LIONS danced and fireworks lit the night sky when Blacktown Council hosted its inaugural Chinese New Year celebration at Nurragingy reserve on Friday.
The free festival was held in the Chang Lai Chinese Garden and included entirely Chinese entertainment, with roving performers and a lion dance.
Visitors ate at Chinese food stalls and were entertained by musicians, magicians, dancers, fruit carvers and tai chi performers.
There were also singers, a fortune-teller and a fireworks display.
The Chang Lai Chinese Garden was built in 2012 to commemorate the Sister City bond between Blacktown City and Liaocheng Municipal Government in China.
The Chang Lai Chinese Garden proudly displays structures inspired by the Ming and Qing dynasties, including a gateway, a seven-arch stone bridge, a light mountain pavilion and a waterfall gazebo.