Once a large industrial area, Darling Harbour is now mostly a tourist ghetto with overpriced restaurants, bars, and shops next to downtown Sydney. A lot of cultural events are held there throughout the year, many being of the semi-manufactured type where a foreign holiday or festival is recreated in an attempt to bring the community together.
For several nights over the weeks leading up to Christmas, carols are sung at the Darling Harbour Christmas tree followed by a small fireworks display over the water. The event of course draws large crowds, which for some reason seems to have a large percentage of Asians, greater than what might be expected from the community at large. Maybe it’s just the proximity of Darling Harbour to Chinatown, but if anyone has some cultural insight into why the Asian community might enjoy this type of event more than people of other ethnic backgrounds, I’d be curious to hear your comments.