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Jakarta Post

Semarang gears up for Chinese New Year

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 6 2010   /  01:02 pm

The Chinese community in Semarang is set to revive the Gang Baru traditional market in the West Java capital's Chinatown for the upcoming Imlek (Chinese New Year) celebrations, which fall on Feb. 14 this year. The head of Semarang Chinese Community for Tourism, Haryanto Halim, told The Jakarta Post that the efforts were part of the move to revitalize the city's Chinatown. The traditional market is presently experiencing a lull in business. In the process, he said the community would set up paper lanterns along the market and approach traders and residents affected by the plan. Out of Semarang's 1.4 million residents, around 225,000 are Chinese Indonesians. The revival of the traditional market is hoped to boost the local economy as well as the city's tourism. The community will also hold the Imlek Semawis Market, a night market offering a variety of merchandise a...