6 Easy Chinese New Year Celebration Places in Chinatown, Padang Indonesia

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6 Easy Chinese New Year Celebration Places in Chinatown, Padang Indonesia 

Always a classic celebration, but it’s sort of different from this current situation. Yes, let’s talk Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year. Everyone’s craving for that much needed social vibe, with thousands of tourists and people with the same celebratory thirst. Everyone’s in need of maybe some mega-sized extravagant displays, heterogeneous live performances, and possibly never-ending choices of food or fireworks. But have you ever considered celebrating CNY in some other ASEAN city? Perhaps you can try the one in Padang, Indonesia’s Chinatown.

Being the capital and the largest city of West Sumatra, Padang should not be underrated and excluded from your travel lists, especially if you would want that quick and easy weekend celebratory Indonesia trip. It’s one of the nicer and more relaxed cities, with the right amount of sea, sun, and Chinatown sensations. Here are some of the places you can anticipate, once you visit Padang’s Chinatown area.

Food Trip Street

Address: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g297726-d6531532-r392718431-China_Town-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html

Padang is famous for its cuisine, and this tour will take you to go on a culinary journey. For 4 hours, you will be taken to taste the delectable Padang cuisine such as Sate Kuah Kuning, Soto Padang, to egg tea to warm you up, Not limited to that, before starting the trip, you will enjoy the beautiful sunset at the beach. This tour is completed with round-trip service, so there's no reason to miss this one! Read more at: https://www.traveloka.com/en-sg/activities/indonesia/product/padang-street-food-with-motorcycle-4-hour-tour-2000547457494

Padang Chinatown Cafes

Address: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/07/16/living-chinese-culture-padang-style.html

Their signature drinks include the staple ice coffee and the Kopi Talua (raw egg coffee), a weird yet satisfying combination. These not only depict good old times but also help to satisfy your caffeine fix! The building itself is a perfect illustration of cultural heritage, a historical landmark where our favorite beverage has been served and enjoyed in much the same way for decades. Read more at: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/sumatra/legendary-padang-street-food/

Padang Old Town

Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g297726-d6531532-r277996124-China_Town-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html

Padang Old Town, or Padang Lama, is the old part of Padang that is lined with colonial Dutch buildings that are still intact along the Batang Arau River. The harbour along the river was once a very important port. Across the river is Padang Hill, the first settlement before Padang developed into a town. Just east is Pasar Batipuh and Pasa Gadung, which was formally the market place. The buildings now are used for warehouses for spices. A little west is Chinatown and many old buildings including an old Buddhist temple with Chinese architecture, which is estimated to be over 200 years old. Read more at: https://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/the-old-town-of-padang/

Padang Chinatown Street Art

Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297726-d6531532-Reviews-China_Town-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html

The streets on the edge of Padang’s Chinatown are crumbling. The various states of disrepair range from shutters swinging in the wind from a dilapidated window frame, to columns of old red bricks jutting out of the ground, reaching for nowhere, and caressed by creepers and vines. Read more at: https://indonesiaexpat.biz/travel/the-soul-of-padang-is-on-the-streets/

Hok Tek Tong

Address: Jl. Letnan Suwaji No.4, Sumbersari, Parakan Wetan, Parakan, Kabupaten Temanggung, Jawa Tengah 56254, Indonesia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hok-Tek-Tong-563809577012442/

Walking the walk: Hundreds of Chinese Indonesians from the Hok Tek Tong (HTT) community in Padang accompany their children, who are riding on top of a "centipede" carried by 1,500 men, in a carnival held to mark the city's 150th anniversary on Thursday. The carnival, which had been unofficially dubbed "the world's longest centipede carnival", had 223 children riding atop the 243-meter-long centipede along a 3.9 kilometer route. Read more at: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/08/23/walking-walk.html 

Chinatown Temple

Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297726-d6531532-Reviews-China_Town-Padang_West_Sumatra_Sumatra.html

Take a pleasant walk around the older parts of Padang like Kampung Cina (China town) where turn of the century houses line the streets. Around here you’ll see a collection of Chinese herbalists doing business as well as coffee shops that can provide a refreshing cool drink to escape the heat of the day. Read more at: https://alwaysrestlessfeet.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/chinese-temple-in-china-town-in-padang-indonesia-kampung-cina/

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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