On January 25, São Paulo honors the anniversary of its foundation. In 2020, however, another celebration will take place in several parts of the city: Chinese New Year. Commemorations will be spread in areas across the city center, in neighborhoods such as the wealthy area of Pinheiros, and the East Asian—predominantly Japanese—district of Liberdade. In a few years, however, some Chinese entrepreneurs are hoping the festivities will take place in São Paulo’s very own Chinatown.
The project is led by the Brazil-China Socio-Cultural Institute (Ibrachina). Its initial phase—estimated to cost some BRL 150 million—would consist of installing Chinese-themed lamp posts, trash cans, and 9-meter-high porticos. A second phase would include a suspended walkway, a park, a theater, and a museum—among other cultural attractions.