rien de tout ça. En fait, trois soirs par semaine, il y a un marche de nuit et ce soir en était un et les animations n’avaient rien n’a voir avec le Nouvel An chinois.
On est restés dans Chinatown jusqu’à plus de 22h puis on a abandonné.

Une fois à la guesthouse, on a entendu des feux d’artifice vers minuit.

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