On the evening of February 10, 2017, following the opening of the 18th Auckland Lantern Festival in Auckland Central Park on the evening of February 9, as part of the current Lantern Festival, "Being Chinesein Aotearoa" "The Hometown of Chinese and Changbaiyun" photo exhibition opened in the Auckland Museum, attended by more than 500 people from all walks of life in New Zealand. AppoHocton, the first Chinese, arrived in New Zealand 175 years ago, in 1842. This is the earliest record of Chinese entering New Zealand in history, with the exception of Maori from Fujian and Taiwan 700 years ago. Perhaps the language is not clear, the Chinese did not have their own Chinese name, only English name. The exhibition is based on the stories of several families. The precious historical photographs record the tortuous history of Chinese people in New Zealand. With the story of Xu Zhaokai's family, Xu's dream and achievement promoted the industrial progress and wealth accumulation of Daniding city in South Island at that time. Xu attached great importance to Chinese tradition. His charitable organization was responsible for transporting the bones of Chinese workers back to their hometown in Guangdong for re-burial. A typical pottery and gold miner of Shen Zhan came to New Zealand in 1871. After five years of hard work, he saved 100 pounds and returned to Panyu to marry his daughter-in-law, then to New Zealand. Thirty years later, Shen Zhan returned to his hometown and worked as a housekeeper in the local pension hospital. People called him "pious Shen Zhan". Here is also the story of "Nandao Guangzhou". Hundreds of pottery and gold miners live in a place called Yuanshan in Nandao, which is called "Guangzhou Village". There are 123 houses, two hotels and an ancestral temple. People are desperately washing gold on the nearby black beach, hoping to return home as soon as possible. During the exhibition, I had the privilege to see all the exhibits. I noticed that around 1920, the first Chinese folk orchestra was founded in Wellington. From the earliest New Zealand government to restrict and exclude Chinese immigrants by imposing a high head tax on every Chinese immigrant, to advocate multiculturalism vigorously today is a historical progress, hoping for a better future. Overseas Chinese have gone through a long, tortuous and arduous road in New Zealand in 175 years of immigration history. Of course, since 2016, the most attractive thing about Auckland Central Park is the Lantern Festival in Auckland. Hundreds of lanterns, hundreds of delicacies, annual stalls and lantern festivals attracted 250,000 to 300,000 visitors from New Zealand, South Pacific and all over the world. The fireworks on the last night of the Lantern Festival, at 10 o'clock, lit Auckland thoroughly. Chinese cultural elements, the Chinese red of the Auckland Museum, the scene of the sea of people, came from the ash dispatched by the Ministry of Culture of China. Wolf Band, Neger Band, Shanghai Art Troupe, Chengdu Art Troupe, Chengdu Tea Art Exhibition and so on attract tens of thousands of people to watch.
Auckland Central Park is a large garden similar to the botanical garden, where many wonderful plants are planted. Various flowers are very beautiful and purple. The lotus leaves are large enough to cover more than one square, like a huge plate floating on the water, which is very special.
Auckland Central Park is located in the center of the city, and the Auckland Museum is in the center of it. It took me more than twenty minutes to walk from Queen Street to the University of Auckland. The park is very huge. At first, there is an upward slope. Up to the top, there is the museum. The museum is surrounded by a huge lawn. It's very relaxing for the local people to bask in the sun there.
According to the map provided by the hotel front desk staff, we came to Central Park, which is an open hillside. The strong trees and green lawns decorate the natural scenery of the oasis in the high buildings of the city, while the exquisite sculptures and spacious roads add humanistic landscape to the park. The skyscrapers of tall buildings and landmarks in Auckland are clearly visible in the distance, combining different views with the natural landscape of the park. Time is limited, hurried around the park, see a lot of Victorian sculptures, it is a tour here.
Many small animals, Auckland Central Park near the Auckland Museum, is the largest park in Auckland, where many people play football and football.
Near Queen Street, it's very big, so it's not very crowded. It's also a place that tour groups like to take with them. There is a blue sky, a white cloud lawn, and a war memorial museum. It's okay to come and walk around, and the local people like to do sports here.