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January 2012: Chinese New Year of the Dragon

Events in Orange County, Southern California, USA

  • January 23, 2012 Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon 2012!
  • Chinese New Year services and events at Paofa Buddhist Temple 寶法寺 in Irvine.
  • January 28, 2012. Free Metrolink Ride to Downtown Los Angeles Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade! Click on pictures below for more information on metrolink website.

  • Sunday January 28, 2012. Tustin Library 2012 Lunar New Year Celebration.  Joy / Music / Dance / Fashion Show / Photography / Arts / Appreciation / Friendship / Culture Exchange Tustin Library, 345 East Main Street, Tustin, CA, 9278

Tustin Library 2012 Lunar New Year Celebration

  •  Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon. Yelp comments on Asian Garden Mall.
  • Little Saigon Lunar New Year Celebrations.
  • Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebrations: Tet Festival Spring of Peace 2012. Check back later for schedule of events.
  • Last year: 2011 Tet Parade The city of Westminster presented its annual Tet Parade featuring traditional music, dance and costuming. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Parade began at Magnolia Street at Bolsa Avenue and turns right onto Bushard Street, ending at Bishop Place, Westminster. 714-895-2860. Last year’s Dragon Dance rehearsal for Irvine Chinese School Spring Carnival.
  • Sunday 10am to 2pm. March 18, 2012. Outdoors Spring Carnival at the Irvine Chinese School , 9 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620.  Phone: (949) 559-6868. Fun games, delicious Chinese foods. Tickets go on sale February 4th to March 4th. Take advantage of the Pre-Sale discount: 12 tickets for $10. Regular ticket price at the event will be $1 per ticket.
  • Hacienda Heights

January 2012: Chinese New Year of the Dragon

Events in Los Angeles, Southern California, USA

  • Downtown Los Angeles Chinatown
  • Monterey Park
  • San Gabriel
  • February 4, 5, 2012. Vietnamese “LA Tet Festival 2012” in El Monte, CA.

Orange County Shopping for Chinese Items

  • Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon.
  • Little Saigon, Westminster.
  • Orange County Grocery Stores
  • Diamond Jamboree chinese late night eateries.

Orange County Chinese Eateries

  • 85 degrees bakery
  • JJ Bakery
  • Dim sum at Capitol Seafood in Diamond Jamboree Center, Irvine

Southern California Shopping for Everything Chinese

  • Shopping for Chinese goods in Downtown Los Angeles Chinatown.
  • San Gabriel, California
  • Monterey Park, Califoria
  • Alhambra, California
  • Local Chinese Grocery Stores


Online Shopping for Chinese Goods

  • Online shopping for Chinese clothes, books
  • YESAsia
  • Chinese props and cultural items:

Local Chinese Schools

  • Irvine Chinese School , Irvine, California
  • Tzu Chih Chinese School, Irvine, California
  • Tshin-Tshin Chinese School, Huntington Beach, California

Buddhist Temples

  • (Not really chinese but worth noting) Spend a day at Deer Park Monastry, Escondido, California. Venerable Reverend Thich Nhat Hanh Wikipedia article.

Deer Park Monastry

Pao Fa Temple close to Barranca and Jamboree, South of The District Shopping Center in Irvine, California. Please visit with a sense of reverence. This is a place of spiritual practice.

Chinese Churches

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  • A chinese

    I wonder if you know of any celebration for Chinese New Year (2012) in Pao-Fau Temple in Irvine. I couldn’t find anything. Thanks!

    January 17, 2012
  • A chinese

    Thank you for the prompt response.

    I am looking for temples that have performances such as dragon dance, and activities such as firecrackers lighting.

    I know temples in LA County do these, but I am not aware of any ones in Orange County that do. Do you know of any?

    January 17, 2012

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