WELCOME! The Phoenix Chinese Week Committee, in cooperation with City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. and the Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu Committees, is proud to present PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK 2023, a series of cultural, social and educational events highlighting the diverse heritage of an ancient culture with 5,000 years of history.
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the 33rd annual Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival. Enjoy continuous live entertainment including dragon and lion dances, folk dances, musical performances, tai chi and martial arts demonstrations. Sample a variety of delicious Asian food from our food trucks and food vendors, chill out at our beer garden, kids will have fun at the Children's Pavilion, shop interesting items from our merchandise vendors, check out our Koi fish and other exhibits, and participate in many hands-on activities. Test your skill using chopsticks at the chopstick challenge, take a selfie in full traditional Chinese costume, play a game of mahjong, learn how to use the abacus, try a Chinese Yo-yo, have your English name translated into Chinese characters, and much more!
YEAR OF THE RABBIT in the Chinese calendar begins on Jan. 22, 2023 and lasting to Feb. 9, 2024. Rabbit ranks fourth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs.
For Chinese people, the rabbit is a tame creature representing hope and life. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are generally positive, gentle, approachable, and elegant. They love freedom, but once they set goals, they follow through without distractions. They are also self-disciplined, the typical kind of people who are strict with themselves but tolerant of others. They are best matched with the Sheep, Monkey, Dog, or Pig. RABBIT is not compatible with the Snake or Rooster.
OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CEREMONY SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 – 9 a.m.
The Phoenix Chinese Week Committee along with Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., the Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei and Chengdu Committees, officials, and dignitaries will officially kick off the Phoenix Chinese Week 2023 Culture and Cuisine Festival at the grand opening ceremony featuring traditional lion dance, performances and entertainment.
THE PHOENIX CHINESE WEEK FESTIVAL INCLUDES:
The Children's Pavilion provides free children's cultural projects. Demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy with translating English names into Chinese, paper folding, folk art, paper cutting and other arts and crafts. Children of all ages can enjoy the cultural and fun hands-on activities.
A variety of delicious and authentic Chinese and Asian cuisine is available throughout the festival in addition to food truck favorites.
TEA GARDEN- TEA CEREMONY DEMONSTRATION
Learn about Chinese tea culture through tea ceremony demonstration, protocol of preparing and serving tea, equipment displays and the history of the tea tradition.
Enjoy the festivities and food while relaxing with an iced cold beer. Sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company.
SPECIAL KOI FISH EXHIBIT
The Phoenix Valley of the Sun Koi Club will conduct its annual Koi Exhibit during the Phoenix Chinese Week Festival. See hundreds of award-winning Koi fish as well as a Koi Equipment Trade Show. The Valley of the Sun Koi Club will be providing Koi education and history of the Koi.
TAIPEI DRAGON BOAT DISPLAY
A traditional dragon boat for races at the mid-summer Duan Wu Festival will be displayed. Dragon boat racing, a Chinese tradition dating back over 2,500 years ago, was to honor the poet and patriot Qu Yuan. This dragon boat is a gift from the City of Taipei, Taiwan to the city of Phoenix in honor of the historic friendship between the people of both cities developed through a Sister City relationship that spans over 40 years.
CHINESE CULTURE AND HISTORY BOOTH
See 5,000 years of Chinese culture on display. Learn how to use the abacus- the “Chinese Computer”- to solve mathematical problems and discover other inventions, including the printing block, kites, compasses and more. Traditional Chinese attire, pictures, puppets, tangrams, and other Chinese inventions will be exhibited. Cooking demonstrations at various times.
CHINESE COSTUME PHOTO BOOTH
Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transform into an Imperial prince or princess! Take the ultimate selfie, friends or family portrait in full traditional Chinese costume with props. Four-legged friends are welcome.
Mahjong is fun and enormously popular, a classic Chinese game of strategy, skill, and summation. See the art of mahjong playing as you watch demonstrations and have an opportunity to try your hand at this game - a traditional past-time of young and old especially at Chinese New Year.
Chopsticks are useful for eating and cooking, but you can have fun with them too! Learn how to hold chopsticks, then try your skill to win a prize.
CHINESE NEW YEAR BANQUET
SATURDAY, January 28
GREAT WALL HONG KONG CUISINE
3446 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 85017 6:30 p.m. - No-host Cocktail Reception, 7 p.m. - Dinner
Join a celebration of the Chinese New Year and the conclusion of Phoenix Chinese Week 2023 with a delicious, authentic 10-course banquet of Chinese cuisine. Cost is $70 per person.