Warwick Combined Probus Club tours Chinatown
CHINATOWN was invaded by members of the Warwick Combined Probus Club for a tour of the commercial precinct.
The guide, Chiu-Hing Chan, met the group at the Giant Carp which was a gift to the city of Brisbane and represents the merging of the cultures of China and Australia.
A representation of the Brisbane River runs through the body of the Carp which is a symbol of perseverance and good luck.
The Palmer River Gold fields attracted many Chinese settlers to Queensland.
After the gold rush they commenced farming, particularly market gardening, and established bananas in North Queensland.
The original Chinatown centred on Charlotte St and featured a variety of shops, and opium dens.
Many brothels within the precinct were operated by Irish migrants.
Chinese restaurants were established in Fortitude Valley to satisfy demand by US troops stationed in Brisbane during the war.
The current Chinatown developed as a shopping precinct around these restaurants.
Expo 88 inspired moves to redevelop and upgrade; the precinct.
The tour visited a supermarket featuring Asian cuisine, a Chinese Herbalist and a shop trading in materials and jade where we were introduced to food, medicine, and culture of the Chinese community.
Following a demonstration by the chef at the Golden Palace Restaurant, six members showed their skill in making spring rolls.
This was followed by a Chinese banquet and a tea ceremony.